One of the most interesting dynamics of The Hobbit is the interaction between the thirteen dwarves, Gandalf, and Bilbo. What comes across in the novel are the diverse natures of each of the dwarves. Each one has their own personality, strength, weakness and contribution to the group seeking to reclaim their treasure from Smaug the dragon.
While they are individuals, it can become quite overwhelming to keep all 13 dwarves separate in your head. Here are photos of them as they appear in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and a brief description of each, along with a quote from some.
“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West.” (to Bilbo)
“Well, it is the first time that even a mouse has crept along carefully and quietly under my very nose and not been spotted.” (to Bilbo)
“My cousins! Bombur and Bofur — we have forgotten them, they are down in the valley!”
“Get up lazybones, or there will be no breakfast left for you.” (to Bilbo, in Beorn’s house)
“I’m always last and I don’t like it … It’s somebody else’s turn today.” (to the dwarves & Bilbo)
“I can’t always be carrying burglars on my back, down tunnels and up trees! What do you think I am? A porter?” (to Bilbo)
“You’ve left the burglar behind again!” (to the dwarves)
The youngest brother of Dori and Nori, Ori often needs to be rescued by his oldest brother after getting himself in trouble. Like his older two brothers, he plays the flute. While, he does not feature much in The Hobbit. It is his journal that the fellowship of the ring finds in Moria in The Lord of the Rings, showing him to be both a well educated dwarf and a valiant fighter.
“Yesterday, being the tenth of Novembre, Balin Lord of Moria fell in Dimrill Dale.” (from the journal recorded in LotR)
“As soon as I clapped my eyes on the little fellow bobbing and puffing on the mat, I had my doubts. He looks more like a grocer than a burglar!” (about Bilbo)
Here are all 13 dwarves, along with Gandalf and Bilbo at his home in Bag Ends, singing the haunting Misty Mountains song in preparation for their journey.
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