On their quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, the company of Thorin Oakenshield encounter a trio of gruesome trolls.
Bert the Troll takes great pride in his role as the group’s cook. Though he fancies himself something of a gourmand, Bert’s culinary experience and inspirations fail to elicit praise from his companions, William and Tom, who complain that all his meals taste the same. The proverbial floater in Bert’s stew is the wheedling Tom, whom he cannot stand and takes every opportunity to berate or thump with his oversized ladle.
Bert the troll was played by Mark Hadlow in the movie. He is presented as a finely detailed miniature collectible designed and sculpted by Weta Workshop creature designer Andrew Baker, who made the conceptual designs for the trolls and other creatures in the movie.
The pose may look familiar to those who have seen the three well travelled trolls who visited San Diego Comic-Con 2012. They later attended the red carpet at the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington last November and then took over the main foyer at New Zealand's National Museum, Te Papa.
They have since settled outside the Weta Cave in Wellington, New Zealand.
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