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Here be dwarves! Dori, Nori and Ori from The Hobbit!!!

Published at: July 7, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The Hobbit goodies keep coming with our first look at some of the many, many dwarves from Peter Jackson's upcoming LOTR prequel, courtesy of the good folks at ComingSoon.

Below are Dori (Mark Hadlow), Nori (Jed Brophy) and Ori (Adam Brown) in full costume and correct size. Check 'em out!

 

 

Yep, those are certainly dwarves! Can't wait to see how the chemistry between these guys plays out. The book gives them all so much personality and I'm dying to see it play out in live action.

What about you?

-Quint
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  • July 7, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Who plays Snow White?

    by Snookeroo

  • July 7, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    certainly a different look than that of LOTR....

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...is this the village people of Dwarves?

  • July 7, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    they look awesome cant wait to see this

    by Jeremy Bayles

  • July 7, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    goth dwarves

    by Loosejerk

    great.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Not a fan of these actually.

    by HoboCode

    One has starfruit hair. One has an Ewok/Muslim hoodie. And one lookslike Ulysses S. Grant.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty damn good to me

    by cableline

    I was curious if there would be a slight stylistic change from the LOTR movies, seeing as there is definitely a difference in the books and it seems that there has been to some degree. But I like the way the dwarves look in this picture.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    cool

    by CT1

    not gay at all

  • July 7, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    glad they are not cg

    by godhelpus

    so cool to see this happening in a wasteland of movie shit, more, more, more

  • July 7, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I always picture dwarves as fat.

    by jawaburger

    I want to see a bunch of short fat dwarves. loosejerk: Love the goth dwarves comment. I wonder if they will cut themselves.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Unlucky Dickhead

    by donkey_lasher

    You're in the minority Soapfart.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Lookin' good

    by slone13

    Fuck anyone who thinks otherwise.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Godhelpus

    by donkey_lasher

    I've got to agree with you. We're being bombarded with more and more Sci Fi/fantasy Duds. I saw Tansformers 3 the other day, and while it was an amazing sight, the CG and destruction just hid a piss poor story. X Men first class wasn't that good either.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Most of the dwarves were not fat.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Bombur is fat.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    The one on the left looks positively stupid.

    by alienindisguise

  • July 7, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    I like how distinctive they are...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...will go a long way in telling them apart when 13 of them are on screen together.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I know what it is

    by eric haislar

    No Helmet. that's why it looks weird. Gimli 95% of the time had his helmet on. these don't have them.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Bring Me The Green!!!!

    by Partyslammer

    Hobbits recolored for the eventual Blu-ray "Lucky Charms" edition. http://tinyurl.com/4467vvu

  • July 7, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    The one on the right

    by AKRay

    looks like Fisher Stevens.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    awesome

    by elsewhere

    I'm glad they have there own look and flavor. Contrary to what some people believe, not all dwarves look like Gimli. Considering the number in the Hobbit, this will greatly help differentiate them.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Give Me One Clean Shaven Dwarf

    by filegumbo

    Do all the dwarves have to have ridiculous facial hair? That starfish head dude with all of the braids is going seriously metrosexual. He couldn't be counted on to join a battle because he needs an hour in the bathroom to arrange his hair and beard.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    think of the possibilities

    by cuntworthy

    star head could do some cross promotion for hardee's/carl's jr

  • July 7, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Not sure about Manga Dwarf?

    by DanboJohnJ

    ..and i could do with more beards and axe action. I actually thought this was a pic of some models or toys at first,very waxy plastic look to the faces.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    soapfart - word brother

    by hey_kobe_tell_me_how_your_ass_tastes

    only fuckwitted douchebags like lotr. what a bunch of boring ass gas shit those movies were

  • July 7, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Yeah, tell it soapfart!

    by the ageless stranger

    Nobody liked those shit films, that's why they bombed at the box office and were instantly forgotten.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Gimli looked alot better than these....

    by BeanGrud

  • July 7, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    So...

    by 3Dspiderbat

    ...Dori is some form of Dwarf-Orangutan mutant hybrid? And I don't recall them hitting the trail with a large supply of Aqua-net and hair extensions in the book. The others look quite good, though. I know these things are all Photoshop franken-composites these days, but please. Hopefully Dori won't look as stupid in actuality.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Those three dwarves...

    by buggerbugger

    ...represent the Lollipop Guild of Middle-earth.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Obviously Del Toro Design

    by AshMcQ

    which is a good thing

  • July 7, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The twats are out today...

