Vini, vidi, Vi-capped: Grati’s Caps from the Berlin THDofS Premiere Dec. 9th, December 11, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #482)

I stretched my lunch break on Monday, December 9th with some vacation time to watch and live cap the Berlin Red Carpet premiere of The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug. And I couldn’t watch to the end of the broadcast when they did the cast introductions on the balcony (RACVideo) (Thanks to Servetus for the link!).  But then I had to race back to campus before I could share them. So here are a few of my caps (unretouched) with some comments. Then I will follow with a slideshow of the full 82 caps I took. Whew! Ha! Enjoy!

P.S. And I love seeing everyone else’s caps on their blogs and tumblrs!  So if you’re a blogger or tumblr with a post of Richard Armitage and THDofS Berlin Premiere and such caps, commentary, etc., please share your link in a comment below.

0BerlinPremiereBackdrop--GoldandtheDragonDec0713Ba1_viRIgAEabK1.jpg largeThe Berlin Premiere organizers went all out in creating the ambiance of Smaug nestling amongst the gold of Erebor. Fabulous!  There was even smoke coming out of the dragon’s nostrils.  The broadcast hosts said that there were over a million golden coins in the display–and they gave some of the golden coins to the THDofS cast they interviewed at the Berlin Premiere, as well as, to some of the fans waiting in the cold to see the stars.

The beautiful Evangeline Lilly
(who portrayed the Silvan Elf Tauriel)
was an early arrival who graciously
signed autographs for fans in the
biting cold.

41-BerlinDofsPremBrownMcTavishDec0913GratianaLovelaceCapAdam Brown (who portrays the adorable Ori) and Graham McTavish (who portrays the warrior Dwalin) are interviewed.  I do believe that Graham McTavish has quite impressive shoulders! Don’t you agree, Jazzy? Ha!  Graham is my 2nd favorite Dwarf warrior–out of makeup, that is. Ha! I think you can guess who my favorite Dwarf warrior is–in or out of his THDofS make up. *wink*  Ha!

11-BerlinDofsPremArmitageDec0913GratianaLovelaceCap-shrpNice suit Richard Armitage! You look handsome and poised as ever!  May I just push that errant hair off of your forehead for you? Ha! And by the way, I loved seeing shots of Richard Armitage signing autographs for fans–and not those guys trying to sell autographs pushing fans out of the way.  Right on, Mr. A!


20-BerlinDofsPremSheeranArmitageDec0913GratianaLovelaceCapSinger songwriter of the film’s closing song  “I See Fire”, Ed Sheeran (red hair), talked about imagining Thorin Oakenshield as he wrote the song.  The song title refers to Thorin’s line in THDofS:  ‘If this is to end in fire, then we all burn together.”  I get chills whenever I hear Richard Armitage deliver that line as Thorin in the THDofS Sneak Peek trailer by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Then Richard Armitage who portrays Thorin Oakenshield was invited over to chat about the film and the song and graciously greeted one of the broadcast hosts.  Linked here is a clip of that interview segment.

26-BerlinDofsPremArmitageDec0913GratianaLovelaceCapRichard Armitage replied to the broadcast interviewer’s question about the importance of song to the film, that he created a playlist of songs for himself to get his head inside his character of Thorin Oakenshield.  Mr. Armitage’s musical tastes ran the gamut–from classical to rock and beyond, including a little Black Sabbath.  Hmm. What?  No Led Zepplin, “Ramble On?” Ha!

However, if I might suggest a playlist for Thorin:
1)  “Carry On My Wayward Son” by aDOS2-11-RichardArmitage-asThorinOakenshieldDec1013ranet-crop-shrpKansas;  2) “Dream On” by Aerosmith;  3) “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses ;  4)  “You Can’t Take Me” by Bryan Adams ;  and to round out this list with a poignantly yearning classical piece befitting the fiercely regal Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain (right), and a fave of mine, 5) “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven.

