Is it just me, or does “The Hobbit” seem like the ultimate buddies movie? With Richard Armitage portraying the ring leader Thorin Oakenshield–and looking magnificent doing so I might add!–the film is in very capable hands.
We have thirteen dwarves, a Hobbit named Bilbo (a most unfortunate name if you get your consonants mixed up, Ha!), Gandalf the wizard, some assorted elves, and nary a woman–dwarf or otherwise–in the bunch (Thorin and dwarf composite pictures courtesy of RANet):
It causes me to wonder where Tolkien thought these buddies all sprang from? Ha! However to his credit, The Hobbit director and co writer, Sir Peter Jackson, is trying mightily to insert some estrogen into the mix–Galadriel to be played by Cate Blanchett is back again and a new elf, Tauriel to be played by Evangeline Lily. Maybe Tauriel is that “elven glamour model” who supposedly caught Thorin’s eye as per a recent online article “The Men Behind the Make up: The Dwarves Of The Hobbit”:
But really, don’t these dwarf men need wives, sweethearts, mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends in their lives? Or, what are they questing and fighting dragons for? Hey, I’m just putting it out there as a question to ponder. This is one reason why I’ve continued writing my “Thorin’s Hope” fan fiction that I hope to post on Dreamer Fiction soon–when I can figure out the technology to do so. I have an email into Hedgey about that.
I “host” a tiny RA discussion group over on Facebook and today is what we call “Thorin Thursday”–I know, its precious, but we like it. So, here is my discussion suggestion to them that you are free to respond to or not. Until I get my story uploaded, shall we share out thoughts about guys/gals–in particular, but not limited to, Thorin–and their buddies? And what about our own buddies? Gal friends–among whom I count my RA friends for myself. What is the pull of friendship that drives us, men, dwarves onward? Ha!
Your thoughts? Cheers! Gratiana ;->
P.S. Thorin as portrayed by Richard Armitage looks magnificent in the close up and in the buddies shot above, as well as in other Hobbit pictures recently released. BccMeeallowed me to include her wonderful Thorin wallpaper that she created in my recent “Time of My Life” Video (post # 5 that keeps vanishing). I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing her amazing graphic with you again now:
P. S. Here’s an excerpt of what Empire says about Thorin and his “feelings” about women:
“The story goes that he got his name when he marched to face a goblin army at the age of just 53, and – his shield broken – defended himself with a tree branch. So he’s resourceful and more determined than your average, which is no bad thing for a leader on an impossible quest. Still, there is that embarrassing moment where he falls victim to an elven glamour model, so he’s not as impervious as he might like to think. Next to Bilbo, he’s probably the most complex and interesting character in the entire book.”