Thorin Thursday TheRApy: Happy Thanksgiving! 11/22/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #310)

As some of you know from Twitter (@GratianaL) or Facebook this week, I developed bronchitis last weekend and I have been battling trying to get well.  So I have been quite wiped out physically as I employ antibiotics, breathing treatments, and such to try to recover.  And let me tell you, a now 6 month old beagle puppy named Heidi is not necessarily a restful companion–unless she is napping.  Ha!

But ever the person to believe in positivity and a little Richard Armitage TheRApy, I turned to some new to me Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” [(1)] images on RANet ( to cheer me up.  And they did!  There is something about people–or in this case, Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits, and Wizards–working together for a common cause that really tugs at my heartstrings.  Snap!

This Team Durin Trio (right) is a Tolkien Trifecta of Mirth/Fili, Magnificence/Thorin, and Mayhem/Kili as I Tweet labeled them on Sunday.   Can you tell that I like alliteration?  Ha!  At right is the original image on RAnet.  And as noted on RANet’s news for Nov. 6, 2012, this photo originally appeared on TORN’s facebook page.

These three in the Durin clan–Fili, Thorin, and Kili–are striding so purposefully in this portrait that I felt they needed more of a context than a photographer’s gray backdrop.  So as usual, I started thinking that maybe I could make a graphic wallpaper [(2)] with the trio and blend in some of the other Hobbit graphic imagery.  I was going to bore you with how I created the wallpaper–painstakingly masking out the trio from their background (and cleaning up the outline edges), modifying images’ color values, etc.  But I thought better of it–and I’m too tired.  Ha!  So here is my final wallpaper design:

Other Hobbity News:

I am now a Dwarven Domestic Goddess!  My Cornish Pasties recipe was accepted on The Hobbit.Com’s Bombur’s “Recipes from Middle-Earth” page [(3)] and published on Tuesday November 20th!   Woo Hoo!  I made pasties just last week for my hubby and I.  Yummm!  Here is that link to my recipe on their site:  Enjoy!  Visit their site to see if you would like to submit a recipe.

And if you want to really live the Dwarven experience for yourself, then you can become a Dwarf [(4)]–courtesy of a “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (THAUJ) app found at   FYI, the app takes a really long time to load.  Happily, the web developers interspersed cute messages that pop up while you wait.

But as a lady, I am not into an intentionally bearded look.  Ha!   So, I elected to wait if and until they have a Galadriel Elven App–silver crown, flowing hair, Elven ears, etc.–and I tweeted @TheHobbit my request.  Ha!

However as usual, I couldn’t wait for someone else to come up with a lady Elven app.  So I used an image of Galadriel (portrayed by Cate Blanchett) and I replaced her eyes and lips with mine.  How do I look?   Ha!

And for extra fun, here is a wonderful fan made Hobbit Trailer “Unexpected Trailer and TV Spot Re-Edit” by joatmonjb [(5)] compiling various trailer footage into a possible chronological order of scenes that was shared by TORN on Tuesday:

But getting back to the point of today.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!      Cheers, Love, & Hugs!  Grati  ;->

 P.S.  Here is my “Thanksgiving  Wish” [(6)] for you:


And here is a lovely version of “Simple Gifts – Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss” in a video by beanscot [(7)]:


P.S.  I am slowly, but finally on the mend from bronchitis.  Snap!  However, my eyes are on a 3 to 6 months treatment plan. So, slow and steady there.   Thanks for all of your well wishes and prayers.  I really appreciate them.

References (some also hyperlinked above)

1)  For more information about Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012) and the two other films, visit the RANet site at

2) Gratiana Lovelace’s Thorin Thanksgiving Wallpaper:

a)       Portrait images grouping (masked) of Fili (portrayed by Dean O’Gorman), Thorin Oakenshield (portrayed by Richard Armitage), and Kili (portrayed by Aidan Turner) are from the RANet Hobbit November 6, 2012 news section at ; the image also appeared on TORN’s Facebook page at

b)       Links for additional images included in the Thorin Thanksgiving Wallpaper include:

c)        Gandalf (portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen) from the first Hobbit Movie teaser Trailer December 2011 was found at ;

d)       New Thorin Portrait was found at ;

e)       Galadriel (portrayed by Cate Blanchett) portrait was found at The Hobbit Com Special Features page at ;  the Bilbo (portrayed by Martin Freeman) portrait was found at The Hobbit Com Special Features page at

f)        The Hobbit movie logos courtesy of  and/or

3) Recipes from Middle Earth Logo was found at ; the actual recipes gateway link is

4) Become a Dwarf–courtesy of a “The Hobbit” app is found at ; the original link for the Galdriel (portrayed by Cate Blanchett) image is found at  ; my eyes and lips are courtesy of me.

