Richard Armitage’s Message to Fans Before his Hobbit (THAUJ) Premiere at Wellington was Both Gracious and Thoughtful, 12/02/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #316)

Picture yourself.  You are about to attend the biggest event of your professional life–up to this point.  Everything is riding on the line.  How you appear to others–and how well they receive you–will determine not only your success on this project, but on your future projects to come.

As you wait for the event to begin, you are a jumble of nerves–even though you are well known for being calm and poised.  You ask yourself:  Is my hair cowlick combed flat?  Check!  Did I put the same color of socks on both feet today?  Check!  Did I remember to zip up the last time I visited the loo?  Check!  But still, you check everything twice, and then thrice.  All the while, you are chomping on minty fresh gum since you will be meeting lots of people today.  And the last thing you want to do is bowl them over with bad breath.

You have not put on your new suit jacket yet.  You don’t want to wrinkle it.  You already have your tie and other clothes on.  So to just loosen yourself up, you tilt your head from side to side–cracking your neck.   It cracks so loudly, even you are startled.  But there is no one else to hear you nearly break your neck and you grin at yourself sheepishly.  Then you do a couple of shoulder rolls as you pump your legs up and down–not too high though, because your suit trousers are quite well fitted to you and you don’t want to bust a seam.  Finally, you let your arms swing wide as you try to ease the tension out of your body as you jump up and down like a pogo stick with your legs together.  Ooh!  You should  not have done that.  Now your shirt tails  have popped out of your trousers.   So, you have to tuck them back in again.  You wonder if everyone has some kind of pre-presentation loosening up ritual.  That is something to ask the blokes about over a beer later.

And you really wish that you had stretched out your new dress shoes a bit more–considering how far you have to walk today.   They are rubbing your dancer’s feet bunions a little as you walk about your room.  But, you can always ease your feet out of your shoes during the presentation.  It will be dark, no one will see–nor, you hope, smell them.  You just wish that you had selected slip on shoes–rather than tie up shoes–however nice these shoes are, like the kind that your dad wears.  And you also hope that the seating will allow room for your long legs–or at least that they put you on an end of a row so you can stretch out.  That is the trouble of being so tall–leg room.  Finally, you hope that your height doesn’t prevent others from seeing over you to the screen–because you really don’t want to scrunch down in the seat and wrinkle your expensive new suit.

You have already received the well wishes of your family and friends through text messages and personal phone calls.  They are so proud of you, and they wish that they could be with you to share in this moment.  Then it hits you.  There are a few other people with whom you really want to communicate and thank them for their support.  They can’t be with you today either–except in spirit.  So you sit down at the desk, turn on your iPad, and type the following email to some of your friends around the world:

You hear a knock at your door and you hit send on your email to your friends, and turn off your iPad.  Then you stand up and put on your suit jacket.  You take one last look at yourself in the long mirror–adjusting what is needed.   You smile, because the tie clasp you are wearing is a sentimental choice–known only to you and your family.   One last grooming task is yet to be done–as you energetically spit out your minty fresh gum into a nearby waste can, lined with plastic, of course.

Then it is showtime!  After a short car ride you step out of the limo to meet your future.  And you leisurely stroll down a very long walkway filled with thousands of people–where you dazzle the world with your brilliant poise, grace, intelligence, humility, thoughtfulness, confidence, self-effacing handsomeness, enthusiasm, and professionalism, etc.

Everyone adores you and is eager to hear your viewpoints about the project that you are presenting tonight.  You feel that you are under a magical spell of excitement, joy, and hope–and you want to remember everything about this night.  You’re especially looking forward to everyone seeing and enjoying the presentation this evening.  And when the lights go down during the presentation–and the room is dark?  Oh yes, those dress shoes are coming off!


“Message from Richard Armitage 28th November 2012”, was shared by RAOnline Admin  Annette at

Image (cropped) of Richard Armitage at the November 28, 2012 Wellington, New Zealand World Premiere of “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” was found at

The Dominion Post image of the long red carpet for the November 28, 2012 Wellington, New Zealand World Premiere of “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” was found at

“The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey” poster sample is a cropped image of “The Hobbit Scroll” found at


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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9 Responses to Richard Armitage’s Message to Fans Before his Hobbit (THAUJ) Premiere at Wellington was Both Gracious and Thoughtful, 12/02/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #316)

  1. UK Expat says:

    Ahh, what a lovely post / reverie on his day, Grati! :) I’ll bet this retelling is 10 times better than the crazy mayhem that might have been the reality of his day. ;)


    • Hi UK Expat,
      Thanks for your nice note! We can only imagine the mayhem that might have gone on. Giggles! What a wonderful night for all of them–and especially for Richard Armitage.

