Great Expectations–The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey NYC Premiere from Afar, 12/07/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #319)

ZiegfeldTheatreHobbitPremiereDec0712cropshpLast year in AW Chat, I joked with my Richard Armitage Fangirl friends that if we did do a road trip to the NYC premiere of “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”, that I would be too shy to push my way in front of the street crowd for a glimpse of Richard Armitage in front of the Ziegfeld Theatre [(1) left] on its Red Carpet.  I’m 5ft 3 so I would have needed a periscope to see over everyone else’s heads–even to see the very tall Mr. Armitage.  But at least I could have bonded in person with my RA friends.

What a difference a year makes.  C’est la vie.  The practicalities of life–travel costs, arthritis, work responsibilities, pet tending, etc.–made my going to NYC not even remotely possible.  And as it turns out, I am still battling with bout of bronchitis.  So I couldn’t have gone anyway–silver lining that.

But, I had hoped to watch The Hobbit NYC Premiere Red Carpet at the Ziegfeld Theatre  online live like we did for Wellington and Tokyo premieres–we all did.   But, it was not to be.  Though the Dec. 6th Hobbit Premiere in NYC was slated as a fundraiser for AFI (American Film Institute), someone must have forgotten to tell them that the broadcast rights for the Red Carpet would be a gold mine for their fundraiser.  Hopefully, we’ll hear more about the NYC premiere in the coming days.

At least, my RA fangirl friends and I bonded last night Twittering and Facebooking each NYCPremiereRichardArmitageDec0712garygershoffhiresshrpcropother as snippets about the Premiere was shared by those who were in the crows at the premiere.  Snap!   Some RA lady fans–RAFrenzy, Franny, Kathleen, Janine, etc.–attended at the NYC premiere Red Carpet and  tweeted updates.  And they even captured video footage of Richard Armitage arriving and shared it [(2)].  Thanks!  They saved the day!

And Richard Armitage looked very dapper in his Glen Urquhart gray plaid suit [(3)] –another vested suit [(4) right].  Perfection!  We are going to start calling him banker Armitage soon.   But then again, from all of The Hobbit merchandising royalties that will hopefully be heading his way, he will need his own bank.  Ha!

poster-thorinDec0712ThehobbitcomAnd finally,  here is a great interview article link shared by RACentral titled

Richard Armitage talks Thorin Oakenshield and The Hobbit[(5) excerpted below] By Anne Brodie Dec 6, 2012

When asked about becoming Thorin, Richard Armitage replied:

“… The prospect of sitting in a theatre and watching another actor play Thorin [(6) left] when I’d been offered the role …  Sometimes that happens.  You have to walk away and you can’t make it work with dates.  But I couldn’t have lived with myself if someone else had played it.  I would rather have given up my career.

If The Hobbit was the last piece of work I ever do, I would be happy.  I still feel that if I never work again I have had the most fulfilling experience an actor could ever have with this role. I’ve never been challenged in the way this role challenged me.NYCPremiereRichardArmitageClsDec0712garygershoff

Every job I’ve ever done has led to this moment. …”

Well said, Mr. Armitage [(7) right].  This is your moment–and you are shining!  My warmest congratulations to you!


1)        Ziegfeld Theatre image was found at

2)       Video post f Richard Armitage arriving at the NYC Premiere of “The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey”

3)       Smithylass tweeted that “it’s a traditional weave that is used a lot here. Also called Glen Urquhart plaid.”

4)       Richard Armitage picture shared by Morrighan’s Muse on Twitter, pix by Gary Gershoff

5)       Thorin Oakenshield  THAUJ poster was found at

6)       “Richard Armiage talks Thorin Oakensheild and The Hobbit” by Anne Brodie (12/06/12),

7)       Another great Gary Gershoff picture of Richard Armitage  shared by Morrighan’s Muse on Twitter was found at

N.B.  For readers of “Sir Guy’s Dilemma”, I am working on the next chapter–which will post on Friday, Dec. 14th.