    by Righteous Brother

    soapfart and Hey_Kobe_long_mysognistic name tosser. Who probably only knows about women what he's learnt from internet porn - sad fucking sack of shit.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    AWESOME!

    by ZOMBRE

    but onering.net has much bigger pictures.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Looks really good so far

    by Cureguy

    Has a similar look to LOTR dwarves but remember this is sixty years earlier so it is a different look. Starfish head is hilarious, I just hope they don't push the humor too over the top.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Gimli didn't look better...

    by darthwaz1

    He looked different. We're used to Gimli and we EXPECT to see dwarves that all look like Gimli clones..I'm SO happy that PJ isn't doing that!! These are great!

  • July 7, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    by Shawn

    Get ready, Richard Taylor from WETA will use "culture" five times in a sentence.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hmmm...they just look like little men.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Gimli had too much shit on his face and was pretty silly overall, but I'd also like Dwarves to be somehow less human. Legend had it that Dwarves were made from stone, and would return to stone after death. They were made first, when Melkor ruled, and so were made tough and hard of mind and body...more so than any other people. These just look like short guys.

  • My instinct would be to scour the planet for the hardest, meanest, toughest looking motherfuckers I could find and go from there.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    starhead looks like skinny peter jackson

    by wattos new hat

  • July 7, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Okay, Tolkein talked about dwarves having brightly-colored hoods

    by FeralAngel

    ...not Gothwear. Yeesh. I knew it. This "Hobbit" is going to be dark and gray and gloomy, just so's people will take it seriously. Never mind the way Tolkein wrote it. Damn. Very disappointing.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    @jawaburger, they're not fat - just big-boned! And short...

    by impossibledreamers

  • July 7, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    why did dwarves from LOTR look the same

    by drunkenmonkey73

    And not like the dwarves from the Hobbit picture and understand you have to make them indivduals and i guess the Hobbit is very different book to LOTR. check this LOTR link out. http://tinyurl.com/6kuxq2t

  • July 7, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    ehm...

    by vee dagama

    Lisa Simpson with a moustache, a derp who is trying to eat his own face and Sio Bibble on the right? Color me curious but i hope this isn't the look they're going to keep for the more bad ass dwarves.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    drunkenmonkey73

    by elsewhere

    Not all dwarves come from the same region. There are many different clans. I suspect some of the dwarves will look very similar to Gimli.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Haters gotta hate.

    by Frojitsu

    Though not sure why they do that here. You haters think you are going to lessen the excitement for a cinematic return to Middle-Earth at AICN? Sorry, but I am excited for this. So are millions of others. I am happy that the design of the dwarves is varied. It keeps them visually distinct and allows the filmmakers to explore their culture a bit more. I mean, all we got in LOTR was Gimli, other dwarves in Rivendell, and dwarf skeletons. The Hobbit will give us a better look at Dwarves and their society, which is nice, considering they had almost nothing to do in the LOTR movies (not that they were featured in the book, either).

  • July 7, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Is that guy on the right the Burton oompa loompa actor?

    by Knobules

  • July 7, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    See the high res version here:

    by AssyMuffJizz

    http://www-images.theonering.org/torwp/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Dori-Nori-and-Ori.jpg or http://tinyurl.com/3uj46b8 It looks tons better in hi-res.

  • to fit with LOTR. THE HOBBIT is a lighter, brighter tale for younger children, but that's just the way it's told in that particular book...the storytelling style. If you look at the material in the appendices (and you probably have), there was plenty of heavy shit going on at the time of THE HOBBIT. In that sense, THE HOBBIT is an artificially light tale about a much darker and larger world. Seems like Jackson and Co. aren't really doing a THE HOBBIT movie. They're doing a movie about that particular bit of the Third Age, with a special focus on the events told in THE HOBBIT.

  • July 7, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Look like the tech support guys at my office

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    All dwarves must have long thick beards, even the chick dwarves!

