Character Profiles: Balin and Dwalin

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– Balin: Father Christmas (in a good way)

Balin, along with Thorin, is the only dwarf (in both book and ‘An Unexpected Journey’) to be given a proper background history that serves well for a secondary character of his stature. In Tolkien’s novel, it clearly emergesb2 how a special relationship is formed between the dwarf and Bilbo – the former often providing encouraging remarks in otherwise gloomy situations. Indeed, Balin is one of the first in the Company to start respecting and admiring the hobbit’s abilities during the Quest.
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Character Profiles: Oin and Gloin

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– 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.Gloin 2
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Character Profiles: Dori, Nori, Ori

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– Dori: Bilbo’s personal “out of trouble” carrier

My impression of  Dori has always been that “decent fellow” (as d2written by Tolkien), who risked a lot in an attempt to physically get Bilbo out of trouble – be it the escape from the Misty Mountains, or lending a helping hand up a tree to avoid being devoured by Wargs.
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Character Profiles: Bifur,Bofur,Bombur

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Did I say I’d be posting solely about Bombur? Apologies. But after a last minute reconsideration, I deemed it fit to categorize these profiles appropriately into groups – as I had done in the introduction here . Thus, it’ll be easier for you, dear reader, to follow these posts; as well as learn, once and for all (if you haven’t already), all the names of the Dwarves and to whom they belong.

Bifur: The looney dwarf (… with the axe in the head)
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‘The Hobbit’ – Character Profiles

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Upon the good suggestion of commenter Ella, in the coming days, I shall be giving a very quick overview of each of the dwarves in ‘The Hobbit’ – briefly describing their characteristics as found in both the novel and the new film adaptation; drawing out a few parallels and touching upon certain issues that emerge from either of the two mediums.

I’ll be as spoiler-free as possible, don’t worry.
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