Oh, those poor AAAs who are attending the encore Hobbit screening and preceding Q&A session with Richard in NSW this week. This is what they will have to look at, the vision above and of course, the awesomeness of Thorin Oakenshield. Don’t you pity them? 😉 Yeah, riiiiiight . . .
Last night I watched “Snow White and the Huntsman.” What can I say, I liked the villain of the piece best of all–Charlize Theron as the mad evil Queen lusting after the heart of her stepdaughter to provide her with the immortal beauty and youth she craves. Snow White was OK, but I certainly am glad Bilbo beat her out for Best Hero. She just didn’t–inspire me. I wasn’t particularly rooting for her.
As for Snow’s dwarves, well, they were a rather crotchety, crafty bunch, played by a cast of familiar Brit character actors given human dwarf bodies through the magic of CGI. Good performances, but they just weren’t Bilbo’s dwarves. And not a Thorin amongst them to put inappropriate thoughts in a girl’s head. They didn’t have his romantic mane of hair, his noble profile, his soulful, beautiful eyes, his deafening roar, his majesty. *sigh*
So, as more and more folks get their TH DVDs, the continued thudding, squeeing, drooling and sighing over a certain vertically-challenged hottie takes place around the world. Wonder how many DVDs/Blu-rays have almost been paused and rewound and slo-moed to death already?
Did we ever think we’d feel this way about a sweaty, hairy, almost 200-year-old dwarf? No, we didn’t. But we DO.
I found a few GIFs on Twitter I thought I would also share with you. Oh, the joys of Thorin smiling!!
Someone suggested RA was doing his John the Baptist imitation here with his attire. Whoa–a bit wobbly, are we?? From PJ’s sneak peek of the second film.
Bilbo, that’s just what so many of us want to do–leap into Thorin’s strong arms! 😉
It’s warm and sultry here this afternoon, thunder rumbling in the distance, with a wind advisory, tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warnings all in place. Oh boy. Buckle your seatbelts, fellow Lower Alabamians, it could be a bumpy night.
Feeling the closeness of the heavy, humid air, I twisted up my hair and clipped it in place with my “Octopus” (what clever hair accessories Goody comes up with!) to get it off my neck. Ah, better now.
I went out to pick up the mail and play with the dogs a little, and felt the flare of pain in the FMS trigger points inside my knees and hips. FMS no likee tempestuous weather. However, I am quite fond of a certain rather tempestuous, brooding, heroic warrior dwarf who can roar louder than the fiercest March wind and fight with the ferocity of a killer tornado. Oh, Thorin, you are my kind of stormy.
More fascinating tidbits from the latest Weta Workshop book, this time from Peter King, makeup and hair designer:
First impressions are often lasting . . . when you are designing a character for the screen it is vital you get their look absolutely right for the first shots in which they appear . . . so that we impart a message about the character we want them to understand instantly when he walks on screen. Consequently, we put a lot of thought into Thorin, and his arrival in the movie is built up by the other Dwarves as they await his arrival at Bag End.
There is an awe and a reverence that surrounds him. He is very strong and slightly scary, but also hypnotic and charismatic. Thorin is the leader, a king among his people and the Dwarf upon whose shoulders the future and hopes of his people rests.
I have to say that I was “wowed” by the first impression of Thorin when Gandalf opened that door to him. Charismatic? Absolutely. Hypnotic? Hmmmmm–was I saying . . . oh, yes. Definitely.
I was truly awed. (Not that I expected anything less than awesome with Mr. A involved.)
King discusses how Thorin’s look evolved:
We went through a number of iterations before we settled upon his final makeup, which consisted of a thin forehead and nose, wig and ear. Thorin’s nose was Romanesque, which imparted a sense of nobility. His wig was also composed entirely of human hair, without any yak, which was used to add body to some of the other dwarves. That allowed it to flow and move more romantically.
*sigh* Works for me, Mr. King. Works for me.
