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Dwarf Prince Thorin Revealed in New 'The Hobbit' Picture

July 18, 2011 (2:25 am) GMT
The first look at Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has been unleashed.

After all of the twelve dwarves in "" were revealed, now it was their leader Thorin Oakenshield's turn to be unraveled. In a brand new picture obtained via The One Ring, the dwarf prince casts a fierce look and wields his sword ready for a fight.

Thorin is played by in the Peter Jackson-directed movie. He embarks on an epic journey to the Lonely Mountain in order to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. He is joined by twelve other dwarves and a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. The latter is swept into the quest after being approached by Gandalf.

is going to portray Bilbo, and is going to reprise his "Lord of the Ring" role as Gandalf. The film is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on December 14 2012. It will be followed by the release of its sequel "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on December 13, 2013.

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