No RA fan is an island . . .

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John Donne, one of the most famous Metaphysica...

John Donne, who, along with RA and you all helped inspire this post. Image via Wikipedia

With apologies to John Donne.  I have been catching up on my sleep today–it was inevitable I would need to after several near-sleepless nights.

I see you ladies have carried on brilliantly (as I knew you would). One thing I noticed in several of the comments made–a common thread that kept popping up–was that sense that many of us feel as if we are, at times, isolated in our affection and adoration for Richard Armitage.

He is not exactly a household name yet–although I think that will change somewhat when Thorin commands the big screen in a few months–and there are many who don’t know what a treasure they are missing out on in this remarkable man.

A treasure, that is, if you appreciate a breathtakingly beautiful human being who is also enormously gifted and willing to put in the hard work to make the most of his gifts; a man who has a great deal about which he could be vain and egotistical, yet remains refreshingly modest and down-to-earth in nature. A gentleman and a genuinely nice man who possesses both consummate technical proficiency at his craft, and the spark of the divine that lights up his performances.

Ah, but you who have known me for any length of time at all know I can endlessly wax rhapsodic about the bloke. That’s the effect Armitage has on me.

When you discover something really wonderful, something that excites and intrigues your mind and fires your imagination (and yes, let’s admit it, your libido) in the way Richard does, you want to explore it. You want to talk about it. You want to have someone who understands why you feel the way you do, who won’t be patronizing or condescending or just plain think your elevator does not reach the top floor anymore.

And so we have our RA websites, forums and blogs. These give us the opportunity to reach out across the planet and say, “Hey, I know just where you are coming from. I feel the same way.”

We can discuss, we can drool, we can agree to disagree on certain aspects of his career; we can swoon and squee and speculate on where his career may take him next.  Thud over newly discovered photos and videos and interviews and relish recalling the familiar ones. We can learn about Richard Armitage and in the process, learn new things about each other and about ourselves.

And a wonderful by-product of all this? We make friends. Friends who remind us that we are not alone. No RA fan has to exist in a vacuum.

Well, there you go . . .

 (screencaps courtesy of RANet)

A fellow RA fan can be as welcoming as John Thornton's smile.

Oh, Thorin. How we all eagerly await you. And love talking about you!Image via Wikipedia

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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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    • Delighted, my dear. 😀

      I was actually watching “Robinson Crusoe” earlier and thinking about how lonely the poor man was . . . and then I thought of Donne’s poem . . . how we are all interconnected . . . well, that’s how my mind works. 😉

  1. Well stated. This is a world where we can be ourselves and say what is on our minds about so much more than just Mr. A. But I will say, I love being part of this group because I don’t have to hide the “effect” he has on me in spite of the fact I am so not a teenager anymore!

  2. Thank you Angie for your uplifting words! 🙂 It’s fantastic to be in the company of like-minded spirits!
    I must admit I’m not familiar with Donne’s poem, I only knew the expression (no man is an island) from “About a Boy” (film+book).

    • You are welcome. 😀 John Donne was an Elizabethan poet who wrote everything from erotic poetry and satire to sermons. One of his most famous works began with these words: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” You may be familiar with the latter part of the poem: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” Ernest Hemingway borrowed it for the title of one of his novels, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

      Everyone’s life is interconnected and when people die, mankind is diminished by their loss. Every life counts; at least, that is how I interpret it.

      • Thanks, Angie. A lovely interpretation.
        I wonder if Simon& Garfunkel were familiar with the poem? “Don’t talk of love,/
        But I’ve heard the words before;/ It’s sleeping in my memory./
        I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died./If I never loved I never would have cried. /I am a rock, /I am an island.” It’s a disillusioned 20th century take on a similar theme.

        • There’s a good chance they were familiar with it. Oh, how beautifully those two harmonized together! “Bridge Over Troubled Water” never fails to send a shiver down my spine.

          • BOTW is one of my favourite songs of all time! 🙂 I’ve loved S&G since I first saw “The Graduate”. I was as much in love with the soundtrack as with the film.

  3. Thanks for articulating what many of us feel. It’s so disturbing to think, “I must be mad, crushing on an actor, for God’s sake. What kind of sane intelligent person does this?” Then, with only a little exploration, we discover we are far from alone in having the “good-taste gene”, that there are thousands of us (otherwise) well-adjusted, literate, clever, and sane females the world over who are crazy about this man, who seems to merit not only our admiration of his skill, but also of his stated views and his behaviour toward others. Dear heaven, if only my daughter would take up with someone like him, I’d be thrilled (and I would never admit to my online participation in certain blogs or to writing fanfic).

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