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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44 Responses to Great Expectations–The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey NYC Premiere from Afar, 12/07/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #319)

  1. fitzg says:

    Love the Glen plaid. But the jacket isn’t quite right. Button too high. Jacket needs to be a bit longer…(Who notices the suit, anyway – joyful grin – eyes!)


    • Hi Fitzg,
      Me too! Thought for the cut of the suit, I would have loved a double breasted jacket like RA’s Heinz Kruger character in Captain America wore. But eve so, Richard Armitage looked the picture of elegance.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. 12/07/12–Daria GizTheGunslinger has some new portrait shots of Richard Armitage doing press for The Hobbit in NYC. Yummy!


  3. 12/07/12–Kathryn G tweeted this link for the 13 minutes special

    Here is the You Tube link–it has an ad before it:


  4. 12/07/12–Fabulous Glamour UK January 2013 issue interview of Richard Armitage! RANet has the scans. Here is that link:


  5. 12/07/12–I love all of The Hobbit NYC premiere pictures of Richard Armitage on RANet!


  6. 12/07/12–Be sure to visit Inge’s blog “Crispin’s Eclipse” each day. She is counting down until The Hobbit is released with interesting bits about Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield.

    And here is today’s link with a video interview of Mr. Armitage about his character of Thorin–with RA sounding very deep and regal:


  7. 12/07/12–Don’t forget to visit RANet today for all the Premiere news and links at


  8. 12/07/12–Thanks to Foro Richard Armitage for reweeting two links to El Anillo Unico articles about the 2nd Hobbit film “Desolation of Smaug”:
    Primera imagen oficial de La Desolación de Smaug | El Anillo Único
    El Hobbit: La Desolación de Smaug, primera


    And the poster for The Hobbit (it’s fantastic!) released to Latin America:


  9. 12/07/12–RA_Central has Dec. 14, 2012 Entertainment Weekly scans up on its website. Scroll through to see all 11 pages. Thanks RA_Central!


  10. 12/07/12–Thanks to Mirella for sharing the FB link for The Hobbit Movie’s own scrapbook of NYC premiere photos


  11. 12/07/12–MashaNeronova Tweet shared a vid of the NYC premiere on AOL

    And here is the twitter pix of Richard Armitage that went with it



  12. 12/07/12–The Today Show Hobbit interview segment from this morning–with footage of last night’s premiere at the beginning–was actually filmed in Zealandia before the Wellington Premiere.


  13. 12/07/12–Seb retweeted this Joy Meyers twitpic of RA: Stunning! I have fallen in love all over again!


  14. 12/07/12–Tweeted by @TheHobbitMovie

    For the Armitage Army… Our Thorin signing autographs at #TheHobbit press junket today!

    I tweeted back: How do I obtain one of RA signed items?


  15. 12/07/12–Bemused Richard Armitage at his new portrait shoot in NYC, pix tweeted by Joy Meyers


  16. 12/07/12–Movie Bytes Interview of The Hobbit cast


  17. 12/07/12–Link tweeted by RANet: “The Hobbit’s Richard Armitage – Dwarf Star”

    the WSJ Interview vid (interviewer is Barbara Chai)


  18. 12/07/12–Per RANet tweet, RA’s/Hobbit’s Canadian interview with George Stromboli (sp):

    Strombo’s site says that Richard Armitage’s interview will air on Weds 12 Dec
    Guests Week Of December 10, 2012


  19. 12/07/12–Isabelle W just tweeted this lovely contact sheet (in sharp focus) of the new Leather Portraits of RA


  20. 12/07/12–Kathleen shared a link for a video interview of Richard Armitage by Scott Orlin of Cinema Magazine, Germany. The interview is in English.,5170654.html

    Grati’s comment: One thing Richard Armitage said new here was that “I’ve always lived life at this height, well, obviously not when I was born…. But I spent most of my time looking down into conversations. And I coveted the idea, of doing that”. Then Mr. Armitage looked up. It was a wonderful moment in the interview where you got the sense that the journey that Richard Armitage went on in creating the role of Thorin Oakenshield was just as dramatic and perspective changing a transformation (his word) for him.


