In the book I loved Bifur. In the film, Id say Balin. Knowing what he later goes on to do in his future helps.
Over all tho, Gimli all the way for me.
Welcome Amras. I think I accidentally deleted a PM from you, but that's because I am so used to deleting Mithril messages I hit the delete icon too quickly. Again.
Anyway in a text called 'Notes on Chronology of Durin's Line' published in The Peoples of Middle-Earth, The Making of Appendix A, Tolkien actually wrote that Dwarves did not go bald...
... but Jackson fans may argue that perhaps Tolkien rejected the idea, since some of the information here was preserved for the final version of Appendix A.
I think the reason Jackson used baldness is probably to distinguish certain Dwarves visually, and with respect to employing baldness, but not to other things he did in the name of distinguishing some of his 'Dwarves', I certainly have no problem with this.
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