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:
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:
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’mguessing 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:
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 and 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.
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: