Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Picked by Next to Become “The Hobbit” films’ Superstar, 4/04/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #160)

The talented British Actor Richard Crispin Armitage [(1) right]–RA–has legions of devoted fans world wide.  And he comes by them honestly–through his masterful storytelling as an actor and filmmaker, his gentlemanly persona in interviews, and his support of various charitable causes.  But if you’re new to Richard Armitage and you need to get up to speed on him, please visit  RANet’s [(2)] wonderful and well organized resources about his artistic projects at and in general on their web site at

The man–Richard Armitage–is a veritable cottage industry of artistic projects his work is so prolific and varied: acting in successful tv series and films, documentary narrations, audio books, poetry readings [(3)], and as a commercial/advert voice over artist [(4)], etc.  Afterall , RA was also the stirring voice of the British Olympics commercials.  Oh and don’t forget, that he also hopes to produce a film about his name sake, Richard III [(5)].  So, he might even add writing, producing, and directing to his credits.

And now, Mr. Armitage is currently filming the pivotal lead role of Thorin Oakenshield [(6) right] in “The Hobbit” films:  “An Unexpected Journey”, to be released in 2012; and “There and Back Again” to be released in 2013.  These films–taking over two years to film–will be a juggernaut in bringing the epic Tolkien book “The Hobbit” to life.

Larry D. Curtis of Next [(7) quotes and image below] posed the question “Who will be the breakout star of ‘The Hobbit’?” in his article online yesterday.

Here is an excerpt of what Mr. Curtis wrote quoted below for you:

“Richard Armitage

This guy has fans and they’re extremely devoted, but he isn’t in the minds of the general public — yet. The “Captain America” star is rich with talent and his role as emotionally tortured dwarf Thorin Oakenshield will let him showcase his abilities.

Thorin is complex and conflicted, will have his fare share of screen time and will also be the most heroic dwarf in Bilbo’s company. And, as we already know from the films’ single trailer, he gets to use his trademark baritone voice.”

After assessing several of the other cast members general strengths and appeal in his article, Mr. Curtis gave his answer as to who he thinks will become a superstar:   Richard Armitage

“The Winner

Ultimately, being in these films is a career win for all of these guys. Others will benefit as well, but this group stands the best chance of reaping the biggest benefits from their work. They can also kiss privacy goodbye and can start planning, if they choose, convention appearances for the next 30 years.

In terms of skyrocketing career moves, Armitage will be the ultimate winner. Thorin will be a more important part of this film than many realize and the Shakespearian tragedy elements, with his talent and good looks, make this a perfect situation for him. Still, the rest of the group can console itself knowing they all will enjoy a pile of dragon’s gold, fame and buzz.”

But, I urge you to visit the Next website and read Mr. Curtis’ full article [(6)] at    They also provide  some helpful resource links to Hobbit related sites as well.   Enjoy!

I sincerely hope Mr. Curtis’ assessment is correct and that the international filmmaking community does acknowledge Richard Armitage’s extraordinary artistic talent through his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” films.  Mr. Armitage so immerses himself in his character portrayals that he becomes that person.  His authentic acting style is so realistic that he transports his audiences to other worlds, cultures, time periods, and emotions.   Superstardom beckoning for Richard Armitage will surely bring him a wealth of other prestigious artistic projects to select from for his future acting gigs.  And as one fan of Mr. Armitage’s storytelling gifts, I can’t wait to see him as Thorin and in his future roles.


(1)  Richard Armitage attending the NYC premiere of his film Captain America:  First Avengers–where he portrayed the villain Heinz Kruger–was found at

(2)   RANet is my abbreviation for ; RANet’s career resources in terms of an artistic cv can be found at

(3)  I was so moved by Richard Armitage’s poetry readings that I selected three poems that he voiced for my 9/11 Tenth Memorial Video found at

(4)  One of my favorites of Richard Armitage’s commercials(or adverts as the Brits say) is for Pilsner Urquell beer.  This video is remarkable for its stunning visuals–as well as Mr. Armitage’s velvety baritone voice–and is found at

(5)  In January 2012, I featured the work of the King Richard Armitage project–a group of Richard Armitage fans who support his artistic vision in hoping to create a new film about King Richard III.  My essay link with links to their resources is found at

(6)  “World’s Tallest Dwarf” portrait of Richard Armitage from the Project Magazine photo shoot was found at;  the accompanying article is found at

(7)  Curtis, Larry D. (April 3, 2012). “Who will be the breakout star of ‘The Hobbit’?” article was found at; the portrait image of Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield used in that article was courtesy of Warner Bros., the studio producing “The Hobbit” films.

