Would you like your Dwarves Traditional or Extra Sexy?

More photos from The Hobbit have been released and one of the dwarf characters is looking decidedly different.


If Fili and Kili weren’t twins I would swear their mama had been messing around with an elf.  Aidan Turner as Kili is almost the opposite of a traditional dwarf, with his brooding good looks and thin frame. Who ever heard of a svelte dwarf?

It may be blasphemy*, but I am in favor of the diversity.  A group of exact copies with different colored cloaks wouldn’t provide a lot of visual stimuli.

For those of you who prefer your dwarves with a more classic look, have no fear.  There are plenty of squat, beardy and rotund dudes on hand, like Bifur, Bofur and Bombur here.

 *Since I am working in the blog-mines alone this week – JHistorical is on a research trip- I can make all the blasphemous Tolkien comments I want.

We Must Away Ere Break of Day

All of us who were super pumped when we learned that Peter Jackson was going to produce a two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, then got really, really excited when we found out that Guillermo del Toro was tabbed to direct, then were bummed out when del Toro walked away and Peter Jackson started acting like an anti-labor douche and it looked like the movies weren’t going to be made after all, then were relieved and put our class antagonism aside for a while when the labor issues were worked out and Jackson decided to take the helm himself . . . whew . . . get to take our first good look at the film versions of Dori, Ori, and Nori today.

The Hobbit is decidedly more kid-friendly than the terse, dense, and moody violence of the Lord of the Rings saga, and from the few images that have been released so far, it seems like the movies will take on a lighter tone as well. The dwarfs here look just a touch more cartoonish than any of the characters in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, don’t you think? Jackson didn’t exactly make his name on making PG movies, but here’s hoping that this will be one we can take the 9-year-old to.