Thorin Thursday: The Merits of Size–Email Spam, Middle Earth, and Real Life, June 27, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #423)

Does size really matter?  And if you couldn’t guess, what follows is labeled with a bit of a facetious alert.  Ha!

Size Matters Email Spam
Of late, the copious amount of email and blog spam I have received tends to tout the importance of size–being bigger, getting bigger, appreciating bigger. We know what they are referring to. So I am not going to get into that direct discussion here.

But I have to ask, has there somehow been a generational or evolutionary shrinkage regarding certain attributes in the species that has escaped the attention of statisticians, medical clinicians, and underwear designers, if not enhancement marketers?  Folks, Michaelangelo’s David (completed 1504) is a statue, not living flesh.  See comparison below between the David statue, a Richard Armitage character named Lee, and another RA character named Lucas, and Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man:
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All four images are of a rather muscular fellow. And one might surmise that Bonerati had to sculpt more on David to begin with–leaving more there– in case he slipped and needed to redesign.  Whereas the human form in the middle and far right images could serve as a sculptor’s model of manly perfection.  The Golden Mean/Ratio is roughly 1 to 1.62–creating what mathematicians felt was an astheticaly pleasing rectangle of scaled proportions–working in two dimensions.  This golden ratio is reflected in the Da Vinci drawing–in the outstretched arm length compared to height, for example. And once Bonerati was finished with sculpting his David at the end, why adjust a little thing like proportion and scale between hand size and other body parts?  Because what remained gave half the population an inferiority complex for the next 600 years and counting.    Ha!

Of course, I am referring to the most striking feature in these images, that of the … hands. The right hand on the David statue, especially seems to have almost stunted fingers missing half a knuckles worth of length on the index finger (far left below) when looking at it in proportion to the thumb. But then, we look at the Lucas right hand close up next–with no thumb to gauge scale and the curled under fingers also belie their long length.  Then the third image from the left is the left hand of Richard Armitage as Sir Guy — elegant, elongated fingers with a hint of a previously broken tip that didn’t heal right (my conjecture) in the bend of the index finger.  Then the far right image is my hubby’s right hand–obliging fellow that he is–with his thumb bent, though it is quite long–and definitely in proportion to his other fingers.  Yet, with the thumb curled under you can’t tell that it is longer. And I am mixing apples and oranges here–left and right hands.  But you get my point about the angle of our view combined with the pose of the hand obscuring our accurate perception of scale. And I am only basing this on my personal notions of aesthetics and proportion:

David                                  Lucas                           Sir Guy                    Grati’s hubby
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Hands do much of the work in our lives from the time we get up to when we go to sleep.  For me, that means washing, typing, cooking, driving, writing, etc.   Hands can also gesture as emphasis or in providing direction.  Hands can offer a supplication or protest.  And hands can hold you close in a lover’s  embrace.  But hands and hand size, are only one measure of a person–or a man–in this case.

Middle Earth Sizes
So much for the magician is more important than his wand, as the saying goes.  I’mHobbit-Dwarf-Elves-Size_infoJun0813thehobbitFB-cropguessing that Gandalf would like to think that his wizardry comes from his heart, not other localities on his person.  And in Sir Peter Jackson’s retelling of The Hobbit, scale and proportion are everything–with regard to tricking the eye about visual perspectives.  And as we can see from the Middle Earth sizes chart to the right, Elves and Wizards are the tallest, with Dwarves and Hobbits being on the smaller end of the scale.

Though I will say that size is relative–it depends upon the space it inhabits. One only need look at the impressive façade of The Lonely Mountain of Erebor and the two giant guardian statues to know that the Dwarves have big egos–with good reason. The Dwarves of Erebor had a hugely successful niche as miners and artisans before it was all destroyed by the dragon Smaug.

In THAUJ, even the Elves had given the Dwarves their due.  Though spikey crowned two faced Elven King Thranduil (my THAUJ cap below) does not live up to the hype of size matters.  Thranduil’s tallness was merely a descriptor, not an evaluation of his character as honorable.


Whereas Dwarf King Thorin Oakenshield–while of smaller physical stature than the Elves–Thorin is far and away the better man over Thranduil, putting his people’s needs before his own as he helped them reestablish their lives as a people in forced exile from their homeland.  “This is one whom I could call King,” as Balin says of Thorin Oakenshield in THAUJ.   Thorin (below) is a man who rises up to charge at his mortal enemy, Azog the Pale Orc, to save his comrades, even though it is sure to mean his own death.