  21. 12/07/12–TORN just posted TV Spot #11 on their site

    It portrays the Bilbo and Gollum exchange much more ominously.


  22. 12/07/12–RANet treated us to the image of Richard Armitage posing with his miniature Thorin Lego piece on the last day of principle photography:


  23. 12/08/12–Kathleen shared a link for a behind the scenes look of filming The Hobbit in beautiful New Zealand.

    “EXCLUSIVE – The Magic Making of Middle-earth #airnzhobbit ” by Air New Zealand


  24. 12/08/12Grati–Seattle Times article has quotes from Sir Peter Jackson and his actors about their experiences filming The Hobbit. Thanks to TORN for the link. Here is the Richard Armitage quote excerpted below:

    “Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) on being a 6-foot-2 guy playing a dwarf: “It’s amazing how quickly you get used to it. And also, we spent most of the shoot much bigger than a 6-foot-2 guy. I mean, I had lifts in my shoes, I was wider, I was taller, and bigger-haired. And I actually think that was quite an interesting place to be, because I do think dwarfs have big ideas about themselves …” ”

    -N.B.: The article didn’t have an image with it, so I chose this one to get a sense of heft and height that RA is talking about in his quote. The multi layering of their clothing–and the padding they wear underneath, makes them spread out to look broader to help with the optical illusion.
    Here is the image link


  25. 12/08/12–Tanni shared an FB link where you can vote for your favorite Hobbit Character. Here is that link:


  26. 12/08/12–Miss K shared a link to a USA Today Video of 5 questions asked of Richard Armitage about The Hobbit film:

    And Richard Armitage had a great response when the 5th question by the interviewer inanely asked him how Tolkien’s Dwarves were different from Snow White’s dwarfs. Mr. Armitage responded that “Tolkien’s Dwarves are kickass!”

    Right on Richard!

    *Grati will now return to her prim self that doesn’t espouse the use of vulgarisms. Ha!*


  27. 12/08/12–Thanks to Michaela Servetus for highlighting Fabo Laktuko’s trip to the NYC Hobbit premiere and gala afterward. Oh what a night!

    “Meeting Richard Armitage at The Hobbit New York Premiere Gala December 6th!…”

    Grati’s Comment: My heart stopped with her description of her farewell with Richard Armitage.


  28. 12/08/12–Thanks to Servetus for the link for Judiang relating her experiences of attending the Anderson Cooper Live taping of The Hobbit Interviews (including Richard Armitage) at her blog:


  29. 12/09/12–Thanks to Kathleen for the link to “THE HOBBIT Interviews: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis and Richard Armitage …” by Jake Hamilton:


  30. 12/09/12–Link shared by Sue H.

    [N.B.: This is part 2 of Richard Armitage’s interview with GreenDragon at TORN.]

    “New interview with

    Best line:
    [Editorial: I’ll allow a pause here for those readers who need to recover from that sudden thought of a dirty Richard Armitage in the dark… OK, going on…]

    Richard the Second – Part II of’s time with Richard Armitage
    Richard Armitage is a lucky boy; or so he says. I think those of us who had the chance to hear what he had to say at


  31. 12/09/12–Petra shared:
    “I found a german site with infos and fotos.

    DER HOBBIT » Galerie » Charaktere » Die Helden » Thorin – Seite 1″


  32. 12/09/12–A tweeted link for the “In Praise of Wickedness” tumblr had a funny endearing moment about RA at the Anderson Live taping behind the scenes.

    So next time any of us see RA in person, be sure to have some bottled water on hand. Ha!


  33. 12/09/12–tweeted by Masha Neronova

    Richard Armitage sighing autographs at his hotel


  34. 12/09/12–RANet tweeted their link for Richard Armitage’s InnerSPACE interivew Dec 3rd, 2012 in Toronto


  35. 12/09/12–Richard Armitage France tweeted their link for the NYC Premiere photos Lovely!

    ■ [ Evènement 2012 ] Avant-première Américaine6 Décembre 2012 – New York


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