New Thorin Oakenshield Portraits of Richard Armitage Dazzle in EW Hobbit Article Leading up to Comic Con! 7/05/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #223)

There has been a lot of wonderful news this week about The Hobbit filming and Thorin Oakenshield (portrayed by Richard Armitage)–and resulting posts by other bloggers, tumblrs, and twitters about it.  What follows is my compendium of sorts of ten of these items just to have them handy for my benefit and yours.  Enjoy!

1)      Thanks to Entertainment Weekly of July 2, 2012 for providing us with more and new The Hobbit character portrait images.  They are stunning!  Here is the link for the online version of the Entertainment Weekly article about The Hobbit and found at,,20483133_20608420,00.html.

While thanks go to Middle Earth News that posted and shared the cover of the printed issue of the EW magazine [right] at

2)      And thanks to Jas Rangoon–the “Me, My Thoughts, and Richard Armitage” blogger–who received her EW issue in the mail and scanned it in [article image at right] and posted it for everyone on Tuesday, July 3rd: [Coda:  And I see that DarkJackal32 also has big scans of the article on her “Heirs of Durin” web site.]

3)      The new Thorin (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) portrait is the tenth image in the Entertainment Weekly article’s series of Hobbit portraits and found at,,20483133_20608420,00.html#21179608

4)      Thanks to Bccmee for her snag of the new Thorin Portrait with the Entertainment Weekly watermark [left] for image referencing and also shared on her blog bccmee’s Richard Armitage Vids & Graphics on July 3rd:

5)       Thanks also to Heath Dances for her snag of the Thorin portrait and her removal the EW watermark for easier graphic manip [right]:

Both of these images are provided here because:
a)       You can never have too much Thorin.
b)      Having both images  gives we graphics dabblers (like myself) options.
c)       And since Thorin is so nice, we have to see him thrice.   Here is Fedoralady’s lovely interpretation of the new Thorin portrait in sepia tone [right] on her July 4th post on her blog “The Armitage Effect”.

6)      And Daria GiztheGunslinger shared a lovely collage of the EW Hobbit images on her tumblr.  Follow the hyperlink to see all of those images.  Below is the first image in that collage:

7)      And for me, RANet ( [logo below] is my go to source for all things Richard Armitage.  And the RANet Admin–a wonder woman named Ali–is especially thorough with gathering and including as much of The Hobbit news and resources as she can.  Among many other Hobbit and Richard Armitage news items this week, she collected all ten of the new EW Hobbit pictures are in page 2 of the RANet Hobbit Gallery.  Thanks!

At right is a fierce new close up portrait of Richard Armitage as a young Thorin Oakenshield–shared on RANet from the EW ipad article version–that shows Thorin (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) to be a  Lion in Summer, not in Winter. I first coined this phrase last Summer in a comment on one of Sir Peter Jackson’s Facebook posts–and with The Hobbit release looking on the horizon, I imagine that I will get more use out of it.   Ha!  And I must point out that this portrait seems to be one with Richard Armitage’s actual aquiline roman nose, rather than the more enhanced Thorin nose version that we see later in filming for Thorin images.  So might these younger looking poses of Thorin be from flashback sequences to Thorin’s youth–that I am only speculating might be in The Hobbit–when the chain of events that serve as a catalyst for Thorin’s quest in The Hobbit was set in motion?  Hmmmm.

8)      Pondering what the young Thorin had to endure, Mulubinba shares on her blog July 1 a reaction to Richard Armitage’s quote that he felt that Thorin was “paranoid”.   Mulubinba weaves elements of Thorin’s background to help illuminate the answer for us all.

9)      Here also is a lovely new Thorin wallpaper by Angelfish [right] showing one of the new Thorin images in miniature–just above the sword Orchrist’s hilt–and also shared on RANet (

10)   And the piece de resistance is Bccmee’s exquisitely stunning Thorin Oakenshield and Orchrist Wallpaper (below) that she shared on Tuesday, July 3rd on her blog “Bccmee’s Richard Armitage Vids and Graphics” with a fascinating annotation as to how she created the image that is found at and Bccmee also shared her Thorin wallpaper on RANet:

P.S.  I will stop with ten items–although, they are subdivided into more parts.  Ha!  There may be other posts and graphics and such that I come across after I build this post.  So, I will try to include them in an upcoming Thorin Thursday post on a future Thursday.
Cheers!  Grati

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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10 Responses to New Thorin Oakenshield Portraits of Richard Armitage Dazzle in EW Hobbit Article Leading up to Comic Con! 7/05/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #223)

  1. april73 says:

    Great news, wonderfuls pics… what can we ask more, lol ?


    • Hi April,
      I agree! And I love the graphics that the cappers and designers have created and made available for us to enjoy. Now we wait to see and hear the man himself–Richard Armitage who portrays Thorin Oakenshield–at Comic Con.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. How wonderful to have in all in one place, Grati! It’s amazing how a few new pictures can spark such creativity. I can’t wait for the movie to come out. One thing is for sure. ‘Dwarf’ has never been so sexy ;)


  3. bccmee says:

    These are some great resources! It’s lovely to see them all at once to make them easier to find. Thanks for the service and I appreciate you featuring my wallpaper!


  4. Update: RANet shared links to The Hobbit film release dates:


    Obviously, later film release dates–such as Dec. 26th for the UK and Australia–are disappointing to those fans. I don’t blame them. Perhaps they might hope that the lateness will be compensated by getting to see some of the stars in person on the red carpet?

    2) And another link:

    focuses specifically on the UK film release date. But this web site conspicuously leaves Richard Armitage out of the list of stars. Richard Armitage portrays Thorin Oakenshield–2nd or 3rd Lead Actor in The Hobbit. You wouldn’t have a plot without without Thorin’s quest. Is someone not paying attention to proof reading their web site copy? I submitted a “contact us” message to them pointing out their omission. We’ll see if Richard Armitage’s name gets added to the list of stars.


    • Alright! Power to the little people–me! now lists Richard Armitage third in the starring cast list (when they had omitted him earlier). And they have a link on his name for more information about him. Snap!

      Here is the email I received from just now:
      Hi Gratiana,
      Thanks very much for the information. Well spotted.
      Thanks again, Team


    • After I pointed out to yesterday that they had left off Richard Armitage from the cast list, they added him. But the link they gave to his career work stopped at 2004’s North & South. So I gave them the info for Robin Hood, Spooks, and Strike Back with a link to the RANet career pate.

      Kudos to the hard working–and responsive–web staffers over at They have now updated and expanded Richard Armitage’s profile to the following (–Snap!:

      Richard Armitage
      Date of Birth:
      22 August 1971, Leicester, England, UK

      Birth Name:
      Richard Crispin Armitage

      6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

      Mini Biography:
      Richard Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year’s Love (1999), but it was Sparkhouse (2002) (TV) that gave him a break-through role as the charming but a bit odd character of John Standring opposite Sarah Smart. After two guest-roles in Cold Feet (1997) in 2003 and Between the Sheets (2003), he landed a role as Steven in Frozen (2005/I), which eventually led him to play the lead role in the big hit BBC drama North & South (2004). More recent TV roles include Sir Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood (2006-2009), Lucas North in Spooks (2008-2010) and John Porter in Strike Back (2010). His next big screen role will be as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again Other than appearing on screen, he has also appeared on stage – in, for example, Macbeth and Hamlet


  5. ‎7/05/12–Hobbit Filming wraps per Sir PJ on his Facebook page:

    “We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!
    Cheers, Peter J”


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