Tolkien’s Dwarves show us how to clean in style

Tolkien’s Dwarves show us how to clean in style

Tolkien’s Dwarves show us how to clean in style

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the first in a trilogy of films based on JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel The Hobbit.

Early in the movie, we are introduced to a group of characters who will play a central role in the story: the dwarves. Led by Thorin Oakenshield, this rowdy, messy bunch descend on the home of Bilbo Baggins, a fussy and fastidious Hobbit who has no idea he is about to be dragged along on a grand adventure.

‘Blunt the Knives’

The Dwarves arrive, uninvited, at Bilbo’s house and make themselves right at home, wasting no time in raiding his pantry, drinking his ale and creating an almighty mess.

An exasperated Bilbo goes into a panic, telling Gandalf the wizard (the one who tricked him into hosting the unexpected party in the first place): “Look at the state of my kitchen! There’s mud trod into the carpet, they’ve pillaged the pantry, and I’m not even going to tell you what they’ve done in the bathroom, they’ve all but destroyed the plumbing. I don’t understand what they’re doing in my house!”

At this point, one of the Dwarves, Ori, approaches Bilbo and says politely: “Excuse me, I’m sorry to interrupt, but what should I do with my plate?”

This marks the beginning of one of the many songs featured in the film trilogy: Blunt the Knives. 

Paying no heed to Bilbo’s protestations, the Dwarves begin tossing the Hobbit’s finest crockery between each other.

In an impressive display of agility and synchronisation, they bounce bowls off elbows, stack plates and whip cutlery at one another.

“Blunt the knives, bend the forks, smash the bottles and burn the corks!” they sing. “Chip the glasses and crack the plates, that's what Bilbo Baggins hates!”

As the song comes to an end, Bilbo rushes into the kitchen to find that the plates and bowls have all been neatly stacked on the table, giving the first hint that this group of Dwarves may be more capable than he first thought.

The start of a special relationship

As unhappy as he might be to have them in his house, Bilbo slowly but surely warms to the Dwarves as the story progresses.

Thorin and company take the Hobbit on a long and often terrifying journey all the way to the Lonely Mountain, where the dragon Smaug has claimed a hoard of gold the Dwarves believe to be rightfully theirs.

The Hobbit trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, the man who previously brought Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga to the screen, was a big success at the box office. The first film alone made more than $1 billion worldwide, while the second and third instalments brought in more than $950 million each.

Martin Freeman’s performance as Bilbo attracted some of the strongest praise from critics, but it’s the Dwarves who provide many of the trilogy’s moments of fun and humour.

When it comes to keeping business premises clean, a band of unruly Dwarves throwing crockery around probably isn’t what you’re looking for.

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Posted by: Becky Cheall