‘The Hobbit': How Many Dwarves Does It Take to Slay a Dragon? — POSTER

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How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How many members of an allotted ethnic group does it take to screw in a light bulb? How many roads does it take to allocate a man to his confirmed manhood? These are calculations even the greatest of wizards would be hard-pressed to tackle. But it seems as though the forces of wisdom have concluded the perfect number of Dwarves to take on the mission of retrieving the stolen treasure from the villainous dragon Smaug: 13.

This army of Dwarves assembles in the below poster for the first chapter in Peter Jackson’s new trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, venerating the values of loyalty, adventure, and elaborate beardsmanship. Whereas the last poster focused on the spirit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), this one takes a luck at his band of mighty Dwarve companions. For those studying up on their Tolkienology, here are the names of each of the Dwarves, in clockwise order: Gloin, Kili, Bofur, Bifur, Balin, Dwalin, Nori, Bombur (the one with the biscuit in his mouth, just in case you got lost somewhere along the way), Dori, Fili, Oin, Ori, and Thorin Oakenshield front and center.

Rally your own Dwarves for The Hobbit, in theaters December 14.

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[Photo Credit: Warner Bros]

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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