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Meet The 13 Full-Size Actors Playing Dwarves In 'The Hobbit'


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If you can't keep all of the new "Hobbit" dwarves' names straight, you're not alone.

With more than a month until film's theatrical debut, MGM and Warner Bros. released 17 new character posters for the film over the weekend. 

You can check them all out here; however, we were most interested in the posters of the many dwarves.

If you're confused by the similar, rhyming names, we've broken down the brood along with the actors behind the crew.

While most of the actors are fairly unknown talent from New Zealand and Britain, some of them worked with director Peter Jackson in the past and starred in other Hollywood blockbusters. 

Check out who was in "Captain America," Jackson's "King Kong," and which actors share one show in common on their resumes–"Xena: Warrior Princess."

Thorin Oakenshield is the leader of the dwarf pack and played by Richard Armitage.

Oakenshield was forced to leave the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor because of the dragon Smaug. His sole goal is to retrieve the treasure held by the dragon in the Lonely Mountain.

Where you know him from: He played German Spy Heinz Kruger in "Captain America."

Fili is the youngest dwarf of the 13 played by Dean O'Gorman.

Fili and Kili are Thorin's nephews. 

Where you may know him from: He played Iolaus alongside a young Ryan Gosling in "Young Hercules" and played three different characters on "Xena: Warrior Princess": Homer, Orion, and Wiglaf. Currently, he stars on New Zealand series "The Almighty Johnsons."

Kili is brothers with Fili and is played by Aidan Turner.

Where you know him from: Turner's no stranger to science fiction. He's played a vampire ("Being Human") and is set to play a werewolf in next year's "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

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