“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Launches Richard Armitage on to the World’s Artistic Stage at the Wellington, New Zealand World Premiere! 11/28/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #314)

“The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” (right) has fittingly had its World Premiere debut in Wellington, New Zealand last night–the films’ and filmmakers’ birthplace of unrivaled scenic beauty, artistic creativity, and people with huge hearts.   And the reverence with which the filmmakers, cast, and crew approached their film project extended to the nation they called home and the peoples they embraced as new friends for 18 months.  Perhaps the March 2011 Powhiri Welcoming Ceremony was one indication that this film in place and time would be very special, as shown in a video by bccmee2 titled “Richard Armitage opens the Powhiri Welcoming Ceremony”:

For fans of Richard Armitage–like myself–having watched the steady progression of RA’s career over the years to ever expanding roles and artistic endeavors–his lead role as Thorin Oakenshield in THAUJ is the culmination of his sacrifice (18 + months of his life away from family and friends) and dedication in bringing to life one of Tolkien’s most complex characters.   Having seen enough footage of Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield in video clips of the film, I can’t envision any other actor but Mr. Armitage portraying Thorin.  Here is my favorite of film trailers featuring Thorin, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Official Trailer 2 [HD]” by Warner Brothers Pictures:

And I had created a triptych signature that I shared earlier here on my blog.  It is based on Thorin’s admonition about his requirements for his Dwarf comrades:   “Loyalty, honor, a willing heart”.   When Richard Armitage says these lines in the video above it always sends chills through me.

And as with all of Richard Armitage’s characters, when he is telling a story, Mr. Armitage so transforms himself into that character–in this case,  Thorin Oakenshield (below left) that I only see the person he brings to life, not the actor behind the mask (below middle, Richard Armitage at the February 2011 Hobbit Press Conference;  and   below right, Richard Armitage at the Wellington Hobbit Premiere November 28, 2012).


It was amazing watching “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” World Premiere Red Carpet in Wellington, NZ on NowLive.  To hear the cast and Director Sir Peter Jackson speak about their experiences in making the film was a delight!  And the ever poised and professional Richard Armitage gave very thoughtful and insightful responses in his interviews. Here are links to the two Red Carpet interviews Richard Armitage gave on The Hobbit Premiere in Wellington, New Zealand in videos by Richard Armitage Central:

Interview #1–“Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) at the Hobbit World Premiere November 28, 2012”

Interview #2– “Richard Armitage Interview #2 at Hobbit World Premiere”

And “The Hobbit” trilogy films are only the beginning for Richard Armitage.   This is Richard Armitage’s shining moment as he leaps onto the world’s artistic stage and into the wider consciousness of new fans around the globe!  I am more thrilled for Mr. Armitage than I can say!  He so deserves this recognition of his exquisite acting and storytelling talents!  And even more so because Mr. Armitage will no doubt have more artistic projects to choose from, that will allow we, his fans, to enjoy his acting and storytelling for decades to come.

Others will catalogue this pivotal moment in Richard Armitage’s career to painstakingly meticulous perfection–see www.RichardArmitageNet.com, www.RichardArmitageCentral.co.uk, and www.RichardArmitageonline.com among others.  These sites are wonderful resources for the uninitiated and the avid fan alike to Richard Armitage’s career.  My kudos to their respective Administrators.
But for me, this moment in Richard Armitage’s life–with his new “role of a lifetime” portraying Thorin Oakenshield–is distilled into one simple thought.  That the artistic storytelling talents of Richard Armitage can now finally be shared with the world for everyone to enjoy.  Richard Armitage may be British, but he belongs to the world now.

So here is one final portrait of Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield (right)–mysterious, majestic, and magnificent–the bitter Warrior Dwarf King tortured by the past, hoping to reclaim his people’s birthright for their present, and certain to become a legend in the future:

I know that when I have the chance to view “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” for the first time in the U.S. on December 14th, I will be mesmerized by the magical world of JRR Tolkien that Director Sir Peter Jackson, and lead actors Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and their colleagues will share with us.

And Richard Armitage will bring Thorin Oakenshield to vivid life for all of us with the first of three films in “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”–thereby defining Thorin for us for all time.  Shock and awe, people!  Shock and awe!

References (some are also hyperlinked above)

1)       The initial image was created via the www.thehobbit.com wallpaper generator which is found at http://apps.warnerbros.com/thehobbit/wallpapergenerator/ ; the characters in the wallpaper are Gandalf portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen, Bilbo Baggins portrayed by Martin Freeman, and Thorin Oakenshield portrayed by Richard Armitage.

