Nori, who was played by Jed Brophy in the Hobbit movies, is a member of Thorin’s Company, a fellowship of thirteen dwarves. Nori is the brother of Ori and Dori. Nori is a thief.
Nori is one of my favourite dwarves.
And yet, I kind of hate him.
Allow me to explain:
Nori, as I said before, is a thief. A criminal. He’s only going on this trip for his share of the treasure. Jed Brophy even said, “He’s only in it for the money.” He doesn’t care about Erebor or the other dwarves, except Ori.
But in my opinion, making Nori a thief completely downplays Bilbo’s role as the Company’s burglar.
Think about it: Bilbo was chosen because of the fact that hobbits are nimble and can hide easily. Nori would have these same abilities in order to be a successful thief, and we know he’s somewhat of a good thief, because of the fact that he’s able to go on the quest and he’s not in jail.
And if Peter Jackson used the argument, “Smaug can smell dwarves” then he’s forgetting that Smaug was able to smell dwarf on Bilbo and literally made no difference, he got just as angry and in the book started circling the mountain before going and attacking Laketown. So Smaug knew Dwarves were hanging out outside.
So why didn’t they just send Nori to the Shire and promise to pay him lots of money if he survives. I mean, it’s not like anyone except Ori would miss him, from what I gather from the behind the scenes stuff and the movies themselves.
This just one more reason for me to hate the Hobbit movies. If they’d actually used their imaginations, they could’ve come up with something interesting that’s plausible. Like Nori holding a grudge against Thorin, or going because Smaug killed his mother or father or something like that. Or if money had to be in it, have a reason for Nori to maybe think he should be King. Something that makes more sense then stealing the spotlight on the main character, yet again.
And the way they designed the character is fascinating, with his costume and his hair. But I do think at the same time that as a thief in the wild most of the time, hanging out in old goblin hideouts and whatnot, he should have an easier hairstyle then the most of complex of all thirteen dwarves. Something more like what Fili has.
I didn’t say why I love him. And maybe it’s just because I love Jed Brophy. Maybe it’s because while he’s exasperating, he’s fascinating. Maybe it’s because, despite all of this I kinda have a crush on him. Maybe it’s his sass. But when it comes down to it, I don’t honestly know why I like him.