As for Thorin’s beard, King has this to say:
For the same reason, Thorin’s beard ended up clipped quite close to preserve his more refined appearance and to not hide the actor under a full face of hair. It was important for people to understand and relate to Thorin so we didn’t want to build a wall of hair in front of him that would impede that in any way.
Very wise decision, sir. That face is much too expressive to hide it all under heavy prosthetics and excess facial hair.
And here are some thoughts from Mr. Armitage himself:
Early on in the shaping of Thorin’s look, we had some quite extreme prosthetics and elaborate beard designs. I was very pleased with the effort, which was such a transformation. I looked like another being–older, and very much like a Dwarf. As the design began to change, with resculpting, reshaping and stripping back, I realized that is was a process we were going through, to find a point at which Thorin and the actor inside him were both visible. Of course, that feels like a great compliment, although Richard Taylor did tell me fairly near to the end of filming that they straightened my nose, which is apparently off-center . . . I didn’t know that!
Gosh, I thought his real nose was darned near perfect. Perfect in its imperfection. And truly noble.
And I do love that romantic hair . . . I think it’s time for my “Thorin: King Under the Hair” fanvid!
My job was to try and make the character of Thorin feel very real, despite the heavy makeup, working my facial muscles, making sure the wig moved like hair, without too much appearance of vanity, which Thorin has very little of. The biggest challenge was the prosthetic hands.
I think hands reveal so much about a character. They are sensitive little beings all of their own, and the enlargement with the silicone hands could quite restrictive. I wasn’t able to put my hands through my hair, or pick up anything with ease. Touching my face, or touching another character’s face in a tender moment, was always going to be difficult. Hands are also connected to the emotions. The clenched fist and the relaxed shaking fingers–these are things we had to learn to live without.
I found this fascinating in terms of our fascination with Richard Armitage’s own beautiful, expressive hands and how he has used them in past roles (as well as his endearing penchant for talking with his hands in interviews).
I can only imagine he did find it frustrating to be restricted in the use of those hands whilst playing Thorin. Richard strikes me as an actor who uses all the “weapons” in his acting arsenal, facial expressions, voice modulation, hair, body language and those amazingly expressive hands, to bring a character to life. The restrictions placed on him by the makeup and prosthetics proved just one more challenge for our gifted performer to take on–and triumph over!
When he speaks of “touching another character’s face in a tender moment” my stomach does flip-flops. Once again I envision the object of Thorin’s affection being gently, tenderly caressed, face cupped in his hands before a soft, beardy kiss. Sort of a Thornton moment for Thorin . . .
(I know, I know, Thorin doesn’t have a romantic interest in the book, it’s not canon, yadda yadda yadda–but a girl can dream, right?)
Something that I have wondered about is how the actors were able to wield their weapons as dwarfs so believably and effectively with those unwieldy prosthetic hands. And I found the answer within the pages of this book, too: dwarf mitts!
According to Jason Docherty, the special makeup and prosthetics supervisor for Weta, the use of fighting mitts was the answer:
“The silicone covered only the top, leaving the fingers, palm and bottom completely open, and thereby not inhibiting the grip of weapons at all–great for fight sequences but not for a close-up. For close-ups, we always used a full arm or full hand.”
Docherty also mentions how much time Thorin spent with his forearms exposed and so he often wore the full arm prosthetic. That included battle scenes, so there were “fighting forearms” lacking palms, too, for just such occasions. Hmmmmm, battling Thorin with bare forearms. Roaring, hair flying, eyes flashing. Works for me . . . *whimper* Can’t wait for some sneak peeks of him in full Bared Forearm Alpha Fighting Mode.
That being said, I really would like to see those hands on the big screen free of any silicone, being beautifully expressive. Oh, Black Sky, where art thou?
I was up in the wee hours working on some RL stuff in Photoshop (yes, something other than RA) and then never got going with much of anything today. FMS, some of Bechep’s doubt fairies, allergies, feeling dumpy and old, all conspired against me, I suppose. More work to do tonight, but at least I know where I am going with it. I think . . .