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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8 Responses to Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Picked by Next to Become “The Hobbit” films’ Superstar, 4/04/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #160)

  1. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati,
    Very interesting article. I really want that Mr. Curtis’ is right and his predictions come true.
    I hope Mr. A can make good choices after The Hobbit, to show all his qualities and versatile talent, so great directors will want to work with him.
    I can’t help but feel a little afraid that Hollywood change RA in some way. Or don’t let him to develop all his potential. Or disappoint him. Fingers crossed to everything goes well to our dear!


    • Good morning, Fabi,
      Yes, we Richard Armitage fans wish all good things to come his way. His artistic talent deserves to be shared with everyone. I also hope that esteemed directors propose prestigious future artistic projects to Mr. Armitage.

      Based on Richard Armitage’s past responses to his fame in England, I have to think that Mr. Armitage will weather the storm of publicity and attention–that will come his way from his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield–with poise and grace. Afterall, he is a full grown man. Oh yeah! And his maturity in receiving this coming Hobbit fame now–and not as a twenty something–will no doubt temper his response to it.

      Richard Armitage is cool, calm, and collected in his previous media interviews–with a bit of a wry sense of humor that we see peeking through sometimes. His “Come on over and find out. Ha ha ha! That’s my chat up line.” about his Lucas North character’s tattoos–that he mentioned in the Lorraine interview of September 17, 2010–reflects a man who can also laugh at himself.

      This next year is going to be even more amazing for Richard Armitage as he is thrust upon the world’s artistic stage with his portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield. And it will be fun to sit back and watch it all unfold.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. bccmee says:

    I’m glad the reviewer mentions RA’s baritone. ♥ Someone who looks AND sounds so lovely is sure to be a hit once he’s “discovered.”


    • I agree, Bccmee!
      Of course, “we” (his current fans) have already discovered and appreciate Richard Armitage and his amazing talent. It is just now up to the rest of the planet to catch up to speed. Ha!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. phylly3 says:

    Very good article Grati! I was also very pleased to read Mr. Curtis’s article. Yes, we are a devoted bunch aren’t we? ;)


    • Hi Phylly3,
      Thanks for your nice note. Mr. Curtis’ article was very positive about Richard Armitage’s acting talent. Naturally, “we”–RA’s faithful and admiring fans–are ahead of the curve on that assessment. Ha!
      Have a great weekend! Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. mersguy says:

    Richard can always find work in voiceover’s for commercials, if the acting ever dries up! (yeah right) The Pilsner Urquell beer is also one of my faves.
    As from December 2012 we are going to have to share Richard with a new legion of fans, not sure how I feel about this, my Armitage protection mode is kicking in!


    • Hi Mersguy,
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Richard Armitage’s star is going stratospheric come December 2012. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer and more talented guy.

      And as with many public figures, I’m guessing that he’ll have “handlers” to help buffer him from the enormous attention that he’ll receive. And to think, we admired him BCE–Before the Coming eRA (of RA superstardom). Ha!

      And as I’ve written before, Mr. Armitage is a grown man–of 40.5 years and counting! Ha!–who will no doubt weather the media frenzy surrounding “The Hobbit” films with his usual poise and grace. Richard Armitage is facing his new super stardom as a mature man–not as a twenty something still sowing his wild oats of excesses. A gentleman Mr. Armitage is now, and a gentleman he will remain. And yes, my thinking that Richard Armitage is a gentleman is “my perception” based on his interview persona and favorable comments about him from costars and directors in interviews. RA seems like a very nice bloke

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. And I mean no disrespect to those twenty somethings who behave badly, but would you really want your great grandmother to know what you’re up to? Ha! Okay, I’ll take my “Aunt Grati” hat off. Ha!


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