Thorin and His Buddies, 9/01/11 (post #8; slight edit 9/04/11)

Dear Friends,

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.”

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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9 Responses to Thorin and His Buddies, 9/01/11 (post #8; slight edit 9/04/11)

  1. GratianaDS90 says:

    This is a test comment to see if making a comment on this blog post #8 will keep it from “vanishing” again. I doubt it. But, I have to have some small silver thread of hope with regard to WordPress eventually getting the glitches fixed. Argh!

    Best wishes, GratianaDS90

    P. S. And it seems when post #8 here can be viewed, then post #7 can also be viewed. There is definitely a gremlin in their software.


  2. GratianaDS90 says:

    I posted Chapters 1 – 6 of my fan fiction “Thorin’s Hope” on Dreamer Fiction yesterday and today. More to follow–when I get it written. Ha! Enjoy!

    Cheers! Gratiana ;->


  3. kathryngaul says:

    Hi Gratiana,
    So…do you have alink to your story, please? I’d love to read it.
    I also love the poem you wrote for your husband and what I’ve read so far on “Love……”
    Best regards,



  4. kathryngaul says:

    Sorry…..that should have been “a link”


  5. GratianaDS90 says:

    Hi Kathryn,
    Thanks for your nice note! You’re very kind.

    Despite my blog posts vanishing and me having to rebuild them–then both versions appearing, ha!–people seem to be finding and reading my blog.

    My “Thorin’s Hope” story is on Dreamer Fiction–a private writers’ site. So, I don’t have a link for you. I seem to be proliferating logins and passwords at the moment, so I haven’t looked into Wattpad yet–which is a public site. I probably will eventually.

    But until then, I was pondering posting Ch. 1 (and my author’s note in Ch. zero) to this blog sometime this week–possibly on “Thorin Thursday”. Ha! I could then post the subsequent chapters on successive Thursdays. That would have my blog calendar covered for the next six Thursdays. Yea! Because once one starts blogging–and moderating discussions on my other site–then you have to come up with something original every day. Yikes!

    Thanks for asking! Cheers! Gratiana ;->


  6. bccmee says:

    Now I’m even more interested in reading The Hobbit! It’s always fun to read your thoughts, GratianaDS90!


    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi BccMee!
      Thanks for commenting! I’m glad you found my more complete blog version–that I’ve labeled with an (A) so that I know it’s the right blog, too. Ha! It’s been a trial figuring out the vanishing posts problem on WordPress. But, I think I’ve got the problem almost solved–fingers crossed. I look forward to reading your blog, too.
      Cheers! Gratiana ;->


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  8. Dear Readers,
    Here is the link to the first installment of my fan fiction, “Thorin’s Hope”:

    “Thorin’s Hope has 9 chapters and is complete as serialized on my blog. You will find the link for the next chapter below the image references or in the comment section of each chapter. Chapter 9 contains all of the previous chapter links.

    I have also put a link to Chapter 9 in my sidebar under Gratiana’s Story Links.

    Enjoy and Cheers! Grati ;->


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