Dori: Was that an earthquake?
Balin: That, my lad, was a dragon.
DAY SIX ~ BEST OF THORIN'S COMPANY
Hmmm. Again, I find it difficult to choose who was the best in Thorin's company. Each had their own strengths and each followed Thorin for one reason– to reclaim their home. As Thorin himself says: "I would take each and every one of these Dwarves over an army from the Iron Hills. For when I called upon them, they answered. Loyalty. Honor. A willing heart.... I can ask no more than that."
My favorite member of Thorin's company is a tie between Thorin himself and Balin.
Thorin has not had an easy life. At the time The Hobbit opens, his father and grandfather are both dead and he is one of the last of the Royal Dwarven line of Durin (the other two being his nephews Fili and Kili). He is well aware that retaking the Lonely Mountain and his kingdom is a well-nigh impossible task. Yet, he does not falter. He refuses to give up and determines that come what may, he will make every attempt in his power to reclaim his homeland.
But, he certainly had his faults. I was rereading The Hobbit a few days ago and realized how arrogant he becomes. The lust for gold and the Arkenstone drives him to do some stupid and frankly, wrong, things. In spite of that, he does come through when it really counts.
Balin is one of the first dwarves to warm up to Bilbo and treat him as an equal. In the movie, Balin is sort of a grandfather type, the counselor, the one Thorin turns to when he needs support or a second opinion. He is kindly and considerate when others aren't. But, don't think for a moment that his age has dulled his prowess in battle or his wits!
And, now, for something exciting, fellow Tolkien geeks! We're all waiting eagerly for the second installment in the Hobbit trilogy, the Desolation of Smaug, due out next month. Just yesterday, Peter Jackson uploaded a new sneak peek at the movie!!!!!!!!!!! I first saw it today, and I've already watched it five times. At least. :D Many of the clips are ones also seen in the trailers, but there are some new scenes with Bard and the dwarves. Enjoy!!
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Miss Melody Muffin