There isn't a
good shot from the movie that shows all 7 Dwarves from the
front. So I used this one (from the Appendices Part 1 :
Designing and Building Middle-earth > Design Galleries > Realms
of Middle-earth > The Second Age) and numbered each Dwarf.
Step 1 : Gino Acevedo
- Xander Forterie - Rich Mayberry
A number of
similar images from one photo shoot can be found showing three
of the Dwarf Lords:
photo of these three is shown in the book, "The Lord of the
Rings, The Making of the Movie Trilogy" by Brian Sibley (pg.
130). Sibley writes the following: "Donning full prosthetics,
Gino (Acevedo - prosthetics supervisor/airbrush artist for Weta
Workshop) portrayed one of the seven Dwarf Lords seen in the
prologue to "The Fellowship of the Ring.""
to the picture which looks very much like the one above except
that Richard Taylor is standing behind the trio and writes, "on
the right, with Richard Taylor." Now, I take that to mean he is
referring to the person on the right hand side of the picture as
we look at it. But I have reason to believe that is not Gino. It
is possible he meant 'to Taylor's right' which would be the
person on the left hand side of the picture as we see it. I do
think this is Gino. More on that later.
the process of matching visible elements (over a range of
photos) and eliminating possibilities, I transferred the numbers
I assigned from my first image to this image of the three Dwarf
version of this photo is found on
this webpage at Herr Der Ringe Film. It is captioned: Gino
Acevedo, Xander Forterie and Rich Mayberry as Dwarves. (Forterie
& Mayberry were both prosthetics technicians at Weta Workshop).
Acevedo confirms, in that interview, that he played a Dwarf but
does not mention Forterie or Mayberry. It's not certain that the
names given are correct from left to right but one might presume
to think so. This arrangement is what I came to believe was
Step 1a : Rich
I was able
to find an
autograph that Rich Mayberry gave on a card:
image in that autograph card is a screenshot from the movie.
Comparing it to known photos of Rich Mayberry, I believe this
information to be accurate. And I believe this Dwarf to be #1 in
my number assignment above.
Additionally, this Dwarf is depicted on a Decipher Game Card
with the name, "Linnar".
So, I know
consider : Rich Mayberry, Linnar, as Dwarf #1 to be accurate
If #1 is
Mayberry, then it can't be Acevedo - one of the possible
interpretations of Sibley's comment on the photo in his book.
That means it might be #3, the other interpretation, leaving #2
to be Forterie. What can we learn about each of these people
that will help us confirm this deduction?
Step 1b : Xander
the scenes footage (Appendices Pt. 1 > Designing & Building
Middle-earth > Weta Workshop) we see someone being transformed
into a Dwarf through the application of prosthetics and make up.
the final result of the transformation to one of the images I
had from the photo shoot that shows the three Dwarves and, by
flipping one, determined that this Dwarf is one of the three.
it's not immediately apparent which is which.
Both of these
web pages refer to Forterie & Samuels as being part of the
company, UNREAL. The
UNREAL website does not mention Forterie but it has
two images (link not safe for work or children) of the Dwarf
Lords - one of the trio and one of the transformation.
Amazingly, one of the people helping with the transformation
(cropped out above but visible in the full image on the Picasa
Site and in the UNREAL gallery) is wearing the same plaid jacket
shown in the UNREAL photo above.
think we can assume that the dark haired gent is Samuels and the
blond is Forterie.
that Forterie is Dwarf Lord #2.
Step 1c : Gino
If we take
all we know or believe to be true up to this point, then we
proceed under the assumption that Dwarf Lord #3 is Gino Acevedo.
there is one bump in the path: a few sites on the net identify
Gino as depicting Durin III on a Decipher Game Card and that
Dwarf is from the prologue and is *not* Dwarf Lord #3, one of
the three that we have so many images of. Durin III is Dwarf
Lord #5. If Acevedo is Durin III, then he can't be the Dwarf we
see posing behind the scene with Richard Taylor.
try to prove or disprove this contention that Acevedo is Durin
III. I can only find a three sites that identify Acevedo as
depicting Durin III. Two are the fan sites Tolkien Gateway and
Council of Elrond. Neither cites their source. The third is
pipl.com which cites Tolkien Gateway as their source. Also, in
the group shot of all seven Dwarves, it's clear that Dwarf Lord
#5 is short. Gino is not. I'm inclined to move past two fan
sites - one of which likely copied the other - and trust that
Acevedo is one of the three singled out to be photographed
behind the scenes and with Richard Taylor.
We can try to
compare Gino without makeup to Dwarf Lord #3.
thing I feel confident comparing are the nose and the mouth. The
nose looks similar but the mouth doesn't (I've included an image
of Acevedo as a Corsair because it's one of the few pics of him
not smiling!). However, there are prosthetics at work here so
I'm not sure we can use these comparisons to prove or disprove
So, in the
end, the only thing we have to convince us that Acevedo is Dwarf
Lord #3 is the fact that he is identified in two photos (one
with high veracity and the other with fairly good veracity) as
being one of the three Dwarves in that behind the scene photo
shoot. And he is not, we have determined, the other two. All in
all, this is good enough for me.
Additionally, Dwarf Lord #3 can be matched with the
Decipher Card, Sindri.
Especially if we flip one of the images
So, I call
it a 'good probability' that Gino Acevedo is Sindri, Dwarf Lord
Step 1d : back to
Mayberry and Acevedo both had Decipher Cards made from their
characters, I sought to determine if Forterie had one, as well.
We know that Durin III is not one of the three Dwarf Lords so
that left one other possible card: Uri
longest time, I felt this could not be Dwarf Lord #2 because the
vambrace in this card does not match the one I can see in other
images of DL-2. Then I had a revelation and looked through other
images. This one gave me what I wanted.
vambrace we see in the Decipher Card for Uri is not Uri's
Vambrace. It's the vambrace of Dwarf Lord #7. It's hard to
acheive 100% certainty that Sindri is Dwarf Lord #2 because we
don't have a lot of info on the Decipher Card to compare but I'm
fairly certain it is.
So now we
can amend our previous statement to say: I think we can assume
that Forterie is Uri, Dwarf Lord #2.
have any other info on who might have depicted the other 4 Dwarf