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Throughout An Unexpected Journey, Thorin prove himself an immaculate badass.
An intense mix of Aragorn and Boromir, he has the former’s dark brooding stare and royal lineage, and the latter’s arrogance and tough, distinctly northern, severity.
He even managed to best Aidan Turner in the hunky Dwarf stakes, winning over a new bunch of ‘Team Thorin’ swooners.
His coolest moment echoes across the films, in the dual moments in which he uses a tree branch as a shield.
In the flashback battle against the Orcs, he’s going toe-to-toe with Azog, and coming off the worse.
In a moment of pure macho badassery, he grabs the stump and uses it as a shield holding back Azog until he’s able to slice his arm clean off.
And as if that moment wasn’t cool enough, Thorin reveals that he’s had the life-saving twig appropriated into an actual shield when he faces off with Azog at the movie’s climax.
It’s handy to have a constant reminder of your fortitude and resourcefulness to carry around with you, in case you get into any scrapes.
We’re guessing it’s the inspiration behind the name Oakenshield.