The Hobbit has revealed the last and most important of Bilbo Baggins' thirteen dwarven companions: Thorin Oakenshield takes the spotlight in the final dwarf-unveiling portrait, as an exclusive to TheOneRing.
Played by Richard Armitage, Thorin is the King in exile from the royal line of Durin who rules over the group of dwarves that were driven out of their homeland in the Lonely Mountains by the Dragon, Smaug. Now, with the help of Wizard, Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), he will be joined by Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on a journey to retake those lands from the flying, fire-breathing treasure hoarder.
Anyone familiar with the book will know that Bilbo's friendship with Thorin becomes a critical foundation for much of the story's emotional drama. Look for that to be magnified in the two films.
Check out the full pic below.
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.
Unlike with the other dwarves, the portrait of Thorin is not full-length. However, wielding his signature sword, Orcrist (Goblin Cleaver) we get an up-close look at his face and the intensity in his eyes, from which we can derive his importance to the film.
Style-wise, he's par for the course with the character-driven reinvention of the dwarves, which break the conventional "Gimli" look for members of the race. While a segment of purists are up in arms about this, it is a nevertheless critical step in making the thirteen dwarves accessible and (more importantly,) memorable to the audience.