Someone else who dealt with self-doubt and feeling burdened is our own hero Thorin Oakenshield. I do love a hero to whom I can relate, and to an actor with whom I equally feel a certain kinsmanship, although I have no royal blood flowing through these veins.
Now, back to the salt mines . . .
Nimue kindly shared some of her HobbitCon experiences with us in the comment section of a previous post, and I enjoyed them so much, I felt they deserved a post of their own here on Thorin Thursday. It certainly sounds like it was a fabulous event for fans of the film and has whetted my appetite even more to see the next installment in December! Thanks again, Nimue, for sharing highlights of this fab experience with us here at TAE. I have used some of DarkJackal’s screencaps from the film and from the Best Buy doc to add some more Hobbit-y dwarfy goodness. 😀
I was at the HobbitCon -it really was such an amazing and unforgettable experience! I’m still over the moon! The actors were so nice and approachable-they mixed with the normal people, often sat amongst us in the audience during each other’s panels, listening and sometimes intervening ,-). It could happen that you found yourself next to one of them in the lift or at the breakfast buffet, which I found kind of surreal sometimes, but great nevertheless!
They even were at the parties and told us beforehand that we could ask them questions. Really and truly very fine guys- each and every one of them! In their behaviour to each other you could see and feel, that they are not only colleagues but have become close friends.
Most of the time they needn’t to be asked about Richard, but mentioned him on their own. And their great admiration, respect and friendship for him was so sincere and really palpable I sometimes was nearly moved to tears. You could virtually feel the waves of affection all over the place! Goosebumps moments! My impression was that Richard was especially close with Graham (who mentioned that he auditioned for the role of Thorin as well) – a true gentleman like Richard himself.
BTW- as to one of your quotes above, concerning the mail exchange between RA and Adam ( so funny and cute- the poor guy was kind of shaky at the opening ceremony)- Richard wrote that he couldn’t answer him right now, as he was “on top of a mountain” . Mount Everest/Machu Picchu – mountaineering or skiing ?
Anyway, we got such a great amount of information, I’m still processing! According to their behaviour and their tweets, all of the actors enjoyed the experience as well ( the Gameshow they did- ” Tossing the dwarves”- was a hoot, I think for them and the audience, we nearly died with laughter). They said they’d like to come back- maybe persuading Richard as well
I really grew very fond of (the actors). Liked them all before, but having met them in person is something completely different. The word “fellowship” comes to mind when you see them in each other’s company. It was e.g. really cute seeing Dean and Adam walking around the lobby, Dean having his arm over Adam’s shoulders. Sylvester McCoy also is one of a kind- very charming and extremely hilarious- I was in stitches. A bundle of energy like Jedi (Jed Brophy)- always on the go. He also is a very good-smelling wizard. I know now the eau de parfum he uses- and it is not ” Eau de dwarf” .
Graham said that Richard took great care that they all were very well looked after on set (enough time in the cooling tents etc.) like a good leader would. He told us about the rings they all had made- each one has a special, individual engraving and a picture on the inside to remind them of the bond they formed. At one point I even saw him wearing the ring. He said that in a way their role in the movie corresponded to their real-life position in the group- Adam being the “baby/youngster”, Richard the leader who inspired utter loyalty. etc.
There really were a lot of highlights. The boys seemingly all like dancing- I remember Adam doing some Beyonce dance moves and allegedly some (funny) dancing was sometimes going on behind the scenes on set as well Jed and Mark did some dancing on stage. For PJ’s birthday calendar, Aidan and Dean did the Tango together, with Aidan dipping Dean, who had a rose in his mouth. Sir Peter is said to keep the “naughty calendar” in his bathroom. The guys are all starting or ramping up their training again. Jed in particular is very athletic, always doing cartwheels, splits etc. Mark was full of praise for Richard’s fighting and riding skills.
When asked what was especially funny, they mentioned the barrel scene. They weren’t allowed to talk about it yet, but we are in for a treat when we can watch the behind-the-scenes special on one of the next DVDs. I wonder if it has got something to do with Richard’s fish throwing .
