The world’s slowest Tweet session, but Thorin consoled me (new fanart)


If you read that the Q&A session on Twitter with Andy, James and Richard lasted over 3 1/2 hours, you might be thinking, “WOW! lots of questions answered!”

Well, er—no. Give three Twitter newbies one MacBook and no apparent advance exposure to the many questions tweeted in, and you have a recipe for a near-disaster.

Sorry, @TheHobbitMovie, this was not a well-planned shindig. Richard finally ended up answering 14 questions, but we are pretty sure that was due to someone else finally taking over and typing in the answers given to them by the Hobbit crew while the boys went out and drowned their sorrows or whatever. It’s the only answer I can come up with for the sudden rapid response of the hitherto Gang Who Couldn’t Tweet Straight.


I am afraid the quality of the photo somewhat reflects the quality of the whole event. A bit out of focus. Courtesy of @TheHobbitMovie

It took quite a bit of time before any question at all was answered, and then it seemed there was at least a quarter of an hour between each new retweeted question/response.  The guys were sweet and charming, but—honestly, next time around, just have one actor on at a time. Vet the questions in advance and toss out the obvious losers so they don’t have to wade through a jillion of them. Keep it simple.  As it is, I am sure a lot of fans of all three gentlemen were somewhat disappointed with the results.

That being said, we hardy commenters kept one another entertained with our own quips, cracks, fake questions (re Judiang) and blonde jokes courtesy of HeathRA. Richard would have been proud of our determination to do “whatever it takes” to pass the time.  And I appreciate the guys all making the effort.

And we learned some things: Richard’s favorite dessert is chocolate ice cream, scaling Mt. Everest is on his bucket list, his life philosophy is to follow the Golden Rule, his favorite Depeche Mode song is “Master and Servant,” and the three people (real or fictional) he’d most want to dine with are John F. Kennedy, Richard III and Sir Ian McKellen.

Oh, and if he had to choose between fighting duck-sized horses or horse-sized ducks, RA would prefer the latter. Yes, someone asked that question.  And since the questions were so few and far between for most of the event, @kadeart had time to create this delightful artwork to illustrate the answer:


Anyway, the pdf of the entire Q&A is at Just click on the link.

I mentioned Thorin Blu-ray caps; Heirs of Durin posted a link to a new site,  which offers scads of beautiful high-quality screencaps from the Blu-ray editions of The Hobbit. Don’t ask me how.  I just enjoyed snaffling as the sands slowly went through the hourglass . . . several times. And then I started doing some photo editing. Here are some of the results of my efforts. I mean–is this dwarf alluring, or WHAT??




More Thorin art tomorrow, along with a follow-up on Richard’s interview with Lorraine Kelly on ITV, which is set for 8:30 a.m. GMT.  I know Ali at RANet is planning to post it to YouTube after she gets off work tomorrow and someone else may have it up earlier.

Oh, did you note RA did not appear to be sporting much facial hair in the above pic–but he was wearing his sexy cardigan and tie combo? Yum.

8 responses »

  1. A grateful thank you from a “non-Twitterer” to those who kept us up to date with what was going on with the Q&A today – even though I thought there would have been a lot more of it. I have to agree with your assessment. It did seem poorly organized. It would have been better if there had been a Moderator to sort through the questions then have a live interview showing the guys as they appear in the picture. That would have been WAY more fun!!

    However, seeing how Richard looks there somewhat compensated for the disappointment. I did notice the lack of facial hair – maybe a hint of fine stubble? – and his hair looks quite short again. The tie and sexy cardie ensemble were a hit for sure. 😉 Wonder if he’ll wear the same thing for his “Lorraine” interview tomorrow? *fingers crossed*

    BTW, is it just me or does Richard *ever* cross his legs like Andy and James are doing there? I can’t recall seeing him sit like that and wondered if those amazing thighs of his have anything to do with that. He puts the ankle or calf of one on the knee of the other from time to time and we often used to see him tuck one leg under the other. Is this a sign he is more confident and/or relaxed in interviews now than he used to be? Whatever the reason I’m just happy watching! 😀 *sigh*

    • The way RA sits probably has more to do with ergonomics than with confidence. As a short person (5 ft) with a back problem, I am very sensitive to this. He is so tall that most chairs might not fit him properly, and if he has any back problem at all, the sitting on foot thing may be a way to make his back more comfortable in an ill-fitting chair. The world is not set up for the comfort and convenience of those who deviate from the norm.

  2. Angie, seriously you must stop with these pictures! That last one..*puddle*.I have kids to feed and put to bed… I have responsibilities and dishes to do. Now all I want to do is stare at these pictures and eat a tub of chocolate ice cream…

  3. Well, when they said Andy and James would be in on it, too, that disappointed me because I thought it would just be RA. And then when it took so long to get underway and everything was so SLOW, I really was bummed. *sigh* I wonder if he’ll ever want to try something like this again?

    There could be stubble, hard to tell with position of his head, but he’s definitely cropped his hair shorter again (I really like it just a bit longer, long enough to rumple). I do love the tie and cardi, truly a winning look for him.

    RA’s thighs might be one reason he doesn’t cross his legs like that.I remember boys being teased if they crossed their legs in the manner of Andy or James, actually!

    I think of him with the ankle on the knee or that leg tucked beneath him on the sofa. Of course here, he’s also got the laptop so he needs to keep it level–hard to do with crossed legs.
    I’d say several signs point to him being much more relaxed and confident in such situations than he once was. Hes come a long way, baby!

  4. For a change I was relieved that this happened overnight here and I slept through it, saving myself the frustration of such a disappointingly organised event. Catching up on Jas’s blog was the best way of seeing it unfold IMO. As soon as I realised Richard wasn’t on his own, my heart sank. He’s notorious for sitting back and letting others do the talking, bless him. I also assumed the questions were going to be vetted, it would have been so much better if they had been, as a lot of time seemed to be wasted while Richard, Andy and James sorted through them. With all due respect to (and feeling genuinely pleased for) those who had their questions answered, why did one person have two answered out of the hundreds, if not thousands that were submitted? Where were the ones about Broadway and classic roles for example? They only required a short answer. *sigh*
    Favourite bits? Apart from seeing Richard again in that photo, I loved that he corrected “Kennnedy” to “Kennedy”, and he likes chocolate icecream.
    Now the wait to see him in the interview with Lorraine. Lots of good questions and face time on camera I hope. 😉

  5. At times it felt as if the guys had gone out for a pint or pint of wine in Richard’s case 🙂 I’m confident that RA opinion about Twitter will be same after this ordeal: “Twitter I just don’t get.” After this I have to say – me neither. At least you spent your time creatively and made some beautiful grahics! They are gorgeous! Cheers, Steph

  6. I’m with Mezz – for once i was thankful it all happened while we were asleep because it must have been excruciating for those of you who sat through it. Very poorly organised and what a waste of an opportunity to find out more about our man. Some of the questions were good but, i’m sorry, i just don’t get why someone would ask RA if he would rather fight a horse or a duck! Had they forgotten to take their medication when they decided that was what they most wanted to know? Or were they just taking the piss and spoiling it for the genuine fans? And i have to wonder why the boys would pick out that question – disbelief? Boredom? Male bonding silliness getting out of hand?

    I have learned i have at least two things in common with RA – my favorite dessert is chocolate ice cream and i still hate twitter!

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