Richard–and Thorin–simply dazzle.

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That Thorin is something else, isn”t he? He may be a dwarf, but he stands very tall in my estimate. It’s true we’ve only seen snippets of Richard’s performance–his appearance in the film trailer, and then brief glimpses of him here and there in the video blogs–but I truly like what I see (and hear. Oh, that  voice!).

I ask myself if I would be as impressed with what we’ve seen of Thorin thus far if I weren’t so fond of RA and so thrilled to see anything new with him in it. Admittedly, I am prejudiced in RA’s favor.

Still, I think anyone, not just a besotted RA fan like me,would watch Richard in action–running, brandishing Orcrist, riding his horse, bellowing in that barrel, singing a solemn tune–and say that fellow looks like the warrior dwarf and king that he’s playing.  Just as he inhabited characters such as Thornton, Porter and Gisborne, so it appears he is giving us a fully-fleshed out Thorin, one that will very likely be more complex than in The Hobbit (which, after all, was written as a children’s book).

Some still wish for more RA in the video blogs. Mind you, I wouldn’t object to seeing and hearing more from RA, but it does strike me that we aren’t seeing a great deal of even Sir Ian and Martin in these videos.  I think it is safe to say Bilbo, Gandalf and Thorin are the three lead characters in the film. And I suspect the leads are so busy filming there isn’t a lot of downtime for trailer tours and cutting up.

The focus of the vlogs seems to have been on the secondary characters and of course, all those wonderful behind-the-scenes moments where we get to meet all the people who help make this amazing movie magic and how they accomplish that magic. The vlogs have truly been not only entertaining, but a learning experience. Thank you, Sir Peter!

It’s all just enough to make you want more, much, much more.  Especially more of that regal, handsome, courageous dwarf.

I think Richard Armitage‘s “rightness” for the role of Thorin was first most evident to the world at last year’s press conference. He didn’t push himself forward. He listened quietly, attentively to more loquacious panel members. And when it was his turn, he responded with wit, intelligence and his customary thoughtfulness. He dominated the event.  Call it mystique, allure, the “IT” Factor. Whatever it is, RA has it in spades.  He may not be an aristocrat, but he has the regal bearing and natural elegance of one, that is for certain.

And it didn’t hurt, of course, that he looked and sounded so damned–MANLY.  *thud*

Thorin needs to be a strong, alpha male type, with charisma and leadership abilities–flawed, but still nonetheless a genuine hero.

I think there are going to be a lot of audience members  who will be very impressed by Richard’s portrayal. He will look like, sound like and BE the King Under the Mountain. We will believe.

And so what if his beard isn’t as long as it is in the novel? Scarlett O’Hara as written by Margaret Mitchell  had at least one husband and a couple of kids that didn’t appear in the movie. She was also not supposed to be beautiful. And that film still turned out to be a classic.  You can remain faithful to the spirit of a written work without following it word for word when translating it to the screen.

And I, for one, can hardly wait to see the magnificence of Thorin on the big screen in December.

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.

17 responses »

  1. Beautifully said as usual, Angie. And thank you for your PhotoShopping efforts – you really have an artistic soul.

  2. Amen sister! I must say that I cannot ever have enough of RA but this vlog was superb in that it once again highlighted the magnificient work that goes on behind the scenes. I am happy that RA is part of this big production. The set and the busy bees behind the scenes seem to enjoy their work and seem to be having a very good time. I believe that if the set is this wonderful, then RA is most likely learning, growing professionally and enjoying himself too.

    I am also of the opinion that Thorin will steal the show. Mark my words, everyone will be speaking about this character and the man that gave life to it. I do not doubt that he will be superb in it. I am sure we will hear a lot more about everything that went on once the official press tour starts. Soon we will be delighting in new photos and new articles. I am so excited just thinking about it.

  3. I just about go nuts when I see any photo from the press conference.Even if it is for the millionth time. I don’t know what it is but I am so enamored with him at that conference. Maybe it is the beard, or the twinkle in his eye or his deep voice, or those biceps or…oh, all right, it is the whole package.

  4. I’ve watched the vlog several times now and each time I seem to become more in awe of Richard as Thorin. Don’t you just love that magnificent coat with all the fur on it? it seems to add to his kingly bearing. You have it right, Angie, when you say that it all started with the press conference last year and your second picture takes us right back there! Just looking at those wonderful broad shoulders, his lovely forearms and the biceps bulging out of that LBS, reminds me how we all wanted those buttons to pop off!! 😉 Seems so long ago now!

    But you make a very valid point. We haven’t seen too much of either Thorin, Bilbo or Gandalf in these production videos although we have seen more of Bilbo than the other two. Naturally, because he is THE Hobbit, many look at Bilbo as the main character, but I have an idea, just as in Robin Hood, that it will be someone else who will steal the show – even though that is not his intention. He has said he loves to play with an ensemble so I’m sure he has no thought whatsoever of stealing the limelight. That doesn’t seem like something he would ever want to do. The thing is that he does that unwittingly just by his very presence!! He certainly has “IT” in spades as you say! And don’t we love him for it!! 😀

  5. Great post Angie, I feel the same way as you and everyone here. What fun it is to share the excitement with all you like-minded girls!! 😀

    • Oh dear, I’m anonymous again. i don’t know what’s happening with WP. I have to log in every time, even when I’ve come in through my email.

  6. My heart is going thud for this kingly stud! Goodness gracious, he’s sooooo hot even in those prosthetic s and a padded body! I think he’s going to blow some minds with his performance. I don’t know if he’ll steal the show because Martin’s a pretty awesome actor but he’ll be right there shining with the stars!!

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