Probably we will also see more of the dwarven underwear in the next two films . “The Adam Thing” is also one of the mysteries that only will be solved when we’ll get to see the material for the next movie.
It was my first Con experience and I was surprised how lovely and kind of intimate the atmosphere was. I’ve been told by more experienced RingCon visitors, that the HobbitCon really was very special in that regard.
- Dwarf love for the Leader of the Company: Comments from HobbitCon (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Thorin, Thorin, Thorin: Dwarf on the Brain (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Peter Jackson Offers a Glimpse at ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (screencrave.com)
QUESTION: What was the greatest challenge for you to act in this film?
RICHARD ARMITAGE: I think the greatest challenge of taking on Thorin was to attempt to make such a physical transformation feel real. Our body shapes change. We wore a considerable amount of padding, huge boots and a facial prosthetic which at first was kind of limiting. It meant that you had to animate your own face more to make sure that the expression that you were feeling inside was being transported through the makeup. So that was a physical challenge. In terms of the character I think layering the character with this inner fear of driving sickness and madness and the horror of what happened in the mountain; but at the same time show his dwarves the face of a leader that was not afraid, that was something that fascinated me.
QUESTION: Had you been a fan of the books? Did you grow up reading the series?
RICHARD ARMITAGE: I read “The Hobbit” when I was 11 years old. Then when I was 13, I was in a stage production, a very local piece of theater with no money. Gollum was made of paper, I remember that very clearly. I was paid 15 pounds a week. But that led me on to read “The Lord of the Rings.” Then I watched the animated version, which was never finished, in the ’80s. I remember being very frustrated that it was never finished. Then, of course, Peter[Jackson]’s trilogy defined the entire cannon in Middle Earth and that was incredibly fulfilling. I went back to read Rings again after that.
QUESTION: Do you feel that there’s a certain sequence or scene that stands out as your favorite part of the film?
RICHARD ARMITAGE: From my viewing of it, or from my playing in it?
QUESTION: Let’s take it from your viewing.
RICHARD ARMITAGE: The sequence I found incredibly moving is the sequence at the end when the eagles pick up the injured party and take them to safety. I think all of the ordeals that this crew has gone through and the terrible dilemma that maybe their leader is dead is traumatic. There’s this incredibles oaring sequence of stillness. It feels like some kind of salvation; I was moved to tears when I saw that moment because it’s such a relief after such extreme circumstances.
In terms of what was the most important moment for me to film, I think my first time on location,which was being directed by Andy Serkis. I was helicoptered to the top of a mountain where there were no roads or no power cables. There was no sign of any human life there. There were just three of us dwarves with some food in a backpack. He did 360 degree helicopter shots all day. So we were left alone in character. I remember feeling absolutely immersed in the character. It’s in the prologue; I’m thrilled by that.
QUESTION: Would you describe yourself as a method actor?
RICHARD ARMITAGE: No I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t describe myself as a method actor. I think other people apply that label. I think I’m a concentrating actor. So in order to do my work in the course of a day, particularly with a character like this I have to concentrate. So it’s about staying in the scene, staying with my head in the scene and attempting to keep the character with me. It doesn’t mean I can’t have a conversation or go and make a cup of coffee. But I actually stay with the character for 18 months.
QUESTION: Other than your own character, who’s your favorite?
RICHARD ARMITAGE: I think my favorite character has to be Mr. Baggins. He’s the heart of the story. He’s the character that the audience fall in love with and follow on his journey. They fear for him, they hope for him. He’s endearing and hilarious to watch.
Oh, Richard, it’s not just Bilbo with whom audiences fell in love. Thorin has his own legion of admirers, too. Thank you for all you did to bring him to life for us. (HD screencaps courtesy of Heirs of Durin and DarkJackal–thanks!)