2)       “Richard Armitage opens Powhiri Welcoming Ceremony” by bccmee2 was found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RSoA73SaI0

3)       Richard Armitage Career Page on RANet is found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/career.html

4)       “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey  – Official Trailer 2 [HD]” in a video by Warner Brothers Pictures was found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDnYMbYB-nU&feature=relmfu

5)       Signature:  “Loyalty, Honor, A Willing Heart” a  Thorin Triptych by Gratiana Lovelace, 10/24/12 (Post #295) https://gratianads90.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/thehobbittrailer2thorintriptychloyaltyhonorheartoct2412gratianalovelace.jpg

6)       “The Hobbit’s Amazing Transformations”, November 26, 2012,The New Zealand Herald, Richard Armitage as himself in February 2011 http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/infographics/195/Richard1.jpg  ; and Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield in 2012 http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/infographics/195/Richard2.jpg ; and a Richard Armitage Centra cap of Richard Armitage on the Wellington NZ Hobbit Red Carpet was found at http://richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=323945& (selected by Brooke, well done)

7)       I watched The Hobbit Wellington Premiere Red Carpet on NowLive at http://www.nowlive.com/TheHobbitUSA

8)       Richard Armitage Central had both Richard Armitage interviews posted on You Tube last night:  Interview #1– “Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) at the Hobbit World Premiere November 28, 2012”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAVcCLjiXTk&feature=youtu.be ; and Interview #2  “Richard Armitage

Interview #2 at Hobbit World Premiere” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XmS3K4jJM&feature=youtu.be

9)       Richard Armitage portraying Thorin Oakenshield portrait was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/HobbitStills/album/61-Thorin3-OfficialHobbitMovieGuide.jpg

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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18 Responses to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Launches Richard Armitage on to the World’s Artistic Stage at the Wellington, New Zealand World Premiere! 11/28/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #314)

  1. Galen Rogers Tumblr had a fabulous gif of Richard Armitage giving a Maori greeting of charmingly touching foreheads to a woman who was clearly delighted to meet him at:


  2. Dear Readers,
    A lot of RA bloggers will be weighing with posts of their own. And everyone has a unique twist. So I urge you to visit their blogs via the links in my Blogroll section in my sidebar. You will be glad that you did.
    Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Thanks to RAnet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) for linking to the most recent message from Richard Armitage on November 28, 2012–written prior to his attending the World Premier of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in Wellington, NZ–on the RAOnline site. Here is that link for you to the letter which appears on the RAOnline homepage:



  4. Fabi says:

    Thank you, Grati!
    My bloody internet let me down and I couldn’t see the red carpet. Thank you for the videos of the interviews and the link to RA’s message!
    Rich rocks as ever!!


    • Hi Fabi,
      I’m so sorry that your internet wouldn’t let you see the Red Carpet live. But thankfully, RAC snagged and made available the interviews that I shared with you here. You are most welcome.
      Richard was poised to perfection! A gentleman and professional of the first order.
      There is lots more to see. So be sure to visit the three main sites linked above–RANet, RAC, and RAOnline–as well as other peoples’ blogs. It has been, and will continue to be, a marvelous whirlwind as we excitedly watch Richard Armitage take center stage among international artists!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. 11/28/12– Ali, the RANet Admin, has links for EVERYTHING related to the Wellington Premiere of THAUJ! So be sure to visit the Nov. 28th news link http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/news.html#nov28


  6. 11/28/12–The New Zealand Herald has “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” press conference from earlier in the day before the premiere:



  7. 11/28/12–WarnerBrosPictures has a vid out of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – World Premiere Highlights”. Richard Armitage has some nice interview responses starting around 1:07.


  8. 11/28/12 With visitors to my blog clicking on an essay I wrote almost a year ago about Richard Armitage’s acting talents and his then upcoming portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield, I thought that I would also link that post for you here now:

    Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield: The Man, The Myth, The Mystery, The Magnificence! 12/29/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #90)



  9. Judiang of “Confessions of a Watcher” blog has a great recap of the Wellington Hobbit Premiere events at:



  10. 11/29/12–Last night (already Nov. 29 in Australia), Richard Armitage attended the ARIA music awards in Sydney Australia. RANet had pictures and audio clips at:


    Here also is the audio clip link RANet provides of Mr. Armitage answering questions from reporters about his role of Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”:



  11. SaraLeee has an interesting reflection upon “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” red carpet and how people approached it at her blog post:



  12. Kathleen shared someone named Joel’s flickr photos of RA at The Hobbit premiere:

    I took a quick look in Flickr for recent pictures and this is the most interesting one. …
    Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield)
    Explore Joel Hawes’ photos on Flickr. Joel Hawes has uploaded 175 photos to Flickr.


  13. Dear Visitors,
    I have now added some Japanese premiere links to “The Hobbit Media Resources” section in my sidebar (starting with “vid: ” in their titles):

    1) five parts of The Hobbit Japanese Press Conference before it’s premiere on 12/01/12, courtesy of RACentral

    2) two parts of The Hobbit Japanese premiere speeches by cast and crew before the showing of the film, 12/01/12, courtesy of RANet

    Cheers! Grati ;-.


  14. 12/16/12–Sir Peter Jackson shares the 10th THAUJ Production video about the Wellington Premiere and the lead up to it:

    “The Hobbit – Official Production Video #10 [HD]” by OfficialTheHobbit


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