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Thorin's backstory and the Oaken Shield

DarkJackal
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Jul 13 2012, 3:46am


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The packaging for the 1:6 scale Thorin statue has some slightly interesting new text:


A proud and noble Dwarf of resolute character and stern bearing, Thorin was the grandson of Thror of the line of Durin and heir to the lost throne of Erebor. Alongside Moria, Erebor stood as the greatest of the realms of the Dwarves, a vast kingdom carved from the living rock of The Lonely Mountain, bustling with trade and bursting with wealth. Down upon Erebor the great dragon Smaug had fallen and the city and its people were engulfed by the inferno of his coming. Thorin and his kin were fortunate to escape with their lives, though they left everything else behind. Their treasure and pride was swept up by the dragon into a pile upon which he curled to sleep, deep inside the mountain.

Throughout the long, hard decades of his exile, Thorin's mind ever dwelled upon the thought of some day retaking the mountain and restoring his people to their erstwhile splendor. In time he would form a company of Dwarves, thirteen in number, and at the Wizard Gandalf's insistence, reluctantly employ the services of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, setting out for The Lonely Mountain with dreams of gold and glory.

The Limited Edition statue from Weta will give Comic-con attendees (or anyone who wants to pay double for it on ebay) a chance to own Thorin complete with his shield, while the rest of us will just get Thorin sans shield. It amuses me that even with this hype, we still have a hard time seeing the shield!

It is concealed quite well under his coat (another angle here). The best view is on the life-size statue of Thorin, currently poised to pounce on anyone walking by the Weta booth in San Diego.
Another view:




From the back of the Weta statue box comes this bit of additional information:

In this exclusive edition, Thorin carries at his side the item that gave him his name. An oaken shield, crafted from an Oak tree that once saved his life.

I noticed a few details on the shield in these shots that I was not expecting, but which help answer my questions over some aspects of the design. In this early view of a prototype (sitting on the table in front Peter Jackson) the shield maintains an organic shape, with the exception of two "prongs" which I could not figure out the reason for. While it still is not very clear in the newest images, these seem to be metal blades jutting out from one end, riveted to the wood. These nasty looking additions could make this object a useful weapon in a pinch.

Subject User Time
Thorin's backstory and the Oaken Shield DarkJackal Send a private message to DarkJackal Jul 13 2012, 3:46am
    reluctantly?? spoilers, from book titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Jul 13 2012, 4:16am
        Unfinished Tales? DarkJackal Send a private message to DarkJackal Jul 13 2012, 5:41am
            Not necessarily from "The Quest for Erebor". Kangi Ska Send a private message to Kangi Ska Jul 13 2012, 11:11am
    great stuff! mind if i steal for front page? attribution offered! Demosthenes Send a private message to Demosthenes Jul 13 2012, 4:18am
        DarkJackal offers up a lot of good stuff like this. // Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jul 13 2012, 4:20am
            Well if I can't be there DarkJackal Send a private message to DarkJackal Jul 13 2012, 5:35am
        Steal whatever you like DarkJackal Send a private message to DarkJackal Jul 13 2012, 5:33am
    *Mods Up* DarkJackal! you're awesome :D Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Jul 13 2012, 8:21am
    Thanks DarkJackal!! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 13 2012, 8:56am
        hmmm that is strange I suppose.. but I'd not think much of it hehe Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Jul 13 2012, 9:29am
        Aha! AlatarVinyamar Send a private message to AlatarVinyamar Jul 13 2012, 9:32am
        "Carved out of the living rock/living stone" ShireHorse Send a private message to ShireHorse Jul 13 2012, 10:40am
            Aaaaah that is quite fascinating Shire Horse! I had no clue about the hardening of oak! cheers! :D // Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Jul 13 2012, 12:23pm
            Thanks ShireHorse! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 13 2012, 12:52pm
    Wow DJ what would we do without you? artemy Send a private message to artemy Jul 13 2012, 11:15am
        totally agree with you about the superstition thing... though I'm not sure where that is seen in Tolkien's works.. .. but I love the sound of it!// Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Jul 13 2012, 12:24pm
            Well Bilbo was added artemy Send a private message to artemy Jul 13 2012, 1:01pm
                Another thing I never understood Earl Send a private message to Earl Jul 13 2012, 1:21pm
                    Because the company would still have numbered 13 artemy Send a private message to artemy Jul 13 2012, 1:29pm
                    Left where? (I'm being dim today...) / DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 13 2012, 1:39pm
                        I meant "left behind" Earl Send a private message to Earl Jul 13 2012, 1:47pm
                            Oooh I see! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jul 13 2012, 1:51pm
                            Was 13 an unlucky number in Middle Earth? imin Send a private message to imin Jul 13 2012, 1:55pm
                                Only in The Hobbit (as far as I know) Earl Send a private message to Earl Jul 13 2012, 1:58pm
                                    Ah ok imin Send a private message to imin Jul 13 2012, 2:04pm
    Erebor is a "vast kingdom". ShireHorse Send a private message to ShireHorse Jul 13 2012, 11:49am
    Just wonderful thanks! ByThorinsBeard Send a private message to ByThorinsBeard Jul 13 2012, 12:24pm
    Love it is not enough Marionette Send a private message to Marionette Jul 13 2012, 2:45pm

 
 
 

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