Daily Archives: November 28, 2012

Thorin Thursday: Thorinmania Fully Underway!


The IMAX poster. Do you think they were going for sexy here?

Isn’t he though?

The weight of his burden is visible in Thorin’s eyes.

Formidable=Thorin Oakenshield

I love being able to see Thorin’s wonderful costume in detail here.

FYI: Turns out the old computer had a broken wire in the adapter so Benny ordered a replacement. Won’t be able to retrieve a lot of stuff until we get it. I’ve been through two adapters with that laptop and I honestly can’t recommend Toshiba computers. TVs, yes–but not laptops. Seems difficulties with the electric adapters  is a common problem with that brand. *sigh* Let’s hope this HP holds up better.

I am proud of the new unit. At long last I have keys where half the letters/symbols aren’t worn off, a key isn’t missing and the left click button actually works (although I prefer an optical mouse, anyway). I do give my computers a workout!

Since I don’t have access yet to a lot of my stuff, things may look a bit different at the blog over the next couple of days, but you will be getting regular posts.

Momentous Thorin & Co. Moments: A Middle-Earth Timeline


(Thanks to The Hobbit Tribute Magazine by Topix Media and writer Jan Sterling.)

In the Second Age of Middle-Earth~~

2770: Smaug the dragon descends on Erebor (the Lonely Mountain) and lays waste to the nearby town of Dale. The Dwarven King Thor escapes with Thrain II and Thorin II.

Young Thorin, a displaced prince after the attack by Smaug.

2850: Gandalf finds Thrain and receives the key and map of Erebor.

2941:  March 25~~ Gandalf and Thorin have a chance meeting at the Prancing Pony in Bree.

April 26~~ The Unexpected Party at Bilbo’s.

July 16~~The Company is captured by Goblins dwelling deep within the Misty Mountains.

July 17~~Bilbo is lost inside the Misty Mountain tunnels and stumbles upon the Ring.

July 19~~Bilbo encounters Gollum and narrowly escapes with his life (and the Ring) after besting the creature in a battle of wits.

A group of vicious Wargs traps the Company in the tops of some trees, but the adventurers are all saved by Giant Eagles (and this is likely where the first of the three movie ends).

Thorin high atop the trees in an effort to escape the nasty Wargs.

So, if Thorin is 200 years old at the time the film is set, would that make him in his late 30s when the attack by Smaug took place?

RA: Definitely Svelte: TAE Word for the Day


Svelte: (adjective): (1) Slender, especially gracefully slender in figure. (2) Suave; blandly urbane.

Looking at recent photos of Mr. Armitage, in prime form and minus all the padding provided by his Thorin gear, one can only describe him as svelte. He’s slender, but not skinny; he know from the reports of those who got hugged by him on the Black Sky set he’s “solid” beneath his clothes. 

And graceful? Ah, the man is absolute poetry in motion. The dancer’s poise is always evident.

Suave, particularly in terms of a man, means charming, confident and elegant. Remind you of anyone?

I can’t say I think of the dear fellow as “bland,” but urbane (“courteous and refined in manner”)? Oh, yes. Every bit of it.

And didn’t he look and act the part of the suave, elegant, courteous gentleman at the Wellington premiere? Ladies and gentlemen, I rest my case. Richard Armitage is definitely one swell and svelte guy.

Richard Armitage: That Old-Fashioned Star Allure


I am a huge fan of movies in general, but there is a special place in my heart for the films from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.  The studio system was in place with actors and actresses under contract, and they were expected to appear in public looking like, well, STARS–well-dressed, well-coiffed, stylish and sophisticated.

Of course, “regular” people tended to dress more formally back then, anyway–I am old enough that I remember my mother going shopping in a dress, heels and a hat and gloves. You don’t see that much anymore, do you?

Sometimes I think we’ve swung the pendulum too far in the other direction. I used to be appalled when I would attend local high school graduations for the paper when I saw how a few of the people were dressed.


It’s one thing if you have to come directly from work in your uniform; it’s another if you show up in a faded T-shirt with mustard stains and baggy shorts.  They looked even worse alongside the attendees who did bother to dress up in their finest for a significant occasion in their loved ones’ lives . . . I am not one to stand on ceremony, but a little decorum never hurt.

But I digress (lack of sleep will do that).

Back to the subject at hand, old movies, and a man who has that old-time movie star charisma, Mr. Armitage. The way he carries himself, the way he interacts with fans and media, is a lesson in civilized behavior laced with humor. This gracious, charming, blindingly handsome gentleman, immaculately turned out,  seems to exist on a higher plane than other mere mortals; he looks every inch the star that one might have once gushed over in the pages of Photoplay Magazine.  Back when stars really were dreamy to behold . . .

Let’s face it, dearest Rich, you are a movie star now. And with the assistance of your new stylist and your own innate allure, you LOOK it, baby.

Richard’s latest message: “Nervous, excited and quite emotional”


Message from Richard Armitage, 28th November 2012  (courtesy of Annette at www.richardarmitageonline.com

Dear Friends,

         So I am sitting in my hotel room from which I can see a very long red   carpet and The Embassy Theatre. I am nervous, excited and quite   emotional, the day has arrived when we can finally present our work for   everyone to hopefully enjoy.

                  I wanted to say thank you for the continuing support that I receive from   everyone who visits Annette’s brilliant site, and those others which   have popped up over the last few years and months. It means so much to   me to have that support. I truly hope you all enjoy The Hobbit, I tried   to respect the responsibility that taking on this role presented to me,   my fellow cast members are all spectacular in the story and we send out   our work to you in the hope that you can take your friends and family to   see a great event in the cinema.

                  I look forward to saying thank you, at the various premiers over the next few weeks.

                  See you on the Red Carpet.

               Much love                   Richard

I could be wrong, of course. But something tells me the prospect of mega-success and superstardom is not going to change Richard Armitage, not the core of who and what the man essentially is. I see here graciousness, gratitude, humility, humanity and a good heart.  (And a man who tends to double-space when he types–but under the circumstances, I think that’s perfectly understandable.)

I am also beginning to cry.

After being so frustrated over not being able to properly see the red carpet event, this was like a wonderful and unexpected gift. It also validates why such things are so important to me. Because Richard IS special and he IS worth the extra effort.  No one else could or would make me care so much, to so yearn to see his shining moments as they happen.

Richard Armitage, I wish you peace, love, joy and happiness this holiday season. You deserve it. Thank you for all the good things you have brought into my life and into the lives of so many others.

And you were absolutely dazzling on that red carpet in every way. You did us proud, my dear boy, you did us proud.

Red carpet photo collage courtesy of Msbeeton and RANet

Anna & Alice serve up a dish: Red carpet Richard!


These are thanks to our own Hungarian honey, Judit and Anna Patton and to Alice Tynan at Twitter, who was one of the “uncouth Aussies” as Richard teasingly dubbed them, present at that very long red carpet in Wellington.

Now that’s up close and personal. Oh, love how the smiles are reflected in those beautiful blue peepers.

Every girl’s crazy ’bout sharp-dressed man . . . who is also intelligent, articulate, talented, funny, kind and thoroughly delicious.

Thank you, Alice and Anna and thank you, Judit!! Love it.