You’ve heard of a baker’s dozen? When Gandalf the wizard is asked by Thorin Oakenshield to find a 14th member of their own “dwarves’ dozen” — to take the sting out of that unlucky number (or perhaps put it in) — the gray-bearded one recruits Bilbo Baggins, the unlikeliest adventurer of all time. Here are the 14 brave souls who will lead us once more to Middle-earth (and we’ve even thrown Gandalf in, so make that 15).
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman)
A homebody of the highest order, he’s a hobbit’s hobbit, content to stay in his warm Bag End environs until the call of adventure awakens a spirit within him.
Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage, right)
Leader of the dwarves determined to take back Erebor the Lonely Mountain, their ancestral home, and the vast treasures that lay within.
Balin (Ken Stott)
The only member of the party to have once been at Erebor before the dreaded Smaug arrived, he has a keen and unwavering eye; it’s his tomb that Gimli finds in The Fellowship of the Ring, and his axe that Gimli takes as his own.
Dwalin (Graham McTavish)
A musical fellow and destined one day to lead, he is Balin’s brother and the first to show up for a conference with a certain hobbit.
Kili (Aidan Turner)
Surely to become known as the “young hot one” thanks to Turner’s casting, he’s Thorin’s nephew, cheerful at heart and an excellent scout.
Fili (Dean O’Gorman)
Kili’s brother, this beak-nosed youngster is also lighthearted and skilled in scouting. Together with Kili, they provide the advance guard of a powerful team.
Dori (Mark Hadlow)
The first of a brotherly triple threat, he’s perhaps a bit surly on the surface but reliable in a crisis and none too shabby with braiding either.
Nori (Jed Brophy)
Perhaps the most elaborately coiffed of the group, he’s brother to Dori and Ori. What more do you need to know?
Ori (Adam Brown)
The third brother and with a nose like a hawk, Ori just may have been the one to pen the last desperate words read when Balin’s tomb was discovered in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Óin (John Callen)
Another extensively braided fellow, he shares with his brother the duties of fire starter…but which one will do it this time?
Glóin (Peter Hambleton)
If Óin’s brother looks incredibly familiar, it’s because he passes a lot of his family genes down to Gimli from the Rings trilogy.
Bifur (William Kircher)
He may have a sweet tooth and musical talent, but he’s equally good in a troll fight. He also has a shard of a goblin weapon permanently embedded in his skull, rendering him all but mute.
Bofur (James Nesbitt)
Cousin to Bifur and Bombur’s brother, he’s likely to be one of the more boisterous members of the group if actor James Nesbitt’s personality inevitably seeps in.
Bombur (Stephen Hunter)
Every fat joke ever made? Bombur has heard them all. Let’s just hope the roly-poly, clumsy dwarf doesn’t serve only as comic relief.
Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
The manifestation on Middle-earth of an ancient and powerful being, part of an order of wizards sent to watch over this realm. Gandalf is fond of Bilbo and the dwarves, but has pressing matters to attend to as well, involving a looming evil and a coming war.
Special thanks to Laura Gillespie