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Enormously fat, even for a Dwarf, and with his fiery red beard plaited into an impressive hoop, Bombur is unmistakable. He hardly speaks (perhaps because his brother Bofur speaks quite enough for both of them), and tends to be quiet and thoughtful, much given to musings about where his next meal may be coming from.

But for all his size, Bombur is not driven by simple greed and undiscriminating appetite. This Dwarf has a love of the finer things in life and has developed into something of a fussy cook (though his companions might not always agree), a function he carries out for the whole Company.

As a result of this self-imposed employment, Bombur is armed with cooking implements: a vast ladle, pots and pans (all excellent for braining Goblins with), and a very large, sharp roasting fork. None of which he is afraid to use; for, true to his roots, like all Dwarves, Bombur is a doughty and determined warrior in battle.

– from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher

Bombur’s delicious facts:

  • besides Gloin, Bombur is the only other dwarf to have a wife.
  • in the novel, Bombur’s hood was pale green, and he played a great drum.
  • Bombur was the only other adventurer besides Bilbo to fall into the enchanted river while the Company crossed Mirkwood. He fell into a deep sleep for six days, with absolutely nothing waking him, and had to be hauled along with a rope.
  • by the time of The Fellowship of the Ring, Bombur is still alive and living in Erebor, and now so fat that it took the strength of six younger dwarves to move him from his couch to his table.
  • Bombur’s name is taken from the Dvergatal, where it is normalised as Bömburr or Bumburr, meaning “swollen one” or even, according to some linguists, “gut bucket”!

1 day to go!!!

Thorin Oakenshield is the direct descendant of Durin, royal ancestor of all Dwarves; but he is also the scion of a line of kings who have lost their kingdom, a king in exile: but one who fully intend to change his fortune.

His grandfather, Thror, ruled the great Dwarf-kingdom in Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, near the eastern edge of Mirkwood Forest. But word has spread of the kingdom’s wealth, and Smaug the Terrible, a young and hungry fire-drake, blazed down from the north and attacked Erebor, bringing death and devastation with his searing flames. Out of the mountain, by a secret door, fled King Thror, his son Thrain, and a few survivors. They fled south as refugees, and ever since they have been doomed to wander, the dream of their homeland kept alive only in songs and tales.

Thorin is the son of Thrain, and for long years since his father vanished in the dark halls of Khazad-dum he has borne the heavy burden of the hopes of his people: the dream of one day reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and returning to their home. He is driven by his oath to being vengeance upon the dragon Smaug; and by the determination to regain the lost treasure of the Dwarves. As king-in-exile he is accompanied by twelve brave companions, including his sister-sons, Fili and Kili, for whom, as their guardian, he bears a special responsibility. 

His burdens, and the fury that burns within him, have rendered Thorin Oakenshield grim and stern. Broad-shouldered, black of hair and cloak, with a fierce regard and a deep mind, he has a powerful, forbidding presence. When he was younger, Thorin used a piece of oak tree as his shield in battle and from his he earned his name. He wields a pair of great battle-axes; but he is soon to come by an even more fearsome weapon…

– from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion by Jude Fisher

Thorin’s et cetera:

  • in the novel, Thorin wore a sky-blue hood with a long silver tassel. He also wore a golden chain around his neck, upon which was fastened the key belonging to his grandfather.
  • Thorin’s name comes from the Dvertgatal, and means “Bold”. His ‘surname’, Oakenshield, is a translation of Eikinskjaldi, which has been also been considered the name of a dwarf, but seeing as the name appears twice, it’s also been suggested it simply means “with a shield oak” and isn’t a name proper.

All but a handful of hours to go…

In the hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.

This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected: you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbours’ respect, but he gained – well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end.