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Fili & Kili do the young smoldering Dwarf thing, but they will chop you in two! THE HOBBIT!

Hey folks, Harry here...  Just got back from Rehab, a fan sent this in - and now we have our first look at young Dwarves.   This is Fili & Kili (Dean O'Gorman & Aidan Turner respectively) and right at first, it's a little odd to see them looking, what's the word...   So dashing.   Especially Fili, he looks like he can't wait to mince goblin meat, whereas Kili looks committed to a mysterious yet stern stare whilst compensating with a large mean looking sword.    I never did like how these two characters were depicted in the Rankin Bass books, in fact most of the dwarves I felt were off of the book descriptions, save for Thorin, whom I adored in that cartoon and in the book.   I am giddy at the prospect of seeing these little guys unleash a good deal of whupass, but ya know...  they'll constantly need that furry footed fucker to save their dwarvish heinies from a multitude of near roastings.  SO - you loving this stuff like me?



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  • July 12, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Too Pretty

    by Longtime Lurker

    That is all

  • July 12, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I'm with Lurker...

    by AlienFanatic

    They look like they're meant to be the badass versions of Merry and Pippin. They also don't look at all dwarfish.

  • July 12, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Who are those chicks?

    by Sappers Forward

  • July 12, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    you guys are getting better at this

    by mattforce7

    only a few hours shy of breaking news

  • July 12, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Who is the Seth Green looking Elf?

    by konkrete590

    Oh, you mean that is supposed to be a dwarf?

  • July 12, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    women dont need sex appeal in a movie

    by mattforce7

    They just need sex

  • July 12, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The dwarves should all look different

    by ZOMBRE

    And they are doing an outstanding job with that. Its movie avout dwarves. Still wish we could see them in a cave, meadow or swamp. Anything but the Sears Portrait Studio.

  • I like it.

  • July 12, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Now I finally know what Dwarve women look like

    by Fred

  • July 12, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Harry on Celebrity Rehab

    by la_sith

    ...would be awesome.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I bet these dwarves are tossers.


  • July 12, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    And a dude who could star in SANTA CLAUS RISING. These guys seem awful thin to be dwarves.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by DinoBass

    the "poor Kili is so ugly" joke the other dwarves will make. Otherwise looking forward to the film.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    I am really looking forward to the part where they meet up with that pasty chick then sing that song about mine working. Anyone know who is going to play the squirrel that carries the dishcloth?

  • July 12, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    old news

    by abe

    come on, get with it already.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    neither of these 2 look very Dward like to me

    by corplhicks

    The one on right looks human.period. The one on the left looks like he goes around saying "Ddooiiiiiiiihhhhh" all the time

  • July 12, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I'm torn...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    I'm not really digging this batch, as they're too...pretty. But I also think the argument is valid that not all Dwarves shouldn look alike, and certainly aren't all a cross "between Hagrid and the Travelocity Gnome" (ha!) It's probably the DnD player in me, but I assume that even young dwarves would already have more than stubble at an early age. The amount of facial hair these two have make me think they just got out of diapers...! On the whole, though, Fili isn't too bad looking; round nose, twinkle in his eye. Kili, however, is just too angular in his facial features, and his hair is wild (as opposed to the very thorough braiding, design, etc. of the other dwarves). He looks like an elf.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Love it!

    by steele8280

    Especially how the different looks of these "dwarves"are opening my eyes and imagination to what the dwarf cultures might have been like. I'm surprised and delighted by every picture that has been published!

  • July 12, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is going to be in the Hobbit?

    by Andy Pandy

  • July 12, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Those swords make them look like bad Citadel miniatures from

    by Dennis_Moore

    the 80"s (over the top and made to appeal to 8th grade boys). Not in proportion like a Ral Partha. Why over design the weapons? Would culture take precedence over function and balance in a warrior society?

  • July 12, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    L'oreal models in Middle-Earth

    by unparanoid_android

    Damn these multi-national corporations. They'll try to flog their men's skin and hair products anywhere.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    You do not nitpick the Rankin Bass versions of the films

    by gruntybear

    In fact, you do not nitpick ANYTHING that ever had the name Rankin Bass associated with it. Or else, there shall be consequences.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I like the swords.

    by hallmitchell

    A unique weapons class.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I like Fili. Kili, not so much.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Even he's one of the youngest dwarves he really ought to have more than 5 days stubble.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    These Dwarves

    by DogPhish

    Make me sick. What's with these fucked up swords?

