Rumor of the Day: Is this The Hobbit's Goblin King?

Recognize this fine fellow? The bloated, deformed villain could be Bolg, the foul ruler of Goblinville himself. A French Tolkien site claims the beast is for real. See for yourself ...

Actor Barry Humphries has been cast in The Hobbit Trilogy as the gruesome Goblin King, and these two images from the Tolkien-related Tolkiendrim website believe it is Weta's design for the smelly sovereign or his evil minion Grinnah. The second image is from a new Hobbit card game, and the first appears to be a creature FX shot from the studio printed on another card.

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Here's a translation from the site:

"The Goblin King is a huge, grotesquely bloated monster that in the years of his tyrannical rule over the miserable inhabitants of the Goblin town grew fat and flabby. The Goblin town is a collection of skew-whiff ramshackle huts deep in the caves of the Misty Mountains. He commands a bunch of foul, polluted, with scars and ulcers studded goblins.

"Basically, they are bandits, they live by what they can pick up from passengers on the passes through the mountains. The Goblin King and his followers manage to capture Bilbo and the dwarves. The Goblin King is more wily and smarter than it seems. He takes pleasure in torturing his prisoners -- he almost succeeds to finish off Thorin Oakenshield and his companions."

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What do you think? Is this the design for one Misty Mountains' most famed residents or just someone grasping at thin air?

(via Geek Tyrant)

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