  • July 7, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I wish I cared.

    by D Ropaela

    I really wish I do.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    PJ's trying to 'Game of Thrones' it up.

    by D Ropaela

    But unless we get some footage of The Necromancer giving it to Galadriel Drogo-style, I'll pass.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Dori, Nori and Ori?

    by Johnny Wishbone

    Sorry.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    awesomeness

    by GlamDaToeHammer

    Cool sword, cool outfits. Would be quite smelly after a decent jog tho.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    What about Bori(ng)?

    by D Ropaela

  • July 7, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    A Dozen Identical Long Bearded Fat Guys...

    by tomandshell

    Would be hard to watch on screen. Gimli was the quintessential dwarf, and that was fine because he was really the only one with screen time in LOTR. The Hobbit needs to make these characters unique and distinct so viewers can tell them apart--so of course they are going to be quite varied in terms of hair, beards, costumes, weapons, ages, makeup, etc. We saw a lot of the worlds and cultures of hobbits, elves and men in LOTR, but not of the dwarves (just the ruins of Moria). I'm looking forward to seeing more dwarves in The Hobbit--the Middle-Earth race that was least developed in the first three films.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Yawwwwnnnnn

    by BIG_BAD_WOLF_IN_CAPS

    Hobbit = boring retread bullshit from LOTR

  • July 7, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    The one on the right looks like Frasier/Kelsey Grammar

    by WillTheThrill

  • July 7, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    re: they all have unique personalities

    by ar42

    Years I ago I wrote my own screenplay adaptation of the Hobbit as an exercise during film school, and I was actually quite surprised that the dwarves *do* have distinct personalities: I made a spreadsheet of their individual lines and even though a couple of the dwarves only have two or three in the whole book, when you compare them they do seem consistent in tone. Getting across fourteen distinct personalities on film is going to be fairly tricky, but I'm looking forward to it.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    They all look like Willow Ufgood with Munchkinland haircuts.

    by sweeneydave

  • July 7, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    The one in the middle looks "special"

    by DonnyUnitas

    In the short-bus kinda way. I wish I could say I'm impressed. Sorta looks... i dunno... dumb. And I l.o.v.e. LOTR, etc.

  • July 7, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    At first glance...

    by bubcus

    ... they look like painted miniatures from the days I used to paint little metal D&D figures.

  • July 7, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Not sure what to make of these...

    by frank

    I don’t instantly love the look of these guys, but perhaps it could work. I will give PJ the benefit of the doubt until I see the finished product. Ori looks a bit strange but maybe he is a very young dwarf, which you wouldn’t see often.

  • July 7, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Here’s the description of these three from theonering.net

    by frank

    These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal. Dori, Nori and Ori are intensely loyal to each other – and whilst they are perfectly happy fighting amongst themselves, woe-betide anyone who means harm to one of these brothers.

  • July 7, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    THIS BAND IS NAMED - THREE SHORT GOTH FAGGOTS!!!

    by CreepyThinMan

  • July 7, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Who gives a fuck? PJ is going to rape this book as well.

    by KilliK

  • maybe they are from Del Toro's concept art?

  • ...Craftsmen and miners for other people. Gimli (and the other Dwarves seen in FotR) were warriors and sent as representatives of their race to a major council. Personally, I have no problem they should look this way at the start.

  • July 7, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Not exactly digging the looks... But I will hold judgement.

    by wonderboy2402

    The star styled dwarf especially seems a little goofy to me. But I mean, there is going to be alot of dwarves in this film so the audience will probably need some visual aid in keeping them separate. And IIRC, all these dwarves have pretty varying personalities, so I guess if they are an eclectic group, their personal styles should reflect that rather then a bunch of average citizen dwarves.

  • July 7, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    this is a rare disagreement choppah

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I think they look outstanding. but speaking of Melkor Fuck I hope Jackson shows some the ancient history with Melkor, Numenor, Ungoliant etc .... It would be an awesome ten-fifteen-ahhfuckit45 minute uber-montage to start the film. .... I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • maybe it was a good thing he left the project after all? time will tell.

  • From Tolkien's Later Silmarillion Appendix 22.6 of Volume 4 of the Prior History of Middle-earth, and I quote: 'Sometimes Dwarves are accustom to adopting eccentric or flamboyant hairstyles to distinguish themselves from the clan, as most dwarves are similar in size and stature, even female dwarves look just like their male counterparts sans the beards. Hair salons are quite popular in Dwarven enclaves and as popular among males as females. Beard styling and braiding is also popular among the male of the species. When a dwarf's beard is not covered in mead dribble and meat scraps it is often braided and adorned with the finest gems from the mines of Moria.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    scatman, starfish hair fooker is canon!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    See my above post.

  • July 7, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I don’t recall that passage, choppah.

    by frank

    Must be from an essay Tolkien wrote during one of his notorious laudanum binges.

