Fans of Richard Armitage are eagerly anticipating his debut on the world’s artistic stage as Thorin Oakenshield [(1) right] in Sir Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films–“An Unexpected Journey” (to be released in 2012) and “There and Back Again” (to be released in 2013).
As I “troll” around the web looking for “The Hobbit” book and films resources, one blog site continues to strike me as having wonderfully insightful commentary and resources–that of Mulubinba’s “An RA Viewer’s Perspective of ‘The Hobbit’ Moves from 33degrees S of the Equator … aka ‘The Other Side of the Planet”. Her web blog focusing exclusively on “The Hobbit” [(2) right], and I encourage you to peruse her essays. You’ll be glad that you did. I have her blog link listed in my “Hobbit/Richard Armitage: Writings About it” section. One of her recent essays (from 1/14/12) caught my eye. It is about the recent MTV interview that Richard Armitage gave about his role as Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”. Mulubinba summarized the interview and her interpretations of it far better than I could. So I provide the link for you to visit her blog and read this essay for yourself:
And it wouldn’t be Thorin Thursday if we didn’t get to watch Thorin and his buddies in action--especially them singing the stirring Misty Mountain cold song. So here is “The Hobbit” movie announcement trailer again for you to enjoy [(3) below, courtesy of bccmee2]:
And to close today’s post, I want to draw your attention to Empire Online [(4ab) below] that gave a detailed analysis–11 sections!–of “The Hobbit” movie announcement trailer. In particular, they praised Richard Armitage (portraying Thorin Oakenshield) for solidly anchoring what looks to be a fantastical and riveting film experience:
“Thorin and company singing the Misty Mountain Cold song impresses listeners with the solemnity and reverence of their tone. To quote Empire online: Led by Thorin (Richard Armitage), and seated in Bag End, the dwarfs sing of the loss of their homeland, each slowly standing. It is set against a grave montage of faces, the mood switching in a trice from comic to epic with a tincture of melancholy. The lyrics are taken directly from Tolkien, and where we might have feared The Hobbit’s propensity for song might trigger sniggers now feels like a strength. Carried by Armitage’s impressive basso, the trailer shifts up a gear, and a sense of the scope Peter Jackson intends for his two films becomes clear. We are back in Middle-earth in a big way.”
References (not elsewhere specified)
(1) Image of Thorin Oakenshield (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in “The Hobbit” Announcement movie trailed and capped by RANet was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/HobbitTrailer/album/slides/HobbitTrailer24.html
(2) “The Hobbit” logo was found at TORN (www.theonering.net).
(3) “The Hobbit Film Trailer 20 December 2011” movie announcement trailer, video courtesy of bccmee2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuuZWsY3s8c&feature=player_embedded
(4) Empire Online review–and picture–of Richard Armitage and Dwarfs singing the Misty Mountain song in “The Hobbit” movie announcement trailer was found at http://www.empireonline.com/features/the-hobbit-teaser-trailer-breakdown/p4