A little romance courtesy of John & Margaret


Just some pretty images of Mr. Thornton & Margaret for Sunday (or late Saturday, depending on where you are, my international posse).  I’m not feeling my best–cranky knee, dermatitis flared up, bit of tummy trouble–so don’t know that I will be posting a lot tomorrow.  We’ll see. Hoping to get some more writing done and finish re-reading The Hobbit. Happy Sunday to everyone!

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  1. I SO badly needed this tonight Angie, my dear. John Thornton was my first RA love and he still “makes me tingle” especially when I watch the train station scene!! 😉 Although he was the first he certainly wasn’t the last!! I sound fickle, don’t I, but I ask you – how can anyone choose just one of them?? I find I can’t do it when he is behind each and every one of these unforgettable chaRActers!!! 😀 *sigh*

    • I know he was the first RA love for many, and he is certainly a wonderful romantic hero. How anyone can possibly think he gave a bad performance in it (and there are a few!), I will never understand. *shakes head* Other than some people apparently are suffering from severe lack of Good Taste Genes.

      No, you don’t sound fickle, you just sound like an RA fan who has experienced the amazing versatility of a certain actor we all know and love. As I said to someone earlier on Twitter, no matter what the role or the costume, his beauty somehow always shines through. And his talent allows us to feel empathy for each character, be it a goodie, baddie, or something in between.

      And after the earlier news, I needed something sweet and pretty and romantic to wash the bad taste out of my mouth. We’ve a few truly rotten apples in an otherwise wonderful barrel, alas.

      • Methinks you should be in bed asleep, lassie!! Yes, something sweet was an absolute MUST and I thank you for it. You are so right! No matter what part he plays you just have to love the guy (small and large G’s!!) Sometimes I shock myself just how much!

        Hope you get some shut-eye in spite of everything. Now if we could just dream about a certain TDHCMO!! 😉 Night, night! Sleep tight dear friend! “Over and out” as Lucas would say! 😀

        • Thanks and yes, I should be asleep. So much milling around in my head at the moment. 😉

          I am watching the last part of an ep of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that I paused while I took a shower. I think I may do some reading before I go to bed. It’s The Hobbit so maybe I will dream of a certain hot dwarf and his cute braid. 😉

  2. John Thornton was my first RA love too. I even know the date that I watched North and South because I blogged about it the following Monday. January 22nd was the day I fell in love with Richard Armitage and the movie North and South. So for me it has only been 7 months since I’ve known that RA exists on our planet. Since then I have watched The Impressionist, The Vicar of Dibley, Sparkhouse, Spooks, Moving On, George Gently and some parts of Between the Sheets and Cold Feet on You Tube. I own copies of N&S, Moving On, VOD, The Impressionist and Sparkhouse. I also have a huge collection of RA photos that I rotate as my laptop wallpaper. Some I have printed out in color and have up on my cubicle wall at work and on a vision board at home. Richard Armitage has completely mesmerized me. ❤ I do consciously keep it in check though because I still have to live my life and I certainly don't want to miss out on that. 🙂

  3. Love these last three images especially! Hope you are feeling better by the time the sun rises. I’ve been listening to The Hobbit on audiobook. RA’s audiobooks have spoiled me for nearly any other narrators. 😦 Nothing against Rob Inglis’s performance but I so hope another version is recorded with RA as the narrator!

    • I know what you mean asilomar. I wish RA would record North and South. I read The Hobbit about 2 months ago but I may just get the audio version as long as it is unabridged. I confess to not being a huge fan of The Hobbit as thousands of people are. I did enjoy reading it I am just not normally into those types of books although I did love all of the Harry Potter books even more than The Hobbit. I also really enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia more than The Hobbit.

      Angie will you be doing a review of The Hobbit after you finish re-reading it? What did you think of the book Eat Pray Love?

      • I would definitely listen to North & South if RA was narrating it. 🙂 I have a long list of books I’d like him to narrate, as well as some “to do” lists in my purse, some tax form instructions… I may have liked The Hobbit better if I’d read it when I was a kid. I find I like it a bit better with each reading (or listening), but it still isn’t my favorite Tolkien work.

        • I find that many people who love The Hobbit read it or had it read to them when they were children. I never heard of The Hobbit or even J.R.R. Tolkien until a few months ago. There are some people over on Goodreads who say they couldn’t finish The Hobbit. Of course that does not mean it isn’t a great book, it is just a case of different strokes for different folks.

