Richard Armitage’s Thorin Oakenshield is the latest of the cast from The Hobbit to be revealed straight from the set of Peter Jackson’s film.

I appreciate this way of introducing the ‘first look’ to each of the characters in this way as opposed to a blurry telephoto lens shot from a few miles away. This way Jackson controls the fan reaction to a certain extent and the fans can feel part of the production in some way. Also, it is great to see The One getting the exclusive on this one. Their reporting of the production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy set the standard and it’s great to see them still going strong.

The leader of the mostly merry band of dwarves who arrive in Bag End and begin Bilbo’s unexpected journey, Thorin will play a crucial part in the proceedings. Here’s some terribly exciting prose written to whip you into a Hobbit sized fury,

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.

What they don’t menion is if he’ll spend much time sitting down and singing about gold. Here’s the pic to click,