More Hobbit News than Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Can Shake his Orcrist At, 7/12/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #229rev)

Folks, I have to say it–and coming from the colloquial Midwest in the U.S., I will–there is more Hobbit News this week than Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield can shake his Orcrist at [(1) right].

There is only one word for “The Hobbit” movies that are coming up in December 2012 and 2013:  Mega-Blockbusters!  It’s hyphenated.  Don’t quibble with me.  Ha!  Not only does the first movie–“The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”–look visually stunning based on the December 2011 movie trailer [(2)], The Hobbit tale no doubt break all box office records because of everyone’s desire to see the two movies.

Where to begin with this weekly roundup of “The Hobbit” and Richard Armitage News?  Well, perhaps, the Panorama Scroll that was unfurled this week will help us tell the tale of “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” in a story book format as featured by TORN (The One Ring Net) [(3) below].   I had to downsize the scroll image to make it fit here, so be sure to go to the original links I provide to get the full 30mb version.  Ouch!   But the Scroll is breathtakingly gorgeous!

From the scroll image, the Heirs of Durin site shared a closeup of the exquisite design detail on Thorin’s sword [(4) right].

Then, Sir Peter Jackson celebrated the end of filming [(5) left] by hosting a suitably grand wrap party for The Hobbit movies on July 7th with only 3,500 of his closest cast and crew colleagues as reported by the and Blouin Art Info.  I have to say it, that is more people in one spot than most of the small towns in my state.  Ha!  But perhaps the best news regarding The Hobbit as shared by TORN (The One Ring Net) was that the release date for England was amended/corrected/updated/changed to coincide with the U.S. premiere of December 14, 2012.  Cheers to our Brit friends!  Sorry about the later release dates that fans in other countries might have.

If the media frenzy leading up to Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego this week is any indication, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas any more” [(6)].  The Hobbit marketing team for Comic-Con 2012 first shared with fans the official Hobbit Comic-Con 2012 poster [(7) left] that I had put at the top of my sidebar to the right as soon as it came out.  The Comic Book Movie site also came out with more Hobbit character posters [(8)].

And the new Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield portraits shared in Entertainment Weekly that dazzled us last week–and all the Dwarfs’ images were dissected by TORN this week –were followed up by reports that Comic Con 2012 is to have  exclusive Thorin Figures designed by WETA Workshop for sale in full size 6 inch mode [(9) right top]. There will also be a Thorin bust pose  [(10) right bottom] and such.  Personally, I feel that the full size Thorin figure face very much resembles the talented British actor Richard Armitage who portrays Thorin Oakenshield.  Whereas the legless (not to be confused with the character Legolas, Ha!)  Thorin bust pose seems to have less of a resemblance to Mr. Armitage’s face.  But then behind the beard, nose prosthetic, and Mr. Armitage’s chameleon like transformation of his physicality into Thorin, you only see Thorin (and not the actor Richard Armitage) in the Human/Dwarf portraits of him.  Here is also the April’s Violet’s blogger’s perspective [(11) in French] on the figures matter. But, you decide for yourselves.

For two insightful essays about the character[(12)] of Thorin Oakenshield, I encourage you to visit:
“Reading the Hobbit in Search for Thorin, Part 1” by Maria Grazia at Fly High on 7/11/12 and found at; and
“In Defense of Thorin Oakenshield” essay and graphic (right) by DarkJackal32 at Heirs of Durin found at

And the talented and gifted graphics designer Tannni gave us a beautiful Thorin Hobbit Wallpaper gif [(13) below].  Be sure to follow her link to the gif since what appears below is just a static screen capture of one of the images.

And we also have the stunningly lovely Thorin Arkenstone Wallpaper by bccmee [(14) below] that was also shared on RANet:

But wait, RANet reported that Entertainment Weekly now has a cool magnifying viewer for the scroll  [(15)].  Seriously, you have to go check it out.

And “The Hobbit” movie marketing folks have come out with a Hobbit Wallpaper Generator [(16)] from the scroll images, from which I cropped the image below [(16)].  You can create Facebook and twitter skin graphics with it, too.  Snap!

And one last news item. Richard Armtiage fans are beyond thrilled that it was reported on RANet ( just yesterday that Entertainment Weekly [(17)] has the exclusive scoop about “The Hobbit” star Richard Armitage joining the cast of a new thriller movie about tornados that will start filming in Detroit, Michigan toward the end of July.  Bravo, Mr. Armitage!

My Very Special Thanks!

