Young Thorin holding the piece of oak tree trunk he used as a shield in battle, leading to his being called Thorin Oakenshield. But what did he do with that piece of mighty oak?
The topic came up in a previous Thorin post https://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/he-earned-it/
When I got my little Thorin, one of his accessories, in addition to Orcrist and his Dwarven sword, was a piece that attached to his forearm. I regret to say I have mislaid said accessory somewhere in this room. It’s somewhere with mini Lego Thorin’s sword. My missing Thorin accessory relates to the chunk of wood he used in a terrible battle.
I remembered reading in the The Hobbit Chronicles: Art & Design from Weta Workshop (such an absolutely beautiful book) about Richard’s ideas for that trusty piece of hardwood.
Here’s what Richard said:
I thought it would be nice to bring something from the past into what is happening now; he might have kept and nurtured this chunk of oak that had saved his life and perhaps honed it into something else. I made a sketch of it, like a branch that had been hollowed to become something like a vambrace* with prongs, which I showed to Peter and he liked the idea of it.
Richard Taylor picked it up and we went through a development of the idea. It briefly had a fist-like end with nails on it, but it started to look Orcish so we pulled back from that to keep a Dwarfish feel.
*vambraces: forearm guards that are tubular or guttural defenses for the forearms, usually worn as a part of a suit of armor.
And that is the story behind the actor’s (and artist’s and filmmaker’s) vision for what happened to the oak tree that gave our oak-hard hero his name.
Now, if I can only find those errant weapons. Probably under a stack of books somewhere . . .
- If you haven’t purchased it yet – you’ll want to. (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Thorin Oakenshield: Tolkien’s Inimitable Hero (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- The critics have spoken: “Epically cool” Armitage “impressive” in role (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Thorin Oakenshield: A Warrior In the Norse Vein (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Tolkien’s Antithetical Heroes: Thorin Oakenshield & Boromir of Gondor (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)