          • Tolkien is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. I actually prefer LOTR trilogy over TH in many ways, but I do like a lot of the humor we see in TH. I read LOTR when I was 14 and I loved it and have re-read it several times. I read some sort of illustrated adaptation of TH as a child and only read the book in full as an adult. I have to confess I never did make it through The Simarillion. 😦

            • Oh, see, now anything having to do with the Elves in The Silmarillion I love! Heh. But overall I prefer LOTR, as well. Thankfully, it looks like Fran, Philippa and PJ have not forgotten the humor in the story.

              • Maybe I should give it another shot. I don’t know why, because I really expected to like it, but I couldn’t get into TS at the time. Yes, just looking at the wonderfully droll costumes and hair/makeup created for those dwarfs indicated to me the humor would indeed be intact. And I love the idea of drunken dwarfs singing lustily 😉 Dirty, raucous, nasty, filthy, sweaty dwarfs who party hard . . . the man can say stuff like that and it sounds so damned SEXY.

              • It is hard to get into, sometimes hard to get a good handle on all the characters especially in the beginning with all the Valier. I still can’t keep them all straight! I usually need to refer to this website when reading the non-Elf bits: http://www.glyphweb.com/Arda/alphaa.html (the alphabetical index) But the history of the Elves is fascinating to me: the revolt of the Noldor, the oath of Feanor and his sons, and the forging of the rings of power (it IS all about jewelry with me, heh).

              • I did start to read Silmarillion once about 20 years ago. Struggled valiantly for a while, gave up eventually after page 30. Just couldn’t get into it. After that I haven’t even attempted reading LOTR… I bought TH from Amazon some months ago but I haven’t started eading it yet. There’s still time until December! 🙂

              • Judit, do you know the story of TH? Do you think you will read before you see the movie or will you try to see the movie ‘unspoiled?’ lol TS doesn’t get interesting until about page 60, and then *really* juicy about page 87. 😉

      • I haven’t read the book Eat Pray Love but the film… No offence Xenia but I thought it was one of the worst films I have ever seen. Certainly in the bottom 10. (And I really like Julia Roberts!)

        • Judit I never saw the Eat Pray Love movie and do not really have any interest in seeing it. Everyone that I know who saw it was not impressed with it at all. I did read the book. I honestly cannot figure out how Eat Pray Love ended up on the NY Times bestseller list for nearly 3 years. As I was reading it I thought to myself that Elizabeth Gilbert has so much to be thankful for but instead she is hosting a lot of self pity parties. She comes off quite self absorbed and spoiled. I felt sorry for her first husband. Gilbert was not the woman he thought that he married. They did not want the same things out of life. Having said that I still thought he was a jerk for behaving so miserably during the divorce Unfortunately some couples get divorced, but what is the point of being nasty about it?. I did enjoy parts of the book though and there are some good messages in it. Since Gilbert received a $200K advance to go traveling and write about it many readers believe that the experiences in Eat Pray Love are contrived. I don’t know what to think.

    • Thanks for your interest. I haven’t anything formally published yet, AnDi. Much of my fanfiction is at wattpad under fedoralady and at Live Journal under the same username. Hopefully the novel underway will become my first mainstream historical romance. Not sure what name I will publish it under, though. 😉

  4. Angie thank you for the little romance (OMG great ROMANCE) of John and Margaret . I love them so much !
    (I think I’m going to re-read the Hobbit too ( It hurts me so much because Thorin dies !!!)
    Take care of you.

  5. North & South is where it all started for me. I will always love it because of that. I’m one of those folks who loved TH when I read it at 11. I went on to read LoTR. I have to say that I perfer LoTR to TH, probably because TH is more for kids. I made it through TS, by sheer perseverance more than enjoyment. I can see similarities between my feelings for both TH and N&S, I love them because they are what drew me to both Tolkein and to Richard.

  6. From what I have heard about The Simarillion, it reads like the Old testament in the Bible. No wonder so many people cannot get through it. When I was 18 I decided to read the entire Bible. Yes, the Old and New Testaments. It took me about two weeks but I did it. The Old Testament is the most challenging to get through. If The Simarillion is like that I may not get through it either. I am going to at least make an honest attempt to read the entire book.

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