Richard Armitage resource sites and bloggers to whom I am indebted for their information this week include (in alpha order by blog name): my go to source for all things Richard Armitage is RANet (, and for all things Hobbit, TORN The One Ring Net (; April’s Violet (,  bccmee’s Richard Armitage Vids & Graphics (, Maria Grazia at Fly High (, DarkJackal32’s Heirs of Durin (, Servetus’ me + richard armitage (, Jas Rangoon’s Me, My Thoughts and Richard Armitage (,  RAFrenzy (, Tannni Wallpaper Graphic Art Richard Armitage (, and Fedoralady’s The Armitage Effect (

The other news and media sources included in this post were cited and linked elsewhere.  I hope I didn’t leave anyone out–nor miss any Richard Armitage and Hobbit news to include here–but I have had a long and trying week, as you know.    If I did leave anything or anyone out, please share it in a comment with its URL link.  I will have a news roundup of Comic-Con 2012 for next week’s Thorin Thursday.  After which, I will probably collapse from exhaustion.  Ha!


And I have to say it, the fact that my good friend and award winning journalist Angie K. Long will not be attending Comic-Con 2012 as a reporter or at all–and her telling us all about Comic-Con 2012 with what would have been her first hand experiences–lessens the excitement for me.  I had so hoped to be able to just say, go to Angie’s reporting links next week on Thorin Thursday for her first hand accounts.  But someone who was jealous of Angie–and the fact that a plethora (dozens, and probably hundreds) of  Angie’s fellow Richard Armitage fan friends were cheering Angie on and even helping to support her trip through our donations–some person spoke ill of Angie to the Comic-Con 2012 press credentialing people and her press pass was revoked.

We, her friends, are stunned!  Angie is one of the dearest, sweetest, most intelligent, highly articulate, and creative ladies I know–and I use the word lady with purpose.  How could the Comic-Con 2012 press credentialing people have been so gullible to have believed the accuser who spoke falsely about our dear Angie?  It is beyond belief!  To her credit, Angie has declined to name her accuser. Though having witnessed a few seemingly tortured souls commenting on blogs with similarly vicious and divisive intent that we deplore and label as cyber bullying, many of us have a very short list of whom we suspect.  If there is any justice in this world, this accuser will one day understand the error of their ways and amend their behavior. Or perhaps, whomever is this accuser’s caregiver needs to have a tighter rein on their patient’s online activities.  I am not being facetious, I mean it–the accuser needs professional medical help.  Even were this person to wish to atone for their actions, there is no way that this person can make it up to Angie or to the rest of us who so had wanted this experience of a lifetime for Angie–attending Comic-Con 2012 as a reporter and to possibly ask an interview question of Richard Armitage.  If you want more information about this sad turn of events and commentary of our support for our dear friend Angie K. Long, then visit these two blogs:  me + richard armitage and Me, My Thoughts and Richard Armitage linked here.

But since I’m the sappy happy lady blogger full of optimism and rainbows, I will leave you with the only bright spot that I can discern from this distressing news about our Angie not being allowed to attend Comic-Con 2012.  It is that the overwhelmingly nice, polite, well-adjusted, and well-educated ladies–and who we get along with each other like treasured sisters, I should add–in our unofficial multi-faceted grassroots Richard Armitage fandom community that has evolved over many years, have come out in full force  and full voice to support our dear friend Angie K. Long.  Our RA fan friendships by diverse ladies who literally live around the world have been forged through our shared experiences of and admiration for the talented storytelling, self-effacing charm, and socially aware British Actor Richard Crispin Armitage.  Richard Armitage is a uniting and positive force for all of his fans–and RA is someone who has served as a creative muse for many of us.  Would that more public figures followed Richard Armitage’s path of an exemplary professional, public, and personal life.   No, it’s not that Richard Armitage the man is perfect–no one is.  But he always strives to do and be his very best.  Bravo!

And we will not waver in our appreciation of and delight for Richard Armitage as new and exciting artistic film projects come his way.    We will also line up to see and support Richard Armitage’s movies, and buy his films’ dvds–via RANet’s Amazon Associate link of course, since they donate what would have been their commission back to Richard Armitage’s Just Giving Link of his four chosen charities that he supports and that we, his fans, also donate to in his honor.


(1) Image of the Thorin Oakenshield figure (in the image of the actor portraying him, Richard Armitage) as shared on Flickr by TORN–and provided by Kathleen.  No doubt TORN ( will have pictures of it on their web site soon.