  • July 12, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Why is the one on the right holding a huge key?

    by Ingeld

    I think the dwarfs look fine; I wish this a bit more color in their costumes.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Two yooung dwarves. Challenging how people percieve dwarves.

    by wonderboy2402

    I keep have to telling myself this, because the characters likely haven't received the hair/scars/girth of their perhaps multiple decade older kin yet. So they look young and fresh, I guess. Also it is interesting in terms of weaponry we are seeing with the dwarves. Not many are using axes. Swords all look lethal and I like the geometric design used through out. But whenever I see dual wielding I wince... So hopefully it is tastefully done like it was with Legolas's elf knives. Overall, the dwarves definitely have a unique look for the Hobbit, even stereotypical dwarves. A good thing I would say overall. And thankfully they all look different from each other. These should make them definitively "Lord of the Rings/hobbit dwarves."

  • July 12, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Just doesn't do anything for me.

    by disfigurehead


  • July 12, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Hope these translate better onscreen

    by performingmonkey

    Right now these two are too-jarring a departure from the other dwarves we've seen. Every other dwarf has facial prosthetics of some kind, some of them you can see their whole head is covered. But Fili and Kili could pass as human with their unaltered features and hardly any facial hair!! Thorin is going to look like this too, you can tell from the blurry Empire pic, as well as the fact that he's related to Fili and Kili. Of course, this is so we can 'relate' to these dwarves the most, and then there's the 'heartthrob' element....

  • July 12, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Kili is a little too "Handsome" for a dwarf...

    by the_box_drone

    ...but it's hardly a deal-breaker. Other than that, all the pictures they've released so far look awesome. The second video diary was really awesome, especially watching Serkis slink around the Gollum cave in his mo-cap suit.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Too Pretty? Ridiculous!

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    They look great. They're more youthful dwarves. How should they look? You people will complain about any and every little thing.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by CreepyThinMan

  • July 12, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I bet these dwarves are tossers. Hahahahahahaha!!! Nice one Choppah.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    I think you lost me PJ. They don't look like dwarves at all. Ughhhhhh...Please show a photo with all of the dwarves together. Maybe that will change my mind. I think I'm going to be sick. brb

  • July 12, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Kili looks like an elf with a beard.

    by frank

    Fili looks fine. I think Kili would be OK if they just added a small amount of prosthetics to make him a little lumpier. He could still be a “good looking” dwarf and I wouldn’t have a problem with that, but here he really looks like a young Aragorn or something.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    No, it's not D&D, it's World of Warcraft, and it's kind of BS

    by kevred

    This is Jackson admitting that he doesn't know how to, or can't, tell the story with a pack of dwarves. So we have all kinds of extra diversity with the label "dwarf" stuck on it. I saw this pretty boy in the early cast pic of the dwarf actors and thought, how is that guy going to work as a dwarf? And now we see that he isn't, Jackson is just extending the definition of "dwarf" to include Fabio. They don't have to be the exact D&D/Rankin-Bass dwarves, but this kind of perfect-human-proportions-and-handsomeness is not appropriate. Nice to look at, but a sort of feeble compromise. Really, I just think these promo pics are pretty poor. I'm sure Jackson will go along way to proving me wrong with actual images on film, which I'm still greatly looking forward to seeing.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Though it was Seth Green on the right for a minute

    by alienindisguise

  • July 12, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    At least throw a prosthetic nose on Kili

    by elsewhere

    To quote Lord Bale "IT'S FUCKING DISTRACTING"

  • July 12, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Those swords! THOSE SWORDS!

    by Sodomy Redux

    Those swords are damn awesome. The guys who are holding them...well let's just say those must be the supermodels of the dwarven kingdom.

  • July 12, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    those swords are bad ass. these are good...


  • July 12, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Young Dwarf Punks!

    by Cureguy

    Young dwarves have never been visualized on screen in live action for Tolkien's world. People only know of the stereotype of D&D dwarves.Short and stout with a long beard and a ridiculously huge axe in their hands. Their look makes sense to me, as they are still very young dwarves and have yet to pack on the pounds and grow long beards as their older kin have done.This keeps getting better and better. Six more dwarves to go. Including Thorin!