Speaking of Thorin needing to tend to his needs, the lack of his bloodline continuing with him not producing an heir–among other things (no spoilers)–causes several fan fic writers to give Thorin a break and a love life.  Ha!  My story “Thorin’s Hope: A Love Story” (my Wattpad link) does that.  And let us not forget putting Richard Armitage’s steamy smouldering looks to good use–looking even more determined under his Thorin prosthethics.  So here is a little Thorin wallpaper that I made:


Size in Real Life

Venus-at-a-mirror-Rubens-circa-1615Jun2713WikiAnd in our every day lives, there are clues that size and notions of beauty might be returning to a less emaciated, non air brushed, and non childlike ideal.

1) Renaissance artists like Rubens celebrated womanly curves, seen here in Venus at a mirror image (right) (circa 1615).  Venus is lovely here.

2)  In 1997, the Olympics created a rule that gymnastic athletes had to be at least sixteen years old–so as not to  exploit the youthful agility of youngsters and to also lessen the incidence of severe sports injuries among the very young among other reasons.

3)  Then in 2006, the Italian fashion industry began to lead the charge for healthy weights Elle Quebec-May-2013-cover-featuring-a-plus-size-model-punned-as-thighs-the-limit-Jun2713DailyMail-hi-res-shrpand sizes–and banning underweight models at shows–because young girls tried to unhealthily copy the previous models rail thin waif looks, to the detriment of their own health.

4)  Plus size models are more than the size 12 – 18 normal sized gals masquerading as plus sized.  Curvy woman kind is taking center stage and showing that size and beauty are not mutually exclusive concepts.  A beautiful case in point is the lovely lady (right) on the cover of Canadian Elle.

5)  Celebrity concepts of beauty are becoming more inclusive of persons of size with bankable stars such as these lovely ladies who reflect across the spectrum:
Queen Latifah                                     Melissa McCarthy
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Christina Hendricks      Oprah Winfrey
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With women and men embracing healthy at any size, the world keeps turning.  And hopefully, the vestiges of the last socially acceptable (NOT) prejudice against fat people will crumble into dust.    Cheers to Curvy Womankind!

So sometimes bigger is better.  Sometimes less is more.  And sometimes the size of one’s heart is more important than the size of one’s ____________ (you fill in the blank).

P.S.  And here is a lovely example of Richard Armitage’s steamy smoulder in the newly released Promo 2012 portrait by Robert Ascroft:


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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6 Responses to Thorin Thursday: The Merits of Size–Email Spam, Middle Earth, and Real Life, June 27, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #423)

  1. Kitty says:

    It’s the sum of compassion and wisdom we gain that counts and how we apply it to those with whom we interact. As beautiful as he is, if Richard Armitage was a total a$$hole, he would be a very small person.


    • Hi Kitty,
      I agree with you wholeheartedly!

      Richard Armitage’s kindness to his fans and others, his compassion for those in need through sponsoring the four charities at his Just Giving page (see sidebar with Thorin button for the donation link), his dedication to honoring his art and respecting his colleagues, and his humility about the recognition he receives and the high esteem in which he is held, are but a few qualities that comprise a complex and multi-dimensional man who serves as a role model for young and old alike in how to conduct one’s life with dignity, honor, warmth, and purpose.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. marieastra8 says:

    I so hope that RA is a man who appreciates women no matter what size they are. He seems to be! But who knows. As someone who has fought to keep my self esteem through the fact that I am just not the average size woman, I could never be, has nothing to do with weight and dieting, yet, I am considered attractive, it’s all a mystery to me. But some things are better…bigger. Just saying.Although other things matter more, of course. :D


    • Hi Marie,
      All we have go on with regard to Richard Armitage’s and curvy women was his portrayal of Harry Kennedy to Dawn French’s Vicar Geraldine Granger. Either RA is a wonderful actor–which he is–or he can see the beauty of Geraldine’s caring soul.

      And being loved has a way of making that person feel and seem even more beautiful. I think of the Shakespearean sonnet that begins something like, “My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun, coral is far more red if her lips be read. If snow be white, why then her breasts are dung.” etc. It as if the presence of love “bestows” beauty to the object of their desire.

      And I am glad that you have people in your life who recognize your beauty–we all need that affirmation. And I agree with you that big might be better, but some qualities in a person are intrinsically more important–such as kindness and compassion.
      Cheers! Grati;->

      P.S. I serialized my original story “Seeing Beauty” on my blog here a while back. My story is about truly discovering the beauty within a person. Here is that original chapter link:


  3. Servetus says:

    My memory from art history is that the David’s hands were made intentionally overproportional for some reason that I have now forgotten. Just sayin’ that may not be a fair comparison :)


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