- Dwarf love for the Leader of the Company: Comments from HobbitCon (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- “I like it to be real” Richard’s Hobbit interview with Steven Samblis *UPDATED* (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
I never grow tired of reading or hearing Richard Armitage’s co-workers discussing what a good guy he is. I think it would be easy to be jealous of and snarky about someone like RA– so blo0dy tall and handsome, so charismatic and talented–and yet he seems to be universally well-liked because he is also truly kind, generous, modest and sweet, with no particular airs and graces. You’d pretty much have to be a troll–or an orc or goblin, methinks–NOT to like him.
(screencaps courtesy of Heirs of Durin unless otherwise noted; photo edits are my own)
Here’s what some of the actors who made up the dwarves in his Company in The Hobbit had to say about RA at HobbitCon in Bonn recently. Thank you, Herba and also Ali at Richard Armitage Net who shared additional quotes supplied to her via tweets. I confess shedding some tears as I read these words of praise for RA from the guys who spent two years training, rehearsing, filming and living alongside him.
I think under such circumstances you are bound to get to know something of the “real” person, and the “real” person named Richard Armitage is pretty special, indeed. *sigh* I have that sudden urge to hug his mother again, you know?
RA manfully (dwarfully?) striding forth as the leader of the Company during Dwarf Boot Camp prior to filming of TH.
“When we were done shooting & Richard left the set we’d just follow because he’s such the perfect leader” Jed Brophy
“How you imagine him to be is exactly how he is, wonderful, kind, and natural leader to our group” Graham
“Yes he was . The nicest human I have met” Jed Brophy
“Richard was one of my neighbours in New Zealand and we had often breakfast together. He is a generous person and we had to follow him. He totally nailed Thorin.” Jed Brophy
The lovely, caring, boyish Mr. Armitage peeks out of Thorin’s eyes and smile as he studies his mini-Lego doppelganger. Don’t think I will ever stop loving this photo.
“Richard is a sincere guy, really lovely and caring and the leader of the actors,like Thorin is the leader of the dwarves.” Graham MacTavish
Richard Armitage is a lovely guy. SOme weeks ago I mailed him a question and two minutes later he mailed back and said: ‘Sorry, I can’t answer at the moment but I’ll come back to you as fast as I can.” Adam Brown
“The amount of energy that Richard put in that role was amazing!” John Callen
Richard using some of that amazing energy in preparing for the role.
“Richard was really good at the fight training.” Mark Hadlow
“He sat in his fatsuit the wrong way round on a chair, one hand on the back of the chair, the other hand held on Orcrist like a walking stick and his head with Thorin’s long hair leant back. And you also see Dwalin’s hand with a blow-dryer.” Graham MacTavish (I love visualizing this description, frankly)
“Richard did a lot of homework (Tolkien related).” Adam Brown
This image is courtesy of the lovely Bechep at “Such is Life.” Thank you, my dear!
- Oakenshield: The Warrior Who Would Be King (NEW fanvid in HD!) (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- (Guest Post) How I Fell for a Hot, Hairy Dwarf & Never Looked Back: Part 1 (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- It’s Thorin Thursday! Part 2 of “How I Fell for a Hot, Hairy Dwarf . . .” (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
I told you I was going to objectify and stalk Thorin muhahahahahahahaha. Although I am not sure you can really do those things to fictional characters. Then again, they seem so REAL when Richard gets his beautiful and talented hands on them, if you know what I mean . . . anyhow, here’s a rather long but fast-paced and stirring fanvid celebrating the beautiful, stubborn, proud, fierce warrior and uncrowned King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield. I tried to condense down some of his best scenes from his days as a dwarf prince at Erebor to that final scene with the Company on the mountain peak. And I do love me some “Queen.” I hope you enjoy! Be sure and watch in HD to appreciate all the Thorin goodness.
(If you missed the first installment, https://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/guest-post-how-i-fell-for-a-hot-hairy-dwarf-never-looked-back-part-1/)
It’s Bechep! Welcome back dear readers to the next and final instalment of my guest post “How I Fell Hard for a Hot, Hairy Dwarf & Never Looked Back” If you missed last week’s post then I invite you to go back and have a read – even if you find the post uninteresting, there are some nice pictures!
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for some blatant dwarf love!
