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How Tall Are the Dwarves in 'The Hobbit'?

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Kermit may have been right when he said it wasn't easy being green, but it's not so easy to be little, either. For the filming of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," filmmakers employed the same techniques of trick photography and scale models to make average-size actors appear, in many cases, feet shorter than they were in real life.

According to author J.R.R. Tolkien, dwarves are on average between four and five feet tall, towering over their tiny friends the hobbits, who measure in between two and four feet tall, according to the books.

However, not all of the 13 dwarves (none of whom were played by actual dwarves) necessarily had to shuffle around walking on their knees below the frame of the shot. Thorin, Fili and Kili (played by Richard Armitage, Dean O'Gorman and Aidan Turner, respectively), in particular, look to be just about man-sized in the movie, which will be released Dec. 14.

If you're curious just how much the actors playing the 13 dwarves had to strain their backs trying to look little, check out our list of their actual heights below, along with a helpful cheat sheet to keep them all straight.

Richard Armitage (Thorin): 6'2"

Ken Stott (Balin): 5'7"

Graham McTavish (Dwalin): 6'2"

William Kircher (Bifur): 5'9"

James Nesbitt (Bofur): 6'0"

Stephen Hunter (Bombur): 5'7"

Dean O'Gorman (Fili): 5'8"

Aidan Turner (Kili): 5'10"

John Callen (Oin): 5'11"

Peter Hambleton (Gloin): 5'9"

Jed Brophy (Nori): 5'8"

Mark Hadlow (Dori): 5'7"

Adam Brown (Ori): 5'7"

That's quite the lineup! If you need a refresher for which name belongs to which dwarf, check out this helpful dwarf cheat sheet, produced by LOTRProject.com.

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