THBOFA–The Battle of the Five Armies May have