  • July 12, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST


    by Cureguy

    You are sounding utterly foolish. How do you know what a young dwarf looks like? Fact is, we have never been shown on film what young dwarves or what their live culture looks like. We only got a glimpse of a dead civilization in Moria in FOTR. What do you expect? Every dwarf to look like Gimli and the young ones just a tiny bit smaller, and beards a little shorter? Puhleeze.

  • Let's face it, we could all INSTANTLY the differences between an 18 year old man and a 40 year old man. It's totally obvious that there's something "different" about these dwarves...makes sense that it's because they are young. Still lovin' those swords, too.

  • July 12, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    looks like a dwarven Bill and Ted.


    and by that i mean Bill Maher and Ted Bundy

  • July 12, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Like they've been plucked straight out of Final Fantasy!

    by sweeneydave

    And it works.

  • July 12, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Heads should be bigger

    by deelzbub

    and bodies stockier. Need short necks. These guys could pass for elves. I felt the same on the last two as well. Trained eye. Just one of em.

  • July 12, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    so the key to making someone look dwarvish


  • July 12, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    is big boots, padded jackets and large prop weapons. check.


  • July 12, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    not making fun, just an observation.


  • July 12, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Interesting look to these less crusty dwarves, but the ornate golden locks of Fili give a distinctive Shirley temple vibe. Maybe they're an item?

  • but i like it, i want to see it. it's just too fun to pick stuff apart in the meantime :)

  • July 12, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    when Kili's sword snaps at that thin section,


    look at the stubby little dagger he'll have left.

  • July 12, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Way too pretty!

    by locater16

    I want my gay sexual fantasies, err... dwarves, dwarves to be all gruff and dirty and, I'll be in my bunk. Big, dirty, nasty... something something, etc.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Maybe the one on the right WILL turn out to be a female dwarf...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    I'm totally serious.

  • i'm totally serious too.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Looks good.

    by SlickyVonBoner

    I'm all for the pairs of dwarves looking different and having different sets of personalities. 12 Dwarves with beards, helmets and battleaxes will get confusing real quick, like a bunch of shiny confusing transforming robots or something.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Where are the other Hobbit dwarf pics?

    by SlickyVonBoner

    What happened to putting related links under the article. Come on guys.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    by The_Red_Avenger

    Poor Aiden Turner (who has a legion of female fans you would not believe from his brilliant turn as Mitchell the vampire in the original Being Human). So yeah, I wondered about them uglifying him but like somebody said - these are the youngest dwarves by some distance (even though Ori looks quite young too) and they are chiefly used as scouts for the group so they should be lithe and nimble - they are also pretty handy with a sword so yeah, ignore the beard thing - they look ok to me. Six to go - Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Thorin Oakenshield and seeing Kili I wonder what they will do with him since it's ladies favourite Richard Armitage. One thing I am pleased about though is by the looks of each dwarf, you will know exactly who is who on screen and that's got to be a good thing.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    I KNEW Dean O'Gorman sounded familiar...and I know, as he was Ieolas to Ryan Gosling's Hercules!!!

  • July 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Half elf, half dwarf?

    by catlettuce4

    I don't get it. Is this how Tolkien described dwarves, as a race, looking? One on the right looks like a short version of a Legolas-type elf. So much for iconic visuals to separate the races I guess? If the one n the right does turn out to be a female Dwarf I will take back the above statements, as that would be hilarious and somehow fitting.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Looks like all the Dwarves so far have BIG ears.

    by D.Vader

  • July 12, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Fili does look TOO much like an Elf

    by D.Vader

    You let him have a clean-shaven face (for a Dwarf), give him wild, dark hair, AND let him have a bow and arrow? Sheesh, come on.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Err, I guess I meant Kili?

    by D.Vader

  • July 12, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    gotta be a female dwarf

    by AssyMuffJizz

    That dwarven babe could set me straight. Ooh baby!

  • July 12, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    I like the look of the swords

    by D.Vader

    Rough, hard, and angular but with obvious craftsmanship behind it.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Someone spilled Stephanie Meyer imagery...

    by Audio_of_Being my Tolkien adaptation! *goes back to reading Dance with Dragons*

  • July 12, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    gruntybear, Season 2 of Thundercats and the embarrassment that was Silverhawks.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Rankin Bass have their failures.

