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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Thorin Oakenshield with sound clips and images.
Thorin Oakenshield is the King of the Dwarves and rightful ruler of the Lonely Mountain, which had been taken over by Smaug the Dragon. He is quite stern and haughty and not particularly inspiring or clever as a leader. He has a habit of sitting down and singing about gold, which is most definitely not a sign of his bitterness about his kingdom being taken.
Created by CatsTuxedo on Mon Jul 11 2011, 9 Comments, Add Comment
The Hobbit (1977)
Thorin OakenshieldHans Conried
Hans Conried
The Hobbit (2003)
ThorinClive Revill
Clive Revill


While Conried's Thorin is competently acted, the softness of his voice doesn't quite demand attention as someone who is supposedly a king. Revill has a harsher, hardier sound for Thorin that better fits his aged and stern persona, so he gets the upper hand here.


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said at 8:04 AM on Wed Jul 8 2015
1) Hans Conried
2) John Justin (1968 The Hobbit radio drama)
3) Clive Revill
4) Tom Luce (1979 The Hobbit radio drama)
said at 4:17 PM on Tue Jul 7 2015
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Going with Hans Conried
said at 2:29 AM on Thu Feb 19 2015
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Hans Conried is slightly more fitting IMO, he sounds more like a leader which is what Thorin is. Clive Revill sounds good and fitting in his own way, but he comes off as a bit generic whereas Hans is more interesting to listen to.

As far as an incarnation that's more inspired by Peter Jackson's movies, I could easily see Steve Blum fitting the role perfectly, in fact there actually were times where I thought Richard Armitage himself sounded like Blum. Another recent idea I got was Kirk Thornton, who I think would be really fitting as well.
said at 11:24 AM on Tue Jul 29 2014
My vote is going to Clive as he does indeed sound like a grumpy old dwarf leader.

Han was also pretty good too (RIP to him).
said at 6:13 AM on Sat Jan 18 2014
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Clive Revill, but Hans Conried is good too. I think it would be interesting if Richard Armitage voicing Thorin in a video game or something, he's great in the movies.
said at 3:24 PM on Mon Jan 20 2014
@Bartimaeus I think Steve Blum or Kevin Michael Richardson would be great for an Armitage-inspired Thorin.
said at 2:30 AM on Thu Feb 19 2015
@TheVengeanceKnight Agreed 100% on Steve Blum, there were times where Armitage's voice even reminded me of him.
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said at 1:54 PM on Mon May 28 2012
I love Conried, but I'm going with Revill.
said at 11:23 PM on Sat Jul 16 2011
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Both are good fits, but Conried actually did alot better than just that clip suggested. When he was angry or stern, he did a rough voice pretty well.

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Hans Conried
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