31-BerlinDofsPremArmitageDec0913GratianaLovelaceCapSeveral of Richard Armitage’s fans have commented upon his lovely forehead lock of hair shown above–who it reminds us of, and what we want to do with it–mostly pertaining to us having an excuse to run our fingers through RA’s hair. Sighhhh!  It will never happen, but we can dream.  Ha!

37-BerlinDofsPremArmitageDec0913GratianaLovelaceCapOoh!  Love the designer facial stubble on stars like Richard Armitage!   It says to me that he shaved earlier, but he has so much testosterone in his pores that a 5 o’clock shadow ended up becoming a 7:30pm stubble-riffic visage once the Berlin Premiere Red Carpet was well underway.  Ha!

But hey!   If you have ever kissed a man with light to medium stubble, then you know that the slight beard burn provides lovely exfoliation results as part of one’s skin care regimen. So ladies!  Line up for exfoliation kissing to my right.  Ha!  And I fear that were Richard Armitage to be the provider of such a skin care benefit–via a kissing booth or some other fantastical musing–he might find himself with parched lips after the 10,000th or so smooch.  Ha!  So lip moistners are a must.  *wink*

My final pick of my caps is of Richard Armitage charmingly conversing with one of the broadcast hosts–notice his smile.  RA does like his lady interviewers.    I like Luke Evans (standing at right), too!  Did you see that Men’s Health cover Luke did?  Hubba hubba!  And Luke’s solioquoy in THDofS is riveting.

Yes,Richard Armitage tends to be the unfailingly gracious one in group interviews of his THDofS colleagues, by letting the flow go with his costars having  their interview time in the spotlight–such as the Cinemax interview where Benedict Cumberpatch was featured (thanks to RANet for this RAC video link!). Richard Armitage also exudes a confidence about him in these moments when he defers to his colleagues.   Everyone should “take a page” from Richard Armitage’s gracious manners and generosity toward his costars.  However, Richard Armitage shines charmingly and self effacingly in one on one video interviews where we really get to hear his perspectives about his role of Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain (see vids 1-5 below the slideshow).

Now without further ado, here are my 82 THDofS Berlin Premiere Caps that I made as the event was happening live on Monday, December 9th, 2013–during a very long lunch break at home.  Ha!

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Update!:  Oops!  I realized that I forgot to finesse in
my photo editor, the one r80-BerlinDofsPremArmitageasThorininSneakPeekDec0913GratiLCap-crp-clr-brtaw image I meant to  fix–the very dark cap of Richard Armitage as  Thorin Oakenshield in the Sneak Peak trailer that appears near the end of the slide show above.  So here is that enhanced image (Gratiana Lovelace Cap, right):

P.S.  But wait!   There’s more!  Roaming around various interviews and such in the last couple of days, I decided to include these links here at the end–kind of like a Grati’s Extended Edition Post. Ha!  However for all the RA news, pictures, and vids, visit www.RichardArmitageNet.Com  and

1)  A great Richard ArmitageTHDofS interview, link shared by Kitty (Thanks!):
“Richard Armitage Talks THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG …”, video by AMC Theatres


2)  A lovely BBC Radio THDofS Interview of Richard Armitage by Adele Roberts link shared by Kathleen (Thanks!):


“Richard Armitage talks about The Hobbit with Adele Roberts on 1Xtra” (Image via 1Xtra) 



3)  Richard Armitage talks in depth about his experiences portraying Thorin
RANet shared a link to a wonderful New Zealand Herald interview with Richard Armitage (who portrayed Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain) and Lee Pace (who portrayed Elven King Thranduil) that share new insights from Richard Armitage about his experience filming and acting in The Hobbit trilogy of films:

“The Hobbit’s clash of the kings”, Dec., 07, 2013



4)  Another link shared by Kathleen (Thanks!), this time of an interview video on Allocine–a French film site that has oodles of good stuff on it–that contains interview of several cast members. Richard Armitage speaks about the depths of Thorin’s despair.  And I especially like what Evangeline Lilly has to say about why the new character she portrays, Tauriel, is important and relevant to THDofS:

