You’ve seen the dwarven cast members of The Hobbit without make-up. And you’ve seen them all kitted out as well. But have you seen each side-by-side: actor versus character, before versus after?

I hadn’t, not all at once, which was why I thought I’d share these images that I stumbled on, out there in the wild reaches of the internet (okay, Imgur, to be precise). Looking at them as a group, it struck me quite forcefully how they crew had chosen to work with the facial structure of each actor, rather than create something entirely new. Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow are probably the most striking examples. Anyway, enjoy!

Dean O’Gorman as Fili

01 - Dean O039Gorman as Fili

Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

13 - Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

Adam Brown as Ori

12 - Adam Brown as Ori

Jed Brophy as Nori

11 - Jed Brophy as Nori

Mark Hadlow as Dori

10 - Mark Hadlow as Dori

Stephen Hunter as Bombur

09 - Stephen Hunter as Bombur

James Nesbitt as Bofur

08 - James Nesbitt as Bofur

William Kircher as Bifur

07 - William Kircher as Bifur

Ken Stott as Balin

06 - Ken Stott as Balin

Graham McTavish as Dwalin

05 - Graham McTavish as Dwalin

Peter Hambleton as Gloin

04 - Peter Hambleton as Gloin

John Callen as Oin

03 - John Callen as Oin

Aidan Turner as Kili

02 - Aidan Turner as Kili

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