      RA’s debut onto the world stage with THAUJ–and my being thrilled for him–reminds me of the time my six years younger sister portrayed one of the leads in her high school musical, and she began singing her solo. I leaned forward to a friend in the row in front of me and whispered proudly, “Isn’t she good? That’s my sister!” I guess that is how I feel about Mr. Armitage right now. I want to say, “Isn’t his performance as Thorin marvelous? That’s someone whom I admire.”

      And reflecting honestly upon it, I would not say that I have a “sisterly” affection for Richard Armitage–a person whom I will never be fortunate to meet–but maybe, I do feel a bit “step-sisterly” toward him. *wink* Hey, if I can’t poke fun at myself, then I have lost my sense of humor. Ha!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Within the span of less than a week, Richard Armitage and The Hobbit cast have attended and been feted at two premieres–Wellington, New Zealand (Nov. 28) and then Tokyo, Japan (Dec. 1)–with Toronto up for Dec. 3rd, and then New York City on Dec. 6th.

    At the Tokyo pre-premiere press conference, both director Sir Peter Jackson and actor Martin Freeman who portrays Bilbo Baggins gave glowing praise for Richard Armitage who portrays Thorin Oakenshield (quotes excerpted below from RANet):

    Sir Peter Jackson: “… Thorin is the soul. …. there’s a sense of honour that Richard…a sort of quiet honour that Richard carries, which I think is absolutely superb and as an actor Richard is one of those very rare actors in which he uses stillness and he uses quiet to draw your eye. …”

    Martin Freeman: “… It was very easy, actually, working with Richard. He is …what Pete said actually about what he brings to Thorin is partly what he brings just as a person, … He [Richard] was very stoical about it [the long shoot], which again is a great thing for Thorin. So I think there was a good marriage of Richard and Thorin there and yeah I enjoyed working with him very much. …What I always think about Richard is he is essentially a decent person, and I can offer no higher praise to someone, I think he’s a good human being …”

    Now these excerpted quotes from RANet are mere snippets to whet your appetite. I urge you to go to RANet’s December 1st News Link below to read all of their lovely comments:

    Thanks so much to Ali, RANet’s amazing Admin, for transcribing and sharing Jackson’s and Freeman’s full quoted remarks!

    Here is the link to Part 4 of the Japan Press Conference where Jackson’s and Freeman’s remarks occur, courtesy of RACentral:


  3. Middle Earth News says that Moviefone News is asking for interview questions from fans of The Hobbit that they will pose to Sir Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman. Here is Middle Earth’s link talking about it with links to suggest your questions:

    Here is the question I/Grati posed via the Twitter and Facebook links:

    What question do you wish that interviewers would ask you, but they haven’t? Then please respond to that question.

    P.S. I would also hope that this question be posed to Richard Armitage.


  4. judiang says:

    Good post, Grati. I really could see RA here .:)

    I hope one day he has an in-depth interview where he gets to describe his POV and feelings about the whole thing.


    • Hi Judiang,
      Thanks for your kind note! I hope so, too, about the interview. Richard Armitage has such a captivating and insightful way of sharing his observations about acting and storytelling, that I presume that he would be equally as insightful with regard to personal reflections.

      However, I have an inkling that Mr. Armitage might demure–yet again–to reveal too much more about his feelings than what he touched on his fan message. He is a private and reserved gentleman–keeping his personal thoughts personal. But, good for him! And he certainly retains an aura of mystery about him due to his reserve–whether his mysteriousness is intended or not. Ha!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. Faboamanto says:

    What a marvelous post, I can see him in his hotel room through your story. I was so surprised when I woke up that morning to see he had sent a message, he’s a sweetheart.


  6. FYI Readers,
    I just saw a Getty Images link for RA pix, that listed the image I use above in the wallpaper (which I retrieved from RANet) with the following info:
    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” World Premiere
    By: Hagen Hopkins
    Getty Images Entertainment
    People: Richard Armitage

    Great picture of Richard Armitage, Hagen!

    For completeness’ sake on my credits, here is the Getty Images link for their Richard Armitage images from several years back through the Toronto Premiere, Dec. 3, 2012:

    My guess is that this Getty Page of RA pix will continue to be updated.


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