‘The Hobbit’ Dwarf Thorin Oakenshield Revealed

Richard Armitage appears in full costume as this mighty dwarf in Peter Jackson’s highly-anticipated Middle Earth adventure.

Production continues on the highly-anticipated two-part prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters nationwide on December 14, 2012. Today we have the first look at the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, as portrayed by Richard Armitage. Click on the photo below to access our full gallery, and read on below the photo for a character description of Thorin Oakenshield.

The Hobbit Dwarf Thorin Oakenshield

As a young Dwarf prince, Thorin witnessed the destruction and terror wrought when a great fire-breathing Dragon attacked the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. After slaughtering many of Thorin's kin, the great serpent, Smaug, entered The Lonely Mountain and took possession of its vast store of gold and jewels. No-one came to the aid of the surviving Dwarves, and thus, a once proud and noble race was forced into exile. 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.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

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  1. LuthorX

    why are they revealing so much from the movie ?

    was it like this before the lotr movies to ?

    alot of character photos i mean..

    4 years agoby @luthorxFlag

  2. RojoDiablo

    It's going to be wild to see such a big framed actor playing such a small character on the big screen.

    4 years agoby @rojodiabloFlag

  3. Equialuv

    he looks awesome!!!! This was the one pic I was waiting for.

    4 years agoby @equialuvFlag

  4. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    All the Dwarves look so different to one another i like the fact that Peter Jackson has decided to change the characters around, give them all personalities so as to not just have 13 carbon copies of Gimli, be good to see the other characters now though. Bring on Thranduil.

    4 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  5. Mr_Jellyfish

    Looks great! I love how all the Dwarves look totally different. Gimli was quite a comical character, and obviously the actor had to be very expressive in order to show any emotion through the heavy prosthetics, so I think it was wise to lay off the prosthetics for most of these guys, as they're going to have to do some serious acting in the Hobbit, whereas Gimli got away with being the comic relief in LOTR. Also liking the various beards, I have a friend who is attracted to beards, so this line up will probably make her very happy!

    4 years agoby @mr-jellyfishFlag

  6. Basquat

    Okay we&#180ve seen the dwarves now. Let&#180s move on to the elves. More specifically Evangelina lilly as an elv princess. Come on let&#180s see that picture

    4 years agoby @basquatFlag

  7. K-Man

    @skywise@dan1 - Yup, same.....this is my geek-out place.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  8. Dan

    @skywise Lol, that's exactly how I feel often. Many family and friends are simple like that, and as much as i try to coax a conversation out of them, it just ain't gonna happen. Enter Movieweb :)

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. skywise

    @k-man I never even considered that but that would explain Kili's appearence.

    @dan1 I expect that there will be plenty of bumbling and hillarity to go round. It is such an important part of the book and contradicts the evlish "Lost TaLes"

    @k-man I wouldn't call it nitpicking so much as having a conversation. I don't really have to many RL friends who i can discuss this level of detail about movies. Most of my friends could care less who directed a movie as long as it "doesn't suck"

    That's why I am here. I need to geek out sometimes too!

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  10. K-Man

    @dan1 - Agreed, I feel the same way.....I'm just nit-picking......and the only reason why I'm nitpicking is because I care so much about the franchise. This is, after-all, the prequel to my favorite films of all time.
    BUT, I agree very much that it's about how it all plays out on screen. Who knows, maybe some of the designs are for that very purpose.....to make them more hilarious.

    Guess time will tell.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  11. Dan

    @k-man@skywise Honestly, I'll be judging more on how they act as an ensemble more than how they look. Yes, the aesthetic details are important, and it seems like y'all have glossed over them enough that I don't need to, too, but like anything I'll be looking more for the authentic (and maybe hilarious) interactions :)

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. K-Man

    @skywise - Couldn't agree more. And yes, that is very likely about age.....that was actually one of the things I thought about as well. However, Thorin isn't young!! BUT of the ones who have shorter beards, yeah, most are the younger ones.

    I also think, and this is unfortunate, that one of the reasons why the dwarves, who just so happen to be the more "handsome" cast members, have shorter beards is because they are hoping to attract a few female audience members.
    Think about it, not many women were wooing over Gimli in the LOTR......but they sure as sh*t were all over Legolas and Aragorn. I bet they were worried that the female audience members wouldn't be as intrigued, and therefore less likely to buy a ticket, if they had to look at, what most females would consider, unattractive main cast members (unattractive due to all that makeup and prosthetics) the whole time.

    I mean, lets face it, Kili (Aiden Turner) looks like an elf in that picture. They even gave him flowing long hair and ZERO beard/mustache (which couldn't be farther from the description)........and the guy's a friggin dwarf!!! They are trying to make him look pretty....pure and simple. Quite frankly, I think that's a bit of a sell out move on everyone's part involved..... but it doesn't make me lose respect for them. I just wish they would have changed a few things.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  13. skywise

    @k-man It seems like most of the older Dwarves do have beards so maybe its more of an age specific thing. Or the answer i hate the most but is probably most true; the new designs are simply different than before. Maybe, since there are so many Dwarves they had to do something a little more practical to make each one unique aside from their costumes. And i couldn't agree with you more about those costumes. They are perfect!

