Originally Posted by NewChief
Not watching it right now: but I bet it's Thorin Oakenshield. They really broke canon with the dwarves and made some of them pretty human looking.
Here he is:
That being said, I can appreciate why they did it. If they just had a bunch of bearded brawny dudes, the characters would be indistinguishable. They broken canon on the dwarven race in order to make for better film. Judging from the preview, I approve.
Can't be Thorin, he's on the left as the camera pans over. Thorin is the one who starts singing.
I'm fine with breaking canon to make a better film. I'm fine with reasonable deviations. It's impossible to turn the book into film precisely, and each is a separate medium of entertainment. The point is to keep to the heart and soul of the story, which Jackson consistently does. I have a few quibbles here and there, and REALLY don't like the Witch King seeming to be clearly more powerful than Gandalf at their confrontation at the gate in the extended edition of RoTK. That one really pisses me off, but by and large, he did an amazing, fantastic job.