– Gloin: Gimli’s father …
There wasn’t much room to go wrong here. Gimli has long since passed into the mind-frame of pretty much anyone who’s into fantasy as THE typical cinematic/literary dwarf.
Having already been exposed to the dwarf in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, it seemed like a pretty straightforward choice for the film-makers to adopt a very similar formula in crafting the character of Gloin.
In both appearance and temper, the “like father, like son” statement couldn’t be more adequate.
Thankfully, in ‘An Unexpected Journey’, Gloin (Peter Hambleton) has been given quite a fair share of dialogue – considering the lack of in the book. Then again, he probably talks more than most secondary characters in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, in the chapter ‘The Council of Elrond’ – Book II of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’. His lack of presence in the Rings films has been properly amended by the satisfactory on-screen presence in ‘The Hobbit’.
Furthermore, apart from the issue of hair colour and all, the fact that we are now seeing Gloin in ‘The Hobbit’, makes his very brief appearance in ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ film that much more fascinating. It just adds so much depth to the cinematic universe of Middle-earth…
And rumour has it (again with the rumours) that reference to Gimli has/will be made sometime during the Mirkwood sequence in ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ … shhh!
– Oin: Gimli’s uncle!
After the first image of Oin was officially released online, I was determined from the start that he would be my favourite dwarf from the films. I mean, apart from Gloin, how cool is it that you get to be Gimli’s own uncle? Not only that, but have you noticed the family resemblance between the three of them? Amazing. Top all of that with a partially-deaf dwarf and you’ve got a winner …
It turns out that after my first viewing of ‘An Unexpected Journey’, though I very much enjoyed John Callen’s interpretation of the character, my attention was directed towards another dwarf (to be revealed in the next few posts). As with some of the other Dwarves, Oin’s presence on screen is not as fulfilling as one would wish it to be. Yes, we were introduced to a dwarf who misinterprets everything that is told to him, but I just would have liked there to be more interaction and exposition on their motivations and actions.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to some more brotherly interaction between the two and the possibility of exploring further their purposes for joining the Quest and some insights into a 77-year younger Gimli.
(Images taken from the ‘Heirs of Durin’ site here)