When news was released that Peter Jackson was FINALLY making The Hobbit happy dances abounded. LOTR was so big and brave and beautiful, how could you not squee with delight? But I didn’t expect to be squeeing with girlish glee over the Dwarves. You see, Tolkien Dwarves are not known for being sexpots, exactly. Handy with an axe and hairy? Yes. Hot as Mount Doom? No.
So let us examine the evidence. First, I give you Richard Amitage as Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the band of Dwarves setting out to deal with Smaug the dastardly dragon. You might recognise Mr Armitage from the awesomely good Spooks or the rather entertaining Robin Hood reboot from a few years back.
Secondly, we have Aidan Turner as Kili. Aidan made big waves as the vampire component in the original, UK version of Being Human. He’s superb. A great actor and very easy on the eye. But remember, respect him for his mind.
Can I just say at this point that if you in fact have not read The Hobbit then I’m more than a little embarrassed for you. I recommend immediately investing in a hat and glasses, fake beard maybe... if you feel the need to board a Greyhound bus and go on the run, I understand. But it’s not too late! Go grab a copy and sit your ass down. Read it. There’s a reason why it’s one of the all time classics. So you’re not a fan of great big juicy fantasy books and struggled with Lord of the Rings? You’re feeling intimidated. Small. Unimportant, maybe? Relax, my friend. The Hobbit was originally aimed at a younger audience. It’s a different type of tale entirely. Set forth on steady feet and enjoy yourself one rollicking great adventure, knowing the most wondrous film version will be delivered come Christmas by Mr Peter Jackson himself.