  • The Hobbit is only going to be two movies, not three.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    What is going on with that triangular hair?

    by ufoclub1977

    The on the left looks like a guy that will fight Gamera.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    IS THAT SYBOK ON THE RIGHT?

    by J-Dizzle

  • July 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Really impresive!

    by Lourdes Galan

  • And this looks like a step in the right direction. :)

  • July 7, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Nothing worse than a wet dream deferred, eh, genderblender?

    by D Ropaela

  • July 7, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    STAR-HEAD LOOKS SILLY

    by Mullah Omar

    The other guys look pretty good. But I hope some of the other dwarves dress in a color other than black. There are plenty of earth tones to go around.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Ugh... Shit...

    by Pawprint

    They do look ridiculous. I'm a big LOTR fan, and I'm not writing this film off on the strength of this photo, because the dwarves you see in the background of the recent first shot of Bilbo looked really good. These three fellas, however, look like deep-fried shite.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Wait, there’s a genderbender and a genderblender?

    by frank

    This place can be so confusing sometimes.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Thanks genderbender

    by Continentalop

    "...makes my wet parts dry up like a raisin in the sun." Great, I just vomited a little in my mouth.

  • Maybe?

  • July 7, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I dunno, frank.

    by D Ropaela

    I've seen Choppah and genderblender/bender go at it pretty rapidly and fierce in some talkbacks. Maybe genderbender/blender (so damned confusing) is one of the mods fucking with us??

  • July 7, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I rather like the photos...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    I like the looks of the dwarves. They look nicely middle eastern--exotic even. I've always imagined the dwarves as looking kind of bizarre compared to all the firmly European looking races of Middle Earth. It makes sense. Dori looks a little too prosthetic acrylic-y though. I'd hoped they'd learned their lesson with Gimli... I want to see the actors faces! Not sure I like the description that went with the photo, though. Seems a bit hackneyed. But--hey--I'll just be happy if they're not all wearing kilts and saying "laddie" in a Scottish brogue every other line. Seriously -- Jackson HAS to lose the Scottish brogue for the dwarves. Now--more than ever--it won't be right visually.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    And bear in mind...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    ...the first age dwarves were the only people who could withstand dragon-fire. AND the fucking Rings of Power as dominated by Sauron couldn't turn them into wraiths (or even make them invisible)! It just made em greedier. They were too tough for that bush league shit.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I also love the look of the dwarvish blade

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Perfect.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    15 minutes bubbeh

    by hey_kobe_tell_me_how_your_ass_tastes

    thats all it took to read you chopah assholes like a book - that really fries your sausage doesnt it? that your meanderings can be so easily dismissed, i skipped all in inane stuff which was 90% and looked at names i did not recognize - bitch

  • July 7, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, kobe, you rogue, you're just like Smeagal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    and Choppah is your PRESSSSSSSHHHIOUSSSSSS!

  • July 7, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by AssyMuffJizz

    I'm not exactly passionate about the photos, but I like what I'm seeing so far. What did you think about Jackson's LOTR films? I recently rewatched the Extended Editions in the theater and really loved them for the very first time.

  • I didn’t have time to go to the first two, and the third was sold out. I hope they rerelease them again before The Hobbit comes out as a promotional event or something.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Great photos

    by hallmitchell

    And costumes. Go NZ!

  • July 7, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    ohm, im sooo skeered, asigendersubtitles_choppha goona haunt me

    by hey_kobe_tell_me_how_your_ass_tastes

    ha - bitch

  • July 7, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I love the LOTR films, Assy. Absolutely love them.

    by D Ropaela

    I get caught up in them every time they're on TV. But The Hobbit feels like PJ's going through the motions. He hasn't had a bonafide hit since ROTK (even though Kong did a lot better than people give it credit for), and he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the director's chair. That, and The Hobbit feels so slight as a story compared to LOTR. Two movies? Really?

  • Fuck off, moron.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    I mean kobe, by the way.

    by D Ropaela

  • July 7, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    franks_television

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Yeah, you unfortunately missed out. I already had seen the EEs at home, but seeing them a week apart in the theater was fantastic. I already thought FOTR was a terrific film, but I wasn't crazy about the other two--especially ROTK. But man was I ever blown away this time. I was seeing it alone (didn't have to worry about my fiance rolling his eyes every other minute). And--for the first time--the movies just gelled for me. It was magical. One of the best movie experiences I've ever had. Hell, THE best in my adult life.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Is that Ben Foster in the middle?

    by NotARegular

    Overall, I like it though.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Starhead

    by Arch Stanton

    I like them all except for starhead. That just looks silly. I would like to see them look a bit more well fed. Dwarves should be overweight. And they should have helmets, even though they don't have to wear them all the time like Gimli did. I figure he was just feeling insecure because he was surrounded by big men and elves. How will starhead fit in a helmet anyway?

