Well, Bombur was finished yesterday! He is a very round little fellow, standing 8-5/8" tall and weighing in at a whopping 4-1/4 ounces! He was felted with .40 gauge needles and took approximately 41 hours to complete.
I think that the most challenging aspect of Bombur was the sheer size of his torso. Instead of constructing him in the usual manner, I had to continue felting torso-extension pieces --- and even stuffing certain areas before felting the roving to a solid, sturdy feeling. His head was a challenge, too, because of the double chin. This was a first for me --- and very fun! The mustache was also really fun!
More dolls are in the works. Bifur is soon to be finished, Balin is about half-way done, and I started Nori last night! Keep checking back for other updates. Another doll will be finished before July, because I have to have two entries finished for the State Fair. :) More later.