Richard in Kiwiland: Hope you’re having fun. We miss you, dearest!


Our lovely lad from Leicestershire just before making his little speech at the Powhiri welcoming ceremony. He looks so excited . . . and his nostrils are flaring just a bit. *sigh*'

Dear Richard,

I know you are having a fabulous time on the other side of the world in New Zealand. You’ve traveled quite a lot to shoot your various projects–Budapest, South Africa, Moscow, and various locations around the U.K., to name some of your destinations–but there’s been nothing like your experience across NZ as you shoot a major role in two huge films virtually guaranteed to be hits. No pressure on you, right? 😉

Seriously, Richard I have absolutely no doubt you are going to be incredible as Thorin and I totally believe the buzz about you, Richard Armitage, being the biggest break-out star from the films. I know you are a level-headed guy and you keep that head endearingly unswelled–but deep inside, do you feel a real sense of excitement and anticipation over all the possibilities that lie before you for your career, for your life? Do you have to pinch yourself on occasion to make sure it’s not all a lovely dream?

It's not just a dream, Richard. After all those years of hard work and struggle, it's happening for you.

My hope is that lots of interesting and varied projects come your way in the wake of this iconic role–a character you have loved since childhood–roles that will offer plenty of challenge and satisfaction to help you stretch yourself as an actor and to enjoy the journey as you do so. Happiness–that is what I wish for you, happiness in all facets of your life.  You’re more than a fine actor, you are a very special human being, and the admiration and affection you inspire in us makes us want the world for you.

Relief map of New Zealand

Relief map of New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was quite tickled to see you taking photos in that last videoblog. I am glad you are getting some time to play tourist amidst all that hard work. There is certainly plenty of scenic locales and breathtaking natural beauty to stop and appreciate. The Kiwis seem most friendly and hospitable and  I am sure you are storing many amazing memories that will last a lifetimes.

I know it’s probably an exhausting shooting schedule but I hope when you fall into bed each night it is with the satisfaction of a job well done– a job you love to do. I imagine a tired but happy smile stretching across that lovely face as you close your eyes . . .

God bless you, Richard, and I hope you enjoy what I assume will be an Easter break.  Take care.

With love,

Your ardent admirer,


PS We really wouldn’t object if you appear in the next videoblog and even say a few words. In your nice, deep, authoritative Thorin voice if you like. Just a thought.

About fedoralady

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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    • Oh yes here here !

      I could hug Sir Peter truly I could. This is a big role in a BIG production. I was so happy to read that it’s thought that RA’s career will get the biggest break through out of this.

      He deserves it completely. All his years of hard work and keeping his feet on the ground
      should pay off for him.

      He looks like he’s having a ball with his friends in NZ too. Happy memories for him to treasure.

      • It has to be such a wonderful experience as an actor to work in a top-flight production like this that allows him to have contact with great talents on both sides of the camera. I am sure he is learning a lot and having a blast. And no one deserves this more. 😀

  1. Ditto to everything for me too. I watched the Powhiri ceremony again last night, and he looked so gorgeous and acquitted himself so beautifully. 🙂

    • He did us all so proud that day. I still am thrilled he was chosen to be the representative of the film folks. There goes that proud mama older sister thing again! 😀

  2. I love your imaginary letters, Angie. So touching! I wish Richard could read it. 🙂 I’m sure he’d be touched too.

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