  • July 7, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I loved LOTR...but

    by DementedCaver

    I loved the original book of The Hobbit better than The Lord of the Rings, it seemed to be a bit more streamlined. However that doesn't appear to be the case for the movie...since it is going to be two large movies. Keeping my fingers crossed that Jackson does the impossible and pulls off another excellent cinema rendition of a great story.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Actually, there's a ton more tale to tell between the Appendices of ROTK and "The Quest for Erebor" and a few other pertinent narratives in the HISTORY OF MIDDLE EARTH volumes. Hell, with two movies they could cover a lot of fantastic, dwarf-related background material -- including the war between the dwarves and the orcs, in which Thorin seeks revenge against the orc chieftain who killed his grandfather, Thrór. And then there's the White Council's attack on Dol Guldur and the Necromancer. Yeah, there's a lot of good shit to cover. It's really worth another read.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Assy

    by D Ropaela

    There is, no doubt, a lot of ground Jackson can cover. But it's still a prequel and that sense of "we know where this is going" will likely pervade the proceedings.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Colour tones

    by Dreamfasting

    It's interesting that they're still avoiding bright colours. My understanding was that they were going to aim for a lighter tone than LOTR (since despite all the dark events, it's just the prelude to the main event), but the pictures so far suggest a similar mood is being painted to the world.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    damn you, assy

    by frank

    That sounds awesome. Oh well, guess it’s back to my EE DVD’s.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    archstanton, starhead is canon

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    see my post up there

  • July 7, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I think there is plenty of material for two movies

    by frank

    What with all the Lost Tales and appendices stuff they are adding. Also I don’t think the fact that it is a prequel will be a problem. I am kind of looking at these films as the first two parts in what will be a five part series. I don’t dislike watching Fellowship (actually it is my favorite) even though it is just a build up to the events of RotK. Should be the same with The Hobbit. And of course I already knew how the story was going to turn out anyway, and that didn’t bother me.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I'm just a grumpy skeptic, I guess.

    by D Ropaela

  • July 7, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by AssyMuffJizz

    The good thing is that only three protagonists (Gandalf and Bilbo and Balin) are certain to live for those who have seen or read LOTR. This ain't Uncle Lucas' Prequel. This story is a classic, and it has an easily comprehensible and engaging plot -- a lot of front end explication like FOTR, but a MUCH easier, linear task for a filmmaker to tackle otherwise. And action! Trolls; orcs; wargs; spiders; and the greatest dragon ever brought to life in all of world literature. And then -- an epic battle that rivals even the Battle of Pelennor Fields. And major characters DIE. For a children's book, it's surprisingly bloody and sad. Remember: Tolkien himself tried to rewrite THE HOBBIT with a more realistic tone. He failed, but I suspect that Jackson and Company will follow his lead in many ways. I'm just worried about dwarf humor. If Jackson doesn't take the dwarves seriously this time, these films will be artistic (if not box office) failures. But I have hope.

  • July 7, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by flax

    You have claimed the starhead to be canon three times already. It wasn't even funny in the first place. Let it go. :/

  • July 7, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    choppah

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Stop using THE SILMARILLION for your playtoy, you son of a bitch! Is NOTHING sacred to you?!

  • July 7, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Looks good, but way, way, way too heavy on the Photoshop

    by kevred

    I find most modern promo images for just about anything to be borderline intolerable to look at. The heavy-handedness of the image processing is just plain ugly. I often assume that some element of the photo has had to be entirely artificially rendered or composited (e.g., a head stuck on a body, etc.) and everything else is made to look less "real" to help compensate/distract for that, but I'm really tired of just about every image and movie poster these days looking like some bad Nickelback album cover or still from a video game (or, in this case, like some ugly image from the cover of a current-edition D&D rulebook). So some nice costume work here, but I'd much rather see a photo of three real people who are really standing together in a real physical space. These guys might as well be action figures, because all life has been sucked right out of the image by the processing. If I could entend that to one wish for the Hobbit films, it would be for Jackson to back off from the tendency to tint and make unreal the look of everything, and make all settings look as natural as possible. I realize it's a fantasy world, but the sequences in the LOTR trilogy which emphasized real physical and natural locations are those I cherish the most.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    But, flax, it really is canon!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Sure Christopher Tolkien may have ultimately been responsible for that piece of Middle-earth trivia, but it is still canon. Oh, did I mention the starhead is CANON!