  • July 12, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    Those be Goblin swords!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Dwarves wouldn't craft shit like that.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Goblin swords would look rougher, STArcher!

    by D.Vader

    Goblin swords are just sharp pieces of metal banged out piecemeal. These Dwarven swords are angular, like Gimli's armor suggested (Elves like curves, Dwarves like angles), and hard. They clearly have some craft behind them. A Goblin sword would look like junk.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Fili description

    by D.Vader

    Fíli was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He and his brother Kíli were the sons of Dís, Thorin's sister. He had a blue cloak, a yellow beard and a long nose, the longest of all the Dwarves on the Quest. The two brothers were described as being young in Dwarf terms, younger than the rest by some fifty years. They also had the best eyesight and so were often sent scouting or searching. The brothers are consistently described as having been cheerful, the only two to have come out of the barrels at Lake-town "more or less smiling." After the battle with the spiders he is forced to cut off most of his beard due to it being covered in webbing.

  • So you should get 12 very distinct looks, because chances are audiences aren't going to know them by name (at least initially) so they have to be able to distinguish each easily by look. If you had a dozen dwarves who all looked like slight variations on John Rhys Davies' Gimli then things would get pretty confusing for the audience pretty damn quickly. Do I personally love how each dwarf looks? Not so much, but I appreciate the reasons why each as to look distinctive and semi-unique, and I have enough faith in Jackson to wait and see how it all plays out on screen, and in the context of that filmic world, before jumping to any extreme conclusions.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    The Dwarf version of Perfect Strangers

    by Jonathhan Kana

    seriously. thats not fucking fili and kili, anyone who read the books, who has a fucking CLUE knows that they totally screwed the pooch here. thats dwarfish balki and a wannabe cool larry. Im not really feeling any of the character decisions so far. it just feels too commercial, too forced, but not by people who CARE. its some lame in the costume department who feels the need to let his personal designer influence fly, instead of just sticking to what would be amazing. Where they got pippin and merry right, they have totally shit the bed here.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    cureguy, in answer to your smug, empty-headed question:

    by kevred

    What do I expect? I expect dwarves to not look just like humans and elves. Now, please return to sounding utterly foolish while claiming others are doing so.

  • I'm looking at you, theveryfirst.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    I didnt read the heading


    are these elves?

  • July 13, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Don't forget the height factor, people!

    by starlesswinter7

    When these guys are 2 feet shorter than everyone else, they're not going to look like elves....

  • July 13, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Screw Rankin Bass

    by henrydalton

    The David Wenzel graphic novel was where it was at...

  • July 13, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Not working

    by auraboy

    I appreciate they need to really differentiate these characters - having 12 clones of Gimli - yeah, understood, not going to hold a movie that way. But I always liked Gimli in that the hip to height ratio etc looked like an actual creature from a race who are built very short and stocky would be. Yes, it's nitpicky - but short humans look like Hobbits. Dwarves are underground creatures right? Who have skeletal structures built to be immensely strong and stout and thick. If you just take a waif like human actor and shrink him down, you just get a weird perspective malfunction. I'm still really loving the WETA detail to costumes and weaponry and individual cultures - it's amazing, but I think they just fell into the trap of having a lanky actor scaled down a bit = a dwarf.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I like'em...

    by crazypants

    As many other have already noted, these two are the youngest dwarves by decades and they're the scouts. I'm sure filmed w/ the other dwarves and especially Freeman they'll look appropriately dwarf-y. The blonde looks stouter, I'll accede that point. But since the dwarves are an entire race, I really have no problem with the concept of relatively pretty/slim dwarves existing. Not too fanwank too strongly, but look at the difference between a Masai tribesman and a New Guinea tribesman or a Samoan and so on. There's an astonishing range of different facial/body types in human terms. And dwarves are a close-mouthed, secretive bunch as well, so its not like they're that commonly seen outside of their underground realms to begin with.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Its good that the dwarves are distinct, but..

    by Syberean

    These are not as Tolkein described them. stout ,robust. these last two particularly are too gracile, having an almost elvish elegance that never came through in Tolkein's writings. They hit the nail onthe head in the LoTR movies, the group at Rivendell was spot on. These, lets hope they're a hoax.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    i didnt know eli-fuckn'roth was in this movie


  • July 13, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I'm loving the Olan Mills backdrops.

    by skycrapper

    And that drawf doing the blue steel look does look like an elf.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Well, the look may be a departure,

    by jawaburger

    but remember that Frodo was supposed to be 50 and out of shape in the LoTR. The look of the Hobbits seemed to get as much flack back in the day, but it seems we all got over that.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    dwarves with large swords

    by empty_headed_animal

    are compensating for having tiny dwarf junk.