thanks so much! balin was probably always my favorite dwarf, because he was the second oldest and basically second in charge, and of all the dwarves he seemed to be the most fond of bilbo, kind of a foil for thorin's (often) foul moods. hopefully one day i'll put up a better scan (without that rolled edge effect on the left side)
Ah, yes, Ken Stott did a great job in the film as a ''father-figure'' Dwarf. I don't mind the lack of mustaches on the Dwarves, but I feel that Balin, as the oldest Dwarf in the company (at least in the movies), should've had mustaches. I believe that somehow, he would have looked wiser with that addition.
As for Tolkien's Dwarf-mustache lore, I don't think he specified that fact, but I believe it goes without saying, because Dwarves are being born with their beards, and shave them off only when in deep shame.