  • July 7, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Agree about the dwarf humor assy

    by frank

    That is a potential minefield for these movies. Hope PJ treads carefully.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I would like to see Jack Black as a Dwarf

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    that would be funny! Fart jokes equal FUNNY!

  • July 7, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The one in the middle sells The Big Issue in Peckham

    by i_got_worms

    Dog on a string and bottle of White Lightning just out of shot.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Certainly Dwarves - Pratchett Reference...

    by Pawprint

    'They Might Be Giants'...

  • July 7, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    I hope they don't all have some kind of lame Scottish accent

    by Bloodhound

    Och, aye, young hobbit.

  • July 7, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    let me guess... starhead is the gay one?

    by uberfreak

    thats OK. there is always one gay human for every dozen straight humans and one gay elf for every three straight elves. also, the photoshopping on that pic is fah-bu-lesssss! LOL!

  • July 7, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Even the Dwarf on the right thinks the Starhead looks funny

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Still Tolkien canon though.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Starhead is great

    by Kremzeek

    and like Choppah said - the looks are basically right out of Tolkien canon. So... yeah. If you don't like Tolkien, don't read the books are see the films. Problem solved. Kudos to Jackson and his team. A++

  • July 7, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    And of course I meant...

    by Kremzeek

    "Or", not "Are". Oh, and Choppah, my comment wasn't a direct response to your post above mine; more of a generality to the many posts above. Heh.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    It may be canon, but even Homer nods.

    by Ingeld

    Actually, stardwarf aside from the coif, looks a bit Hasidic. Given that Tolkien had to defend himself against complaints of antisemitism in his depiction of the dwarves, this may not be the best way to go.

  • July 7, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Alvin Simon and Theodore!

    by Grace_Panda

  • July 7, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    they look like dwarf hipsters

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    did they just walk out of a showing of Midnight in Paris?

  • I would say that the following writings are canon: Silmarillion The Hobbit LotR + Appendices Unfinished Tales Children of Hurin Not the History of Middle Earth stuff that is more about the development of the canon works and contains a lot of contradictory information.

  • July 7, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Nice.

    by veritasses

    The Hobbit might even surpass LotR....

  • July 7, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    no no no -- choppah ia bullshitting all of you!

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Read the "quote.". It's bullshit. Thanks a lot, Choppah.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    So where's the yellow brick road?

    by empty_headed_animal

    One on the right looks like the Great and Powerful Oz.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Goth Munchkins?

    by empty_headed_animal

  • July 7, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    I know that it’s bullshit, assymuff.

    by frank

    That’s why I said “even if that were an actual Tolkien passage."

  • July 7, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    THE DWARVES ARE YOUNG AND GOOD LOOKING

    by Tigger Tales

    ARE YOUNG AND GOOD LOOKING

  • July 7, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Weird production photo

    by Kammich

    I don't know if its just the composition or the lighting, or something, but that is one bizarre production photo. I was 99.9% sure that this was a picture of some Sideshow/NECA collectible toyline... but there's no mention of any such thing on any of the websites that posted the photo. Is that really a shot of human actors? They must've photoshopped the everloving christ out of it. Especially in the big high-res photo on that onering.whatever website, they look like figurines. trippin' me out, man.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I jerked off to it

    by charlie frown

    twice

  • July 7, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    was for dstrange and ingeld

    by AssyMuffJizz

    I know you know what's what, frank.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Gaga inspired

    by freerangecelt

    Hate it. Seriously, dwarves should be bad-ass as hell, and should have long beards. To have short beards like this makes me think they've been kicked out and disgraced. Gods, this is beginning to smell.

  • July 7, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Heavy Metal Dwarves Kick-Ass!

    by MooseMalloy

  • July 7, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    cool

    by sith_rising

    I'm glad it's not just a bunch of squat, armored, helmet-wearing, bushy-beard Gimli clones. Kind of strange but distinctive, and that's what is necessary. A little visual personality, not just a bunch of axe-swinging Klingons.