5) A wonderful fan made Hobbit Trailer “Unexpected Trailer and TV Spot Re-Edit” by joatmonjb compiling various trailer footage into a possible chronological order of scenes is found at;  the link was shared by TORN on Tuesday, their article is found at

6) “Thanksgiving Wish” poem by Gratiana Lovelace (2012).  Images:  parchment and candle graphics are courtesy of MSOffice Clip Art found at ; “The Luncheon – 2” Claude Monet painting is courtesy of Painting All (a source for reproduction art for your home) at

7) And here is a lovely version of “Simple Gifts – Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss” in a video by beanscot: ; for more about the Shaker song “Simple Gifts”, visit

Nota Bene:  For general information about the U.S. Thanksgiving history and traditions–and other Thanksgiving type observances around the world–visit


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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15 Responses to Thorin Thursday TheRApy: Happy Thanksgiving! 11/22/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #310)

  1. Herba says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery! Take care


  2. Fabi says:

    Hi Grati,
    Posts like this (full of creativity and great things to enjoy) are very characteristic of you! I specially liked the beautiful wallpaper. Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you can overcome your health problems as soon as possible!


    • Hi Fabi,
      Thanks for your lovely note! I’m glad you like this grab bag post of Hobbity Thanksgiving goodness. Ha!
      The multiple illnesses thing has gotten old and is wearing on me. So I appreciate your and everyone’s well wishes.
      Have a great day! Love and Hugs! Grati ;->


  3. Total Film has a competition for UK residents to win a trip to the Royal Premiere of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. Here is that initial link, then follow the link for contest details about the “Information scavenger hunt”:


  4. @TheHobbitMovie tweeted Thanksgiving wishes to the U.S.:


  5. Ania says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope that health problems will pass quickly. * hugs *


  6. 11/22/12–I created a video slideshow today of “Thorin Oakenshield and the Dwarves Singing “Misty Mountains Cold” in The Hobbit”:

    I dedicated the video to Jeannie and Kitty–who have been my right arms as co-Admins and Discussion Leaders in RAFN through my recent bout of ill health–and to the other ladies in RAFN.

    I hope that you enjoy the video.

    Love and Hugs! Grati ;->


  7. 11/22/12–You may have heard of the suspiciously timed–only now that the film is about to premiere– PETA allegations about animal care on the set of “The Hobbit” that the AP news service circulated.

    To give a balanced view, here is an 11/19/12 statement by Hobbit Director Sir Peter Jackson, Hobbit film animal care givers, and others who speak in defense of the film’s animal care practices and vouch for its humane treatment of animals in their care:


  8. Somebody in RAFN asked me how I created the first wallpaper with the three Dwarves in it–Fili, Thorin, & Kili. So what follows is my process and a bonus–the gif file I created of the masked Dwarves in case you would like to use it to create a new graphic of your own.

    My general wallpaper/signature image building process:
    1) I mask out the images in Photoshop:
    a) the three Dwarves took hours and then saved as a gif file, and
    b) the background image originally had RA and Ian chatting in it that I took out.
    2) Then I layered and softened and recolored the other images in Powerpoint–and added text.
    3) Then I copied the whole thing (don’t group, just copy) and then pasted it into a new Photoshop file (I also start out with choosing 400 res. Photoshop will create the size of the window that you need automatically when you have a copy in the layered images. But you will need to go into “image resize” down to 200 res to have a manageable size.
    4) Then while in Photoshop, crop the new image as needed in case there is some unintended white background on one edge.
    5) Then save as a jpeg. et voila!

    P.S. Gals, masking out the 3 Dwarves took hours! I spent a lot of time on tidying up the edges around the images before creating the gif file used in my graphic above. I got an up close and personal view of Thorin’s inseam at 1pt brush size at extreme zoom. Ha!

    Gif files allow you to have a blank background so that you may layer that image onto another background. Snap!

    So to save you time in case you want to create your own graphic with “the boys”, here is the link to the gif file for you (it would be nice to have a “masked by Grati” credit in your references for your new image), but no worries. The RANet and TORN credits of the images themselves are the important credits. Here is the link to the gif file:

    The 3 Dwarves image credit itself is:
    a) Portrait images grouping (masked) of Fili (portrayed by Dean O’Gorman), Thorin Oakenshield (portrayed by Richard Armitage), and Kili (portrayed by Aidan Turner) are from the RANet Hobbit November 6, 2012 news section at ; the image also appeared on TORN’s Facebook page at


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