As you’ll have noticed, The Hobbit (and the LOTR trilogy, for that matter) isn’t short on weighty speeches.
Richard Armitage’s Thorin gets more than one oratory showcase, from his call to arms around Bilbo’s dinner table, to his about face to the Hobbit at the close of this chapter (the Middle-earth equivalent of ‘I’m sorry to say… you’re going to have to continue on this journey with us!’)
But none is perhaps so stirring, or indicative of the film as a whole, as when he explains how he would choose his loyal band over an army from the Iron Hills (who have, in fact, neglected to lend their services).
“When I called upon them, they answered. I would take each and every one of these Dwarves over the mightiest army. Loyalty, honour, a willing heart… I can ask no more than that.”
For all their comedic shenanigans and oafish feasting, they are an admirable bunch, and thirteen fellows you’d be lucky to have on your side.