(2)  “The Hobbit Film Trailer 20 Decmeber 2011” in a video by bccmee2 was found at

(3)  The Panorama Scroll was shared by several bloggers and sites.  I had to resize it smaller to fit on this blog, so go to these links for the full size version:
a) by Bccmee;

b) and

(4)  Close up of Thorin’s sword from the Scroll as capped by The Heirs of Durin blogger, Darkjackal32 was found at

(5)  Sir Peter Jackson end of filming news was shared by the at ; and BlouinArtInfo’s article (thanks to The Heirs of Durin blogger Darkjackal32 for the link) at ; as well as, The Hobbit Movies Wrap photo and Wrap Party news shared by the at  ;
TORN shared that “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” release date in the UK is now December 14, 2012 as reported at

(6)  Quote from “The Wizard of Oz” is from my memory.  To read more about the film, visit

(7)  The Official Hobbit Comic-Con 2012 Poster was found at

(8)  “Seven New (Low-Res) Character Posters For THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY” was found at

(8)  Thorin Oakenshield Figure of Richard Armitage image was found at

(10)  Thorin Oakenshield Bust Post of Richard Armitage image was found at

(11)  Comparing the Thorin Oakenshield figures by April’s Violet is found at

(12)  For two insightful essays about the character of Thorin Oakenshield, I encourage you to visit:
“Reading the Hobbit in Search for Thorin, Part 1” by Maria Grazia at Fly High on 7/11/12 and found at; and
“In Defense of Thorin Oakenshield” and graphic by DarkJackal32 at Heirs of Durin and found at

(13)  Tannni’s Thorin Hobbit Wallpaper gif is found at
(14)  Thorin Arkenstone Wallpaper by Bccmee was shared by RAnet at

(15) Entertainment Weekly cool scroll viewer was found at,,20399642_20610399,00.html

(16) The Hobbit Wallpaper Generator application is found at ;  Grati’s Thorin Hobbit Wallpaper she created from the Wallpaper Generator is found at

(17)  “’Hobbit’ Star  Richard Armitage Lands Major Role in Tornado Thriller — EXCLUSIVE” was found at courtesy of RANet ( ; the Richard Armitage portrait is from his Captain America NYC Premiere in July 2011.


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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13 Responses to More Hobbit News than Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Can Shake his Orcrist At, 7/12/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #229rev)

  1. april73 says:

    Great post Gratiana, with lots of pictures and fanarts. :-)

    And thanks a lot for mentioning my blog. :-)


    • Hi April,
      Thanks for your kind note. I like to have links handy. But this week was a real doozy on the amount of information that was available. Ha!
      And, you’re most welcome about my mentioning your blog. Thanks for having the Thorin figures comparison–with the best picture of the bust pose.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. gracie says:

    I don’t usually post on your blog but I just wanted to let you know that I really love it. ANd I for one love the fact that you are ‘sappy happy lady blogger full of optimism and rainbows.”


    • Dear Gracie,
      Thanks for your kind note. And it’s nice to know that my innate cheerfulness for life is not “off putting”–or sugar shock inducing. Ha!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. You are welcome to do so any time.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. I fixed an important typo that I missed when I finished building his essay at 2:00am. So sorry for the duplicate email to my subscribers. Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. Fabi says:

    Hi Grati,
    I confess: it’s getting hard to concentrate myself on work this week, with so many awesome news! My head is full of THORIN awesomeness…
    At the same time, all community is very upset by what happened with Angie. Thanks for bringing your optimism and joy to cheer up the atmosphere a little.


    • Hi Fabi,
      Thanks for your kind note about my Thorin news summary–and for your support of Angie.
      And I will proudly wave the optimism flag as long as I and others have need of it.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. bccmee says:

    There is so much to mull over this week in the RA community. Your blogpost serves as a gReAt aggRegAtion of events! And thanks for mentioning my wallpaper as well as Tanni’s. I really admire her work too.


    • Hi Bccmee,
      Thanks for your very nice note. It was a mountain of information. Ha! I hope I didn’t leave anyone out. Giggles on the RA initials!
      I’m always glad to include your artwork. And I especially appreciate how you tell us your process for creating these images–which software and tools and such that you use–very instructive for dabblers, like myself.
      Cheers! Grati ;->
      P.S. Your stunning new “tornado of love” wallpaper for today on your blog will definitely go into next week’s recaps. For readers who just can’t wait (tee hee), here is that link now:


  6. DarkJackal says:

    LOL over the title of your post. Very clever! And very true. I can’t keep up with it all. Thanks for making this great summary!


    • Hi DarkJackal,
      Thanks for your very nice note! The sheer volume of Hobbit and Richard Armitage news this week was overwhelming. So much for the drought! Ha! I’m guessing that from here on in our thirst will be quenched.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  7. Dear Readers,
    A good friend kindly and politely pointed out that I might have my Thorin swords mixed up. Ha! And, it seems that I can’t spell Orcrist right, either. So here is a Wiki link for more about it:

    I hope that my friend will share some of the insights she shared with me via email. I am eager to learn.

    Cheers! Grati ;-.


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