RichardArmitageAllocineInterviewsofTHDofSCastDec0513  EvangelineLillyAllocineInterviewsofTHDofSCastDec0513
Interview de Richard Armitage pour Le Hobbit : la Désolation de Smaug

5)  And finally,  my favorite of the Waterstones Piccadilly (from December 6, 2013) Richard Armitage interview videos by Valentina Armitage–because Richard Armitage gets a chance to talk in depth about his character portrayal of Thorin and how the different aspects of that character comprise the whole Dwarf.  And Mr. Armitage is quite charming, jovial, and relaxed as he talks to fans.  Note that there are a few plot spoilers–such as there being a dragon in the film. Ha!:




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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20 Responses to Vini, vidi, Vi-capped: Grati’s Caps from the Berlin THDofS Premiere Dec. 9th, December 11, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #482)

  1. utepirat says:

    What a great post, thank you so much. We stood at the beginning of the red carpet and couldn´t see the actors giving their interviews, just listen to their voices.

    I felt a bit ashamed for the circus question, but RA managed it so well… Thanks so much for sharing the link.


  2. jazzbaby1 says:

    I love your playlist but since he said Black Sabbath I’d add “War Pigs.”


  3. Hi Herba, Ute, Ania, & RichardTH! Thanks for liking this post! Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. Dec. 11, 2013–RAC tweeted a link for a DofS Cast interview video by Total Film. I haven’t viewed it yet, I’m heading back to work.

    “Peter Jackson & The Hobbit cast on There & Back Again”


  5. Dec. 11, 2013–MarciaBB (Thanks!) shared a link to a Portuguese language THDofS review (It has some spoilers. So you are forewarned):


  6. Dec. 11, 2013–Zan shares her Madrid THDofS Premiere Caps (Thanks to Armitage Agonistes blogger for reblogging it and pointing meto it!):

    My comment to her: Thanks for these Madrid caps! Gorgeous RA’s mousse tamed hair here makes him look elegant and a bit older. Someone needs to muss his hair up for him. Ha!
    P.S. And that “teal” (?) colored tie isn’t a shade I would pair with that shirt color. Hmmm.


  7. Dec. 12, 2013–Servetus shares her Madrid Premiere caps, a reminder about the RA Fans JUST GIVING Back charitable giving campaign, and holiday wishes:


  8. Dec. 12, 2013–Thanks to Kitty for sharing the link to the Getty page where pictures of Richard Armitage at the THDofS premieres–Madrid, Berlin, then LA–may be viewed and purchased!


  9. Dec. 12, 2013–And Kathleen (Thanks!) shared the Zimbio link for even bigger closeups of the Madrid THDofS Premiere. Scroll through them by clicking the arrows to the left and right.


  10. Dec.12,2013–TORN posted an interview with Richard Armitage today (interview is from Dec. 2nd) where Richard Armitage (who portrays ThorinOakenshield in THDofS) is asked by TORN’s Larry Curtis about his character preparation and focus versus onset comaraderie.

    Around 1:14to 1:40 etc., Richard Armitage replies: “Um. It’s something that always plays on my conscience. ’cause. And I finish a job and I think, god, I really should have had more fun playing that. But I .. Cause I probably do take myself a bit too seriously. Um But I just found there were so … you know, plotting where Thorin is in his journey. And … and figuring out w … It’s such a long story where we were and what I wanted to achieve. I just had to really concentrate. …”

    Well said Mr. Armitage!


  11. Dec. 12, 2013–Servetus has a post with Ellie’s experiences and pictures of her with the stars at the THDofS Berlin Premiere. Fabulous!


  12. Dec. 15, 2013–RANet (Thanks!) the link for the full taped version of the livestream for the THDofS Berlin Premiere:


  13. Servetus says:

    Thanks for the link love!


  14. Feb. 02, 2014–I happened belatedly upon a newish blogger named StarWispers who shares her pix from being at the Berlin Premiere:


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