Balin. Dwalin. Dwarves. The Hobbit. You Know The Drill

In Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, Ken Stott is playing Balin and Graham McTavish is playing Dwalin. Courtesy of Time, here comes a picture and some text. And yes, there is an echo in here. Don’t worry – there’s only Thorin to come. I think.

Dwarf Lords in their own right, Balin and Dwalin are close relatives of Thorin. Beyond this, these brothers are two of his most loyal and trusted friends. An old warrior, Balin has lived through hard times and fought many battles, yet he harbors doubts about the wisdom of the Quest to retake the Lonely Mountain. Dwalin has no such forebodings – his belief in Thorin’s leadership is unshakeable. A powerful and bruising fighter, with a natural tendency to distrust anyone who is not a Dwarf, particularly anyone who might be an Elf, Dwalin is not someone to cross lightly.

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