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I'd never heard of Ken Stott **SPOILERS**

Roheryn
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Feb 16 2013, 10:23am


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before AUJ was cast, so I had no idea what to expect from him. (Actually, I really appreciate being totally unfamilar with the actors beforehand, because it's much easier to lose yourself in their performance when you're not also seeing them as some other character.)

His performance as Balin was brilliant, and my only complaint is that we don't get enough of those moving character moments. As others have said, his two biggest character-moment scenes (with Thorin, in Bag End, and his narration of Azanulbizar) are brilliant and easily as nuanced as RA's performance. His delivery of "He began by beheading the king" gives me goosebumps; it's clearly very painful for him to recount that particular memory. And his loyal support of Thorin ("We are with you, laddie") is so touching -- he may not agree with Thorin's choice, but he understands it -- and he fears the price of that choice, even then.

His grief as he embraces Dwalin at Azanulbizar (their father was amongst those slain) is palpable, and I can only imagine his grief will be similar at the end of the Bo5A. Presumably he feels fairly tenderly towards Fili and Kili too (if he's served as a fatherly advisor to Thorin, he's likely had something of a role in raising Fili and Kili too, right?). It's going to be hard enough to watch Fili and Kili die, followed by Thorin; but watching the reactions of the survivors who loved them is going to be even worse.

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A thread for the truly great Balin, son of Fundin Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 15 2013, 7:38pm
    Balin (Ken Stott) was indeed wonderful... Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 15 2013, 7:47pm
        Yes, good point! Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 15 2013, 7:57pm
            Agreed.// Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 15 2013, 7:58pm
        yes Mr Stott glor Send a private message to glor Feb 15 2013, 10:30pm
            Yes he is very great indeed Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 15 2013, 10:37pm
        I loved that scene in Bag End, too alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Feb 16 2013, 7:38am
            Agreed.// Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 18 2013, 1:39am
    a dwarf with heart Silmaril Send a private message to Silmaril Feb 15 2013, 7:52pm
    Oh, Balin... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 15 2013, 7:54pm
        Your first two sentences sum up what I like about the character so much Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 15 2013, 8:06pm
    I love them all, but I appreciate him the most. Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Feb 15 2013, 7:58pm
    A huge heart Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 15 2013, 8:15pm
        Agreed or as they say on tORN, Mods up!// Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 15 2013, 8:18pm
            Thank you Owain! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 16 2013, 12:42am
        I agree with everything you say Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 15 2013, 8:59pm
            About that Moria Thing IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 15 2013, 9:41pm
                I certainly hope that Balin will teach Ori a few things Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 15 2013, 9:57pm
                    He had Bomby Totally in his grasp when... Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Feb 15 2013, 10:11pm
            Agreed Radagast-Aiwendil, although... ThorinIIIStonehelm Send a private message to ThorinIIIStonehelm Feb 15 2013, 10:08pm
                I agree! Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 15 2013, 10:21pm
    Balin is the heart of the movie, sharpened_graphite Send a private message to sharpened_graphite Feb 15 2013, 8:30pm
    Loove him. I guess I like them all Marionette Send a private message to Marionette Feb 15 2013, 8:46pm
    I love Balin Nunilo Send a private message to Nunilo Feb 15 2013, 10:17pm
    Balin, one of the few great things about the movie Nightwing Send a private message to Nightwing Feb 15 2013, 10:26pm
    Stott was superb TheSexyBeard Send a private message to TheSexyBeard Feb 15 2013, 11:17pm
    Ken Stott is awesome! Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 15 2013, 11:49pm
        Me too! Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Feb 18 2013, 12:58am
    Excellent idea Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 16 2013, 12:43am
    Balin is Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Feb 16 2013, 1:00am
    Perfection. Macfeast Send a private message to Macfeast Feb 16 2013, 1:43am
        The two head-butts... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Feb 16 2013, 11:01am
    Balin Bows grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 16 2013, 2:38am
        Aye Laddie! Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Feb 16 2013, 3:18am
            Yea? ..you don't want to mess..With Santa Claus...with a sword! /// Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Feb 16 2013, 3:31am
                Oh yes, the sword-mace thing Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 16 2013, 11:13am
            Me too! Súlimë Send a private message to Súlimë Feb 16 2013, 11:20am
            Oh... he's so real now grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 17 2013, 1:30am
    I'd never heard of Ken Stott **SPOILERS** Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 16 2013, 10:23am
        Bit hard for this Brit to be unfamilar with this cast. glor Send a private message to glor Feb 16 2013, 3:44pm
    Agreed Arannir Send a private message to Arannir Feb 16 2013, 12:02pm
    Nothing to dislike about him! * spoilers* BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Feb 16 2013, 5:18pm
    A big Bravo to Ken Stott indeed! Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Feb 17 2013, 1:10am
    Interesting MrCere Send a private message to MrCere Feb 17 2013, 6:51am
        Actually the reason he hasn't been present Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 17 2013, 8:53am
    I also liked Balin and I would like to mention something that I don't quite understand emre43 Send a private message to emre43 Feb 17 2013, 10:45am
        I expect the success of the Quest of Erebor raised his spirits a little too highly Radagast-Aiwendil Send a private message to Radagast-Aiwendil Feb 17 2013, 10:49am
            My favourite Balin line TFP Send a private message to TFP Feb 17 2013, 2:00pm
                I love RA's facial expression there. Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Feb 17 2013, 2:24pm
                    Agreed! Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Feb 17 2013, 5:23pm
                        Language TFP Send a private message to TFP Feb 17 2013, 10:31pm
            He should have paid more attention to Thorin's fate emre43 Send a private message to emre43 Feb 17 2013, 2:46pm
        Not sure why balin leaves but (just a guess) SPOILERS like everything else I seem to post - Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 18 2013, 1:19am
            Interesting point about Balin and "his" king. Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 18 2013, 3:20am
                Very interesting idea there. Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Feb 18 2013, 5:27am
            Balin's loyalty Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Feb 19 2013, 1:17am
    Balin swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Feb 18 2013, 8:03am
        I like his flourish with his mace ElendilTheShort Send a private message to ElendilTheShort Feb 18 2013, 10:54am

 
 
 

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