New Photo: Ken Stott in ‘The Hobbit’

TIME has posted a picture of Ken Stott (voice of Trufflehunter in Prince Caspian) in costume as Balin in The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson.  View it here (left). Balin is the cousin of Gimli. In the first Lord of the Rings film, the fellowship fight a cave troll at Balin’s tomb in the Mines of Moria. The first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, releases in December 2012. The next film, There and Back Again, releases a year later.

75 Responses

  1. Just a voice in my head says:

    Hey, people! Can you please stop arguing about Catholicism and Christianity and all the other stuff? Everyone has their own opinion. And eventually, this all won't matter who thinks they're right and who's wrong. So please please drop it. Thanks.

  2. Barnesfan#5 says:

    So you talk to Jesus though Mary? That doesn't sound very personal. And it sounds like you guys have made you own Bible. And the "president" of normal Christions is Jesus. No pope or preist. I'm not comming back to this section becuse I'm sick of this argument. Aloha.

  3. Hiking says:

    Ditto, man.

  4. Hiking Peter says:

    Sorry, I meant For my name to be Hiking Peter there, not Hiking. Typographical error.

  5. Tradition says:

    Here's one Protestant who agrees with you!

    Although, I would like to say that many of the misconceptions about Catholics date back to the Middle Ages, prior to the Reformation. At that time, some elements of the Catholic Church were extremely politicized and corrupt. For instance, there were priests taught that people had to buy documentation to earn forgiveness of sins. The Catholic Church doesn't do stuff like that anymore, and hasn't for hundreds of years, but that's the sort of thing that Luther protested against, and it's probably one of the reasons a lot of Protestants still don't like Catholics–even though we've mostly forgotten the reason.

    Also, Lutheran theology was not, I believe, very far removed from Catholic theology. However, it is true that Protestants do not include the Apocryphal books in the Bible, but that's because there are some serious academic and historical questions as to whether they were divinely inspired. Not my area of expertise, but that's the reason. Many of the early church councils also rejected the Apocrypha. The ministry organization Answers in Genesis offers a great lecture on the topic.

  6. Aslan's BFF says:

    Yes. I was working on a reply, but you pretty much used what I would have used, Tradition.

  7. DaughterofAslan'scountry says:

    Thankyou,tradition. you seem to understand at least, even if you don't agree, and I am thankful for that.
    I admit there were people and priests in the Catholic Church who taught wrong things and did bad things. That's in every religion. But that doesn't mean that's what the Catholic Church believes. The corruption was a result of the powers of europe being so intertwined with the Church. This had some good thingsand bad thing. The corruption started when bishops or the pope would tell the monarchs to stop acting up, and the bishops and priests were then assassinated. then some priests and bishops and popes got scared and started going against the teachings of the Church. Like I said earlier, scandals happen in every religion,the media and society just have always focused on the Catholic Church.
    I knew about the apocryphal books with the bible. And your right that some church officials were wondering about those books too. But that was before the dead sea scrolls.
    As for theology, we do have some things that are very similiar, and some that are very different. I find it ironic when other christians, which in some way come from protestant, attack Mary, because Luther was a very big Mary person. He had a greater devotion than the average Catholic back then I think.
    The reason I've said all this is because I don't like it when other christians attack Catholiscism, and don't even understand or know what it is. I want people to at least understand. When you understand, you may or may not agree. I think that's perfectly fine. My family knows devout protestants and Jews. The reason we can get along is we understand our religions and each others, and since were all devout we find alot of common ground in theological matters, more so also because one religion comes from an other. We all agree on most of the big issues, even some not so big ones. the religions we each choose comes down to which religion we think contains the most truth, and that's a personal thing. I consider Lutherans cousins to Catholics, and I have a great respect for those that are devout and live devout Lutheran lives, and their public life is pretty much the same as devout Catholics, because the devout Lutherans I find agree with what we think is wrong in society.
    When you understand, people tend not to argue or attack each other, even if they believe differently.

  8. DaughterofAslan'scountry says:

    That's exactly what I thought when reading the books.
    I was also happy to find someone who understood the wizard thing. That's something I have to explain alot to Harry Potter fans who think Narnia, LOTR, and HP are all within this one category, and think HP is as sound as LOTR or Narnia. That so called magic with maiar and narnia is what makes Narnia and LOTR different from HP.

  9. DaughterofAslan'scountry says:

    My thing above is supposed to be in responsse to Tradition's thing at the top that starts with "as far as Christians are concerned.."

  10. Cammie says:

    It's much easier to undertsand when you put it that way!

  11. Cactus says:

    Ya learn something new evryeady. It's true I guess!

  12. Eustace says:

    I am definitely looking forward to the Hobbit! I just wish Narnia was(in the movies) faithfully done and well done as The Lord of the Rings. Sure there were problems but nothing like VDT.

  13. Hiking Peter says:

    One question….Why did you not capitalize the word "Christians"? Also, we don't 'attack' Mary, we just don't agree with talking to her.

  14. Hiking Peter says:

    No, the Christians were first called Christians in Antioch. And, the King James bible was before the NASB or NIV or any of the others. If you want an accurate bible, learn Greek or Hebrew.

  15. DaughterofAslan'scountry says:

    The dominant languages in Antioch were Greek and Roman, because it was part of the Roman empire at the time. Jesus even spoke Greek, although he was Jewish and lived in Palestine.