  • July 7, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Distinctive

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    They have to look unique because there will be 13 on screen at a time. In LOTR you only ever saw three dwarves together and they all kind of looked the same. Also as far as their clothes are concerned if I remember the Hobbit book these were all Dwarf nobles on a walkabout so they would be dressed like rich civilians. Gimli wore armor in LOTR because he was a soldier during wartime on the ultimate blackop. Having these guys dressed like that wouldn't make sense.

  • July 7, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    I can't get over the Star-Head

    by D.Vader

    And how absolutely retarded he looks. The other two look great! Ori, in fact, looks straight out of the Rankin-Bass Hobbit. Young, small, nonexistent beard- awesome! But why oh why does Dori have to have a fucking star-head haircut? Was there really no other way to make him look distinctive? Gloin better look like Gimli, that's all I have to say. Same style of clothing and beard/hair and love of axes and all that.

  • July 8, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    absolutely LOVE these

    by drave117

    I'm tired of every movie dwarf looking exactly the same. I see a whole lot of personality in all three of these, and I can't wait to see what the rest of them look like!

  • July 8, 2011, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Not a fan of the star hair

    by FrodoFraggins

  • July 8, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    They used a yearbook/annual backdrop?

    by Dennis_Moore

  • July 8, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    I met PJ yesterday...

    by nobbythehappyelf

    And he was a nice chap. Weird thing was the night before I'd been relaxing in my study with a good bottle of wine listening to Martin Shaw reading 'The Hobbit' on my stereo... Pics look ok to me - it's the actors who will make or break the characters

  • July 8, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Epic fail Mr Jackson they look awful

    by corplhicks

    One on left looks just weird and fake Middle one looks like he is retarded and takes short bus to see the dragon One on right is passable Clothing is good

  • July 8, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Maybe Star-Head is supposed to be the most flamboyant

    by D.Vader

    Or maybe he hides a weapon in his hair. That way it has function. I'd be down with that.

  • July 8, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    They look awful

    by corplhicks

    Hopefully someone will tell mr Jackson

  • July 8, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Maybe they use Starhead as a battering ram

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    That would be funny

  • July 8, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Haters gonna Hate...More Dwarf Pics+LONG BEARDS

    by mattforce7

    http://www-images.theonering.org/torwp/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/6970_912526707.jpg THERE...Ya HAPPY?

  • July 8, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Now thems Dwarves!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Looks like Gimli

  • July 8, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Hey you see that book Ori is holding?!

    by D.Vader

    The book Gandalf picks up and reads from in Balin's Tomb in FOTR? The Book of Records... written by Ori. Nice touch, Peter Jackson.

  • July 8, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    It looks a little small, even in Drawfish scale

    by mattforce7

    To be the Giant book found in Balins Tomb...just sayin

  • July 8, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Ori looks like actor Charles Durning...

    by Cinemajerk

    Dont ya think?

  • July 8, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    I get the why...just not the how

    by awavey

    ok with so many dwarves in the story, if they all looked just like copies of Gimli, that would be a problem, they need to stand out visually from each other for the audience to follow them all. so fine distinctive is the way to go, but Jackson was way more keen in the LoTR to make the characters believable in the details on how they dressed, they didnt wear anything that just looked "cool", it had to have a real use. Gandalf the grey looked like a vagrant because he spent his life on the road and didnt get to sleep in 5 star hotels everynight. so how on earth does Jackson explain how any of those dwarves, on their expedition, manage to look like that for weeks/months on end, how does any of those impossibly complicated designer hair pieces stay like that at when your sleeping outside in a forest, escaping goblins and falling in rivers constantly, and why wear such heavy cumbersome clothes, and weird weapons, its like a DnD setup oh no youve got the staff of power, only you can defeat this particular enemy whilst we stand here and sing songs about it.

  • July 8, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I coin the term DWARF PUNK!

    by Cureguy

    Dori looks cool, he's supposed to look odd/flamboyant.

  • July 8, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Awavey

    by Cureguy

    They weren't on the road for long before visiting with Bilbo at Hobbiton. That would explain why their clothes and other features such as hair aren't a complete mess yet. People need to stop their feverishly paranoid skepticism.

  • July 8, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Nori is Star Fish Head

    by Cureguy

    Very Dwarf Punk!

  • July 8, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Hey, look! It's Void!

    by Yelsaeb

  • Jar Jar Binks is Star Wars canon.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for it

    by vaderstabbedvoldemort