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Sep. 3rd, 2011 | 06:36 pm

I've been meaning to blog about this for couple of days now, but apparently I've been too "busy".

So, they've released promotional pictures from The Hobbit. Now we can get a glimpse of the dwarves.

A couple of notes:


It's funny to notice that after describing the first four dwarves with some detail, Tolkien apparently got bored, and the only descriptions the next nine dwarves get focus on the colours of their hoods (plus Thorin's long silver tassel). Oh, and Bombur is fat, that is noteworthy.

With this being the case, I can't help but wonder why the makers of the movie don't use their artistic freedom only when Tolkien didn't provide descriptions. I mean, you've got 13 dwarves, and only four of them have distinct descriptions (i.e. what are their beards like), so why would you want to mess with that, when you still have quite free hands with the nine other dwarves?!

Okay, so the looks of the dwarves aren't such a big deal for me. I won't boycott the movie for this. But I do like the silly little details, and it's hard for me to understand why someone would disregard the details in a situation where the details are very scarce.

Of course I also understand that The Hobbit is mostly a book for children, whereas LotR targets more mature audiences. No doubt they want to make The Hobbit movies look similar to LotR movies. Tolkien's descriptions of the dwarves may easily make you think of the dwarves of Snow White (funny, the Disney film came out the same year The Hobbit was first published – did people of the 30's see dwarves like that?)

Anyway, I'm eagerly waiting for The Hobbit, and I think Bilbo is looking, well, himself (okay, he could be a bit fatter), and Gandalf is good old Gandalf.

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Ilari Kajaste

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from: Ilari Kajaste [ilarikajaste.fi]
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
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Re. first 4 dwarves having descriptions: Not necessariy Tolkien getting bored, but could be he's indirectly describing what Bilbo feels like - he'd pay a lot more attention to the first four or so, but after that it's like "oh great yet another one of those things, kthxbye".

It is of course quite an insignificant detail, but still weird that they didn't follow the descriptions - even just for the sake of crazy fans. :) I'd love to hear what was discussed in that meeting. Main thing is, of course, that the dwarves look really good! I'm starting to get my hopes up for this movie!

And yey for dwarven Obelix! <3

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Wavemaid

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from: wavemaid
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
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That's a good point, although if he would have written in Bilbo's POV, then it would make even more sense.

And yes, dwarves do look good. I was actually a bit afraid of how they'd manage to give the dwarves some individualism. If it was hard enough to tell Merri and Pippin apart, then what do you do with 13 dwarves...

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Ilari Kajaste

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from: Ilari Kajaste [ilarikajaste.fi]
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
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Yup, excplicit Bilbo's POV would make it very clear. But it could be there's an implicit Bilbo POV, even when using a technically omniscient narrator. I guess you'd have to look for the literary clues for this from the same chapter to be sure. :) Besides, it doesn't even need to be Bilbo's POV, since it might also be directed towards giving the same subtle emotional impact directly for the reader - since the reader, just like Bilbo, is being flooded with dwarves (which IIRC is clearly also the intent of the author there). Yea yea, over-analyzing, but what's more fun than that! :D

The dwarves indeed had a very nice distinct look, and even character! But yea, I'm already mentally prepared not to be aware of which of them is which and said what. I really, really, really suck at following similar characters distinctly in a story. Even in the book I mostly remember them as just a bunch of dwarves. Then again, it's been a while since I read the book...

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Wavemaid

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from: wavemaid
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
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I've read the book about 30-40 times (yep...), and I can tell you, they really are just a bunch of dwarves. I've been to a party where we tried to remember the names of every dwarf (no, there party didn't revolve around that), and it was quite hard.

Thorin is the leader, Fili and Kili are the youngest, Bombur is fat and hungry all the time. If I remember correctly, Balin is the closest one to Bilbo, and is also the one who mostly interacts with him (carrying Bilbo when they are escaping from the goblins etc.), and also comes to visit him with Gandalf at the end of the book (and now it's really embarrassing, if it's actually someone else). One of the dwarves was very good with tinderbox, but who, that I don't remember.

So, basically, five dwarves would have been more than enough.

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Wavemaid

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from: wavemaid
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
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Yeah, embarrassing. It's actually Dori who first carries Bilbo when they're under the mountain, and after that the dwarves carry him in turns. Dori is also the last one to carry Bilbo.

And Balin is the look-out-man, like I vaguely remembered. And he is the one to visit Bilbo at the end of the book.

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Wavemaid

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from: wavemaid
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
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According to this page Balin is actually quite close to the original description, because he is actually on the left in the pic. So, the only problem in that pic is Dwalin's beard, then (not blue and not tucked into any sort of belt).

Also, one thing that bothers me is Thorin's age. He's supposed to be the eldest of them all, and Balin is the second eldest. Doesn't look like that, though.

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Wavemaid

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from: wavemaid
date: Sep. 5th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Oh, it just hit me. Thorin is the Aragorn of this movie, that's why they didn't make him look too old.

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