    I can't wait to see some of the other characters now that my fear about the Dwarves has been laid to rest.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. ollie-styrene

    My god!!! he looks just like Glen Benton from Deicide!! looks evil!!

    4 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  15. K-Man

    @skywise - We'll I dont really agree with your assessment....or should I say "rational", on the beards and here's why.
    First off, its not THAT long of a time before LOTR, its only sixty years, so I doubt that the culture of the Dwarves would change that drastically in that short of a time period. Also, watch the prologue of FOTR, all seven dwarves who possess a ring of power are VERY similar in appearance (which very closely resembles that of Gimli, Gloin or Oin) with huge beards, facial prosthetics for the nose, cheek and eye-brows......and that takes place three thousand years before The Hobbit.

    And as for the dwarves being "evil". They were never described as "evil", just greedy and selfish......which, if you think about it, is very much what The Hobbit is about. Its a story about revenge on a dragon and trying to get their gold back (that's really, really simplified...haha). So I dont think their outfits being dark has anything to do with that either.....its just more for the feel of the characters.

    By the way, about the costumes........I just want to say that I have never seen anything more perfect in my entire life. While a FEW of the character's beards and/or facial features could be slightly improved, the costumes could not. They are PERFECT......for everyone! I absolutely cannot wait to see more pics for the Elves and for the other characters.

    Great stuff!!

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  16. Bane5000



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  17. ZanyZap


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  18. TheBlur92

    He looks just like he should from the book Peter Jackson never disappoints with his visualizations of Tolkien's writing using Alan Lee and John Howe as his concept artists has been one of the best things he could have ever done with these and the LOTY movies. They have been drawing Tolkien's material for years before the movies were even thought of no one can really understand the visualizations like those two can (besides Tolkien himself)

    4 years agoby @theblur92Flag

  19. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus oh ya, P.J. is brilliant and i have complete faith in him as does the Tolkein estate.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Knowing the genuine length Jackson gives his movies, we might as well get the entire thing in there.

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus I have to be honest, as much as i love Tolkeins world, the Hobbit was not one of my favs. I mean it sets everything up for the war of the ring but it was written much earlier than LOTR and reads a bit like a childs book. Dont get me wrong its wonderful...its just not on the top of my list. However...this movie will be awesome because they are taking that LOTR asthetic and adding to the Hobbit. I cant wait to see how it turns out. Its not a long book and yet they are making 2 movies so i get the feeling that we may get some added scenes from some of the appendecies or scenes may be extended.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Nice, I'm just looking for the Hobbit book to have an early start at it.

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus I have read the Silmarillion, The Hobbit, LOTR and The Lost Tales.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Have you read the book?

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. skywise

    Very impressive. I said it before but i was very worried about the dwarves in these films because they play such a big role but they look awesome.

    @k-man Your right aboutt he beards but this takes place long before LOTR and since they were exiled from their home I am going to make up my ownreason: In the Tolkein had written the dwarves as rather evil in the Book of Lost Tales but they gradually become the dwarves we see in LOTR (especially in the Hobbit). Maybe the beards were not as impportnat then. Or not a status symbol as they later become. Notice how the dwarves are mostly wearing dark clothing? After defeating smuag i believe they regain their honor and so the beards become the status symbol they once were. It is important to note that the history of the Lost Tales was written by elves so there was bias there.

    So thats my theory. what do you think...aside from the fact that i am a Tolkein dork?

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  26. K-Man

    He looks good and I think he will be great on screen.......HOWEVER, now that we have had a look at all thirteen dwarves, I can say that I'm definitely surprised by some of the dwarves's appearances (mainly in the face).

    Now let me be clear, I'm not disappointed by them, just surprised. I find it a bit odd that so much time has been spent referencing how important the beard's are to the dwarves (almost as a status symbol) and yet so many of them lack really thick beards (or ANY beards at all)....including Thorin, who is royalty.

    Again, I know that it would have been a generic mess if they had made all the dwarves look exactly the same, like clones of Gimli from LOTR, but I think that a few of them definitely could have used a bit more beard(age) or facial prosthetics.

    Ori definitely needs more mustache, Kili needs BOTH a mustache and a beard (even a little bit would be nice) along with his hair braided to make it a bit less wavy (he looks too much like a elf), Thorin needs just a bit more Beard and Bombur and Bombur need a complete reworking because they look like they just walked out of the circus.

    On the other hand, Gloin and Oin are PERFECT in every sense of the word. Dwalin looks absolutely spectacular as the hard-edged, hammer wielding badass, Balin looks great (but could use a mustache), Bifur looks pretty damn good (not sure if anyone noticed but he has a friggin axe stuck in his forehead with the handle broken off......which is NUTS) and Nori and Dori look GREAT as well.

    So it is a really mixed bag. I'm sure they will all be great in their own way! Cannot wait for December 2012!!!

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  27. Basquat

    He looks nothing like i imagined he would.

    4 years agoby @basquatFlag

  28. CUPID


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  29. Brizzy

    holy sh*t he looks badass..

    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  30. Daveactor7

    this guys a dwarf? o k.....

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

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