Part 2. Hot and Hairy Dwarf.
Warning: For those fans that disagree with the objectifying of Richard Armitage, please look away now. Do join us again in Part 3 as I’m afraid there is lots of worshipping and objectifying about to take place.
Now dear friends, let”s just start with a pretty picture.
If I begin to talk nonsense or babble incoherently, please feel free to throw a bucket of cold water over me.
Right, let’s get started discussing this hot and hairy dwarf. Well, where to start? Let’s just take it from the top shall we?
The Hair – And yes I use a capital letter for the Hair because it deserves it don’t you think? I want to wash it, braid it and then wind said braids around my finger, grab handfuls of it, smell it, run my fingers through it and brush it. It is like something out of a shampoo commercial. The way he flicks it around in such an outstanding fashion and it all falls back into place just so – *sigh*
Hair acting at its finest.
Younger Thorin with his shorter, darker mane is positively dreamy. But I can’t help being ever so fond of the longer, thicker, slightly greying locks. They just make him look so regal and worldly. I just want to brush them away from his face and…*cough* let’s get back to it, shall we?
The eyes – OHHHHHHH the eyes. Richard’s eyes are quite honestly the most amazing, mesmerising eyes I have ever seen. Their colour makes me gasp and their intensity makes me swoon. Put these eyes onto a hot dwarf and Cha-Ching! You have got yourself a winner. Imagine if you will, staring into them while he talks with you about his quest to return to Erebor, well I don’t know about you–but I just melt into a puddle.
I cannot move on without just mentioning the eyelashes. The way he flutters them at all manner of hobbits, wizards, dwarves, elves – no wonder Lord Elrond returned Orcrist the sword to him. I’d quite frankly give him anything he wanted if he batted those eyelashes at me.
See what I mean?
The Beard – Again I use a capital letter. I have seen many pictures of Richard as himself sporting this beard and, although not normally a fan of beards, I will confess that I love it. Thorin’s beard is quite simply a thing of beauty. It’s sitting there all “look at me” and well, I comply and look at it! It adds to the whole majestic, royal, yummy, scrummy vision that is Thorin Oakenshield. And no matter what sticky situation he has managed to get himself into, it always looks so well-groomed – how does he do it? Oh, well you see, he’s perfect. Ohhh I just want to graze my hand along it and have it tickle my face… Ummm, perhaps you should get that bucket of cold water ready, dear readers.
The voice– I don’t really think I need say too much about the voice as I’m sure you are completely aware of Richard’s voice. It’s one of his most wonderful and appealing features. That deep baritone and lovely accent. I would be quite happy to sit down and listen to him read the Phone Book with that voice.
But back to Thorin. The way he barks orders at everyone, speaks kindly to an old warrior, utters the name of the elves in disgust, apologises for his doubt to a hobbit, it really has me swooning. Of course, one cannot talk about Thorin’s voice without mentioning the singing – I believe I actually hyperventilated right there in the cinema when he starting singing by the fireplace. *THUD*
Hmmmm it must be time for another pretty picture – one that shows off the beard I think…
I realise that I am running out of time here (I do tend to waffle so when talking about Thorin Oakenshield) so I will just make a general final list of all the other things that made me fall for this hot dwarf:
- His divine lips that curl in contempt, smirk with arrogance or smile in pleasure.
- His coat pelt that just begs me to run my fingers through it or wrap it around me (or both at the same time)
- His sword, belt, ring axe and shield – all add to the majestic vision of the King Under The Mountain. And the way he wields that sword…*ahem*
- His attitude has me all in a tizzy. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing quite like a bit of a bad boy with an attitude to match. He’s so damn arrogant, haughty and domineering – and I can’t get enough of it! Of course he can also be humble and kind when he thinks no-one is looking.
So, there you have it. Some of the reasons why I “fell hard for a hot, hairy dwarf”. And as I wipe the drool from my chin we shall sum up with-
Part 3 Never Look Back
As I move forward as a new Richard Armitage fan and Thorin Oakenshield admirer I’m quite excited to think of all the things that I can still look forward to. I will continue to have all those experiences that I mentioned in Part One last week (yes dear reader, I may still get those underpants!) and many new ones too I’m sure.
Of course there are the other two movies to look forward to, but I can’t wait to meet more new people (Richard Armitage fans are really the best ever!), learn, tweet, blog, talk and read about Richard/Thorin, I still have many TV shows to watch that star our boy from Leicester, and I’m very, very quietly going to whisper to you that I may even try writing a Thorin fanfic.
So, that hot, hairy dwarf started a chain of events that has led me to a wonderful, educational, exciting, busy time in my life. I wonder if I thank him will he look at me like this and say in that deep voice “You are welcome, Lady0akenshield” (QUICK get that bucket of water and throw it on me now! *THUD*)
And now as I dry myself off – that water went everywhere! – all that remains is for me to bid you farewell. I hope you have enjoyed reading my ramblings about Thorin Oakenshield and I managed to make you smile and, if you weren’t already a fan of our dwarf, see some of his outstanding qualities.
And to you Angie, thank you so very much for having me on your Blog. I was honoured that you asked me. Now, I have tidied up, put everything back in its place and left the key by the door. I may just leave a small belonging behind, perhaps up on a shelf so I have an excuse to come and visit again. I won’t stay long I promise!
Visit Bechep’s blog “Such is Life” at http://www.bechep.wordpress.com
- (Guest Post) How I Fell for a Hot, Hairy Dwarf & Never Looked Back: Part 1 (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- Thorin The Bad-Ass from Erebor: First Look at DOS (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)
- ‘Hobbit’ star Richard Armitage hopes film will stand ‘test of time’ (herocomplex.latimes.com)
The majestic warrior prince who guided his people to a new home after a devastating attack; now seeking to reclaim his homeland. We’d follow Thorin Oakenshield anywhere. And provide him with plenty of TLC.
Savvy, smart, rescourceful sergeant who kicks arse and takes the time to be tender. We’d want John Porter to come and rescue us if we ended up in a terrible jam. Or let us give a nice soothing massage . . . to all those big, buff knotted muscles.
Sir Guy, the beautiful, complex henchman who smoulders like nobody’s business and puts his own life on the line to protect and save the woman he loves . . . too bad she never appreciated him properly (not even after he returned to Nottingham to fight and die by her side if necessary). We would have done better!
Lucas, cool, enigmatic and sexy spy, haunted by the torture and deprivation of years in Russian prison but still loyal to his country (don’t believe everything certain writers dish out). We’d love to help him move past the pain.
Another engimatic character, black leather-clad rebel 6os biker, Geordie Ricky Deeming, who knows how to make our motors race. We’d like to hop on the back of his bike for a spin . . .
The handsome, hard working Victorian mill owner who seeks to improve himself and discovers a foolish passion for a certain demure young lady. We’d have made up our minds about you much sooner, John Thornton. What a catch!
John Strandring, shy Yorkshire farmer with a heart of gold, a gentle giant. No wonder we call him Sweetie John. Beautiful inside and out, our John is faithful and steadfast. We long to make him feel loved and appreciated . . .
He’s proud and sometimes haughty, but he can also show humility. His temper is sharp, but there is a soft spot in his heart for those close to him. Often stern and forbidding, when he is able to let his guard down a little, a gentler side shows. And the smiles, rare though they may be, are just incredible. Perhaps all the more incredible because of that rarity.
And then there is Richard himself. Modest, gentle, with that sweet humility. Pretty hard not to love.
Today it’s Thorin Thursday and we have a guest post by one of our regular blog commenters from Down Under (who is also a new blogger and new RA fan, courtesy of one gorgeous dwarf we all know and love) . . . I love her enthusiasm for our dear Richard and his characters.
I suppose I should start by introducing myself. I’m Bec Hepworth – many of you may know me as Bechep from blogs or @lady0akenshield on Twitter. Angie has kindly (and bravely) asked me to do a bit of a guest post on her wonderful blog for Thorin Thursday. Just so we are clear, I love Thorin Oakenshield. I’m talking totally and, to use a Richard-ism, pants-droppingly obsessed *ahem* by Thorin Oakenshield. I’m a little nervous and oh so slightly excited to talk about my favourite subject – I may begin to waffle, please just bear with me!
When Angie approached me here was the outline: “How I Fell Hard for a Hot, Hairy Dwarf & Never Looked Back”
After a little giggle, I decided that I would break down that statement into three parts.
- How I fell hard,
- Hot and hairy (and oh how I’m looking forward to writing about that!) and
- Never looking back.
So, get yourself a mug of mead/tea/coffee/wine/ other refreshment and let us begin…
Part 1: How I Fell Hard
It was in fact, to coin a phrase, An Unexpected Journey. There I was, just cruising along with my little life- young children, husband, part-time job as a primary school teacher, family, friends, mortgage-you get the idea, nothing really taking up too much time or brain space and nothing out of the ordinary going on.
I went to the cinema on Boxing Day to see The Hobbit on its opening night (it opens later in Australia – I don’t know why and don’t get me started…) I’m an avid Tolkien fan and was very excited to see the movie having thoroughly enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was lining up ready to go in. I looked up and saw this giant poster :
and there…in the middle…Thorin Oakenshield. I remember thinking “Oooh he’s very nice” and continued to stare at it until we went in. I won’t bore you with my various reactions to the movie – oh, that glorious moment he arrives at Bag End… *stares off into the distance…*
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. So we will Skip forward roughly three hours…
I floated out of the cinema in a complete and utter state of euphoria. I was totally and utterly smitten. I rushed home to get on the internet and find out who this amazing, delicious, gorgeous actor was. (sorry people who came to the movie with me, no coffee and Christmas Day left over goodies for you! Safe trip home, there’s the door.)
The next few days – which turned into weeks were spent finding out all I could about Richard Armitage.
The Armitage Effect was one of the first places I found when I Googled his name. I loved that I could find like-minded people talking about and worshipping this incredible actor. When I finally plucked up the courage to leave a comment back on the 2nd January (Post: “We all need an Armitage Hero” – I still remember!) Angie and the other fans were very welcoming and it was so great to actually communicate with other people about my new passion and not feel silly or judged.
Pause with me a moment, won’t you? as we just gaze at the majesty.
So I ordered all three series of Robin Hood. And began having Sir Guy marathons of 3-4 episodes a night (oh, to have all-night marathons with Sir Guy…whoops did I just say that out loud!?). I believe my Long Suffering Husband ‘s comment was “all this because you saw The Hobbit?” Yes my dear, seeing The Hobbit is PRECISELY why all this!
Even grumpy, the dwarf is a dream!
And so it began. Since I plucked up the courage to write that first little comment, I have experienced all sorts of incredible and wonderful things: meeting amazing, funny, very special people, Reading Blogs, Writing a Blog ( a very insignificant and amateur one over on Word Press), Twitter, You Tube clips, Fan Fiction, Watching all the Richard Armitage TV shows I can get my hands on (Oh Lucas, you are so dreamy…), buying Thorin-related products (I did draw the line at Thorin Oakenshield underpants but for a moment there, dear readers, I did consider it), getting pictures on my phone so I could have sneaky peeks at work, learning new verbs like Richarding and Thorinized (one of yours, Angie, I believe?), the list goes on.
I could go into detail about all these experiences but I can see Angie nervously checking her watch – I suspect she thinks I may be one of those visitors who, once arrived, digs their heels in, spreads their belongings around the place and doesn’t show any signs of leaving, so I shall stop here momentarily.
Lets all collect ourselves, stand up, stretch and leave it there for now. I think we could all do with a little break before embarking on the Hot and Hairy part of this post.
See you back here next Thorin Thursday as we delight in his lusciousness and majestic-ness (yes it’s a word). Farewell dear readers until next week…
Oh, and here’s another pretty picture. Just to keep you going until then.