Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield from 'The Hobbit' Revealed

July 17, 2011

Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit

And finally, the biggest reveal of them all, it's our first official look at Richard Armitage as our dwarf hero Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór, King Under the Mountain. The last of the company of dwarves from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, and the leader of the company, as we've been revealing first looks throughout this last week. This reveal comes from, where they've amassed a complete rundown of the 13 dwarfs in the company, including details and photos for all. So when do we see a teaser?! As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the terror when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked Erebor…

Through long years of hardship, Thorin grew to be a strong and fearless fighter and revered leader. In his heart a fierce desire grew; a desire to reclaim his homeland and destroy the beast that had brought such misery upon his people. So when fate offers him an unusual ally, he seizes the chance for revenge. Thorin:

Thorin Oakenshield - The Hobbit

Company of Dwarves in The Hobbit

Yes, he's also carrying Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver, the sword with which he's going to kick some ass. For more info on Thorin and a full rundown of the company of dwarves in The Hobbit, jump to

In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit… The Hobbit, being directed by Peter Jackson in two separate parts, is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in a trilogy ten years ago. The Hobbit films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, will be shot consecutively in digital 3D using the latest camera and stereo technology. The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. The first part of The Hobbit hits theaters December 2012.

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  • Big Boss
    That sword looks hella proper.
    • NICK S.
      did you... did you just mix NorCal and British slang?
      • Big Boss
        Sure did, Dr. Grammar.
    • AP
      Oh no he di' jove I think he did.
  • whats the budget on the movie? because this crap looks cheap compared to LOTR.
    • Why bother…
      Sigh... Idiots who have no idea what the difference is between studio shots and post production. I like this site, but it is rife with people who have no idea what the fuck they are talking about, and then they proceed to talk shit. It's getting old very quickly.
      • Cody W.
        As is every single sight for any subject on the should be used to it by now. They give a good laugh from time to time.
      • your a forum nazi
        • JL
          You're* (spelling Nazi)
  • Marty
    seriously, all of these images look terrible. everything looks overtreated in photoshop and cheap. the makeup and lighting looks fake. just really strange and unimpressive. Not to mention, the RED cameras are hit and miss, and I'm worried that although Fincher can make the RED look like film, Peter Jackson isn't so adept with the tool.
    • Croniccris
      how do you know the RED cameras are hit and miss? what movie have you seen that used them??
      • Ryderup
        Well.... there is a bunch... Pretty much all recent digital shot films...
  • Sjioh
    W-T-F thats an ugly barbarian, no exalted dwarven king! Im so disappointed. 
    • NICK S.
      you were expecting whatever vision you conjured within YOUR head to appear before your very eyes. don't work that way. i may have picture the Ring Wraiths from LOTR differently but my-oh-my were they BADASS all the same! you have seen ZERO footage of him in action. open heart, open mind. Peter J hasn't failed us one bit so far-no reason to denounce his choices based off of "this" just yet.
      • Moif
        There is fantasy, and then there is Tolkien. I agree with Sjioh. The images of the dwarves released so far do not correspond to the descriptions in the book, and Thorin Oakenshield is supposed to be very old. This image does not look anything like the description of Thorin Oakenshield. I don't need to see any footage from the film to know that Walsh and Jackson's intepretations of Tolkien are pedestrian. They already proved that with their previous pantomime adaptations.
  • stfugtfo
    the dwarves look too much like their from game of thrones
  • Tim
    Kind of looks Klingon, but without the forehead ridges.
    • Vold
      ya i agree unfortunately.
    • JL
      Stress lines, though.  Close enough.
    • KaPlah
      My exact thought. He looks like Gowron.
  • An Instant Classic. Thorin looks amazing.
  • All these hobbits are badass looking! I always expect high quality production from PJ but I'm still blown away. Can't wait.
    • DavidPD
      FYI: They're not hobbits, but dwarves. I know they look similar, but come on, hobbits could never look this kickass.
  • Jack the Riffer
    Not how I pictured him at all... for some reason I thought he'd be blonde. No idea why. That's just what I pictured in my head. Still looks awesome tho. He almost looks like he could be a villain, but I guess that's his "I am not to be trifled with" Dwarvish persona shining through
  • He looks.... EVIL!
    • JL
      fierce*! (read with an effeminate lisp)
  • Brandon
    The dwarves look fantastic. Too many whiners on here that will be bowing before Peter Jackson come showtime. 
  • This movie is gonna be one hell of a ride lovin it so far. Cant wait.
  • Peter
    i really dont get the hate for these "slow burn" releases of character photos. each one looks like alot of time and effort has one into making each character original and unique in design. that can hardly be said for most fantasy or big budget contemporary films. 
    • Moif
      I understand that Tolkien's stories are different from most run-of-the-mill fantasy. They have an old world charm and grace that you simply don't find in the rest of the fantasy genre, and this is evident in how many artists have referenced Tolkien in their own work. Peter Jackson, who is a hack at best, took Tolkien's poetic literature and reduced it to the lowest common denominator. Thorin Oakenshield's character is well defined in the book. He is a dwarven king; old, arrogant and dignifed. He is not the posing bad boy shown in the picture above. There was a reason why Tolkien didn't want his books adapted to cinema. That reason is Peter Jackson.
      • Englishman in Reno
        Well he's hardly going to complain about it now FFS
        • Moif
          Wether he can or not is irrellevent. The point is Tolkien was right. He believed his work would be disfigured if it was adapted, and he was right.
      • Anonymous
        I totally understand and RESPECT your beef, but I have to admit that I wasnt interested in this Tolkien stuff until I saw the movies.  I get that it's watered down compared to the books, but even still, it's waaaaaay better than most movie series done before OR after. Let the source material stand as what it is, a literary masterpiece, and let PJ do his thing because you dont have to spend your $11 to see it.      
  • QBforever
    It all looks so "photoshoped"......Hopefully we`re going to see more set photographs soon...
  • I'm sorry, but Thorin looks like utter crap. What the hell is Peter Jackson doing? It's one thing to make one of the backgound dwarves look like a young human that happens to be short. Its another thing entirely to screw up the most important dwarf in the Hobbit. After enjoying the Lord of the Rings movies so much, this is a serious let down. Now I'm worried Smaug will look like crap too.
  • He he
    Thorin looks nothing like I thought he would, but Bombur looks exactly like I pictured him... either way I am looking forward to the adaption from the Hobbit.
  • crap
    Thorin looks WAY too young!!! He's the oldest dwarf in the company...I like his menacing look but at least give him grey hair




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