John Rhys-Davies Won’t Return To Middle-Earth For ‘The Hobbit’ — Not As A Dwarf, At Least

Nobody tosses a dwarf — not even “Lord of the Rings” actor John Rhys-Davies, who recently declared that he won’t be throwing himself back into dwarven garb anytime soon, despite offers to the contrary.

In an interview with Empire, Rhys-Davies revealed that he has been approached about appearing in “The Hobbit,” the Guillermo del Toro-directed and Peter Jackson-produced sequel to the beloved “Rings” trilogy. Sadly, the actor doesn’t plan on elongating his beard and truncating his height anytime soon — his days as a battle-hungry dwarf are over.

“I’ve already been asked and to be honest with you, I wouldn’t,” Rhys-Davies said about returning to Middle-Earth for “The Hobbit.”

“I have already completely ruled it out,” he continued. “There’s a sentimental part of me that would love to be involved again. Really I am not sure my face can take that sort of punishment any more.”

Rhys-Davies starred as Gimli in the three “The Lord of the Rings” films, not to mention providing the likeness and voice for Treebeard. Gimli’s father Gloin has a role in “The Hobbit,” but it’s not a part that Rhys-Davies wants to play — nor does he want to play any of the movie’s many dwarves.

“Why would you want to do it if it was just a couple of shots?” he posited. “When you’ve been 1 of 1, why would you want to be 1 of 13?”

Still, that’s not to say a trip to Middle-Earth is completely out of the question for the actor. While Rhys-Davies isn’t interested in furthering the dwarf brand, he could see himself exploring another creature within the Tolkien universe.

“I’d be interested in trying to create a different type of persona within [’The Hobbit’],” he said. “That is challenging as an actor. I’d really prefer to play something quite different. Maybe an Elf.”

Are you disappointed that Rhys-Davies won’t return to his dwarf roots in “The Hobbit,” and would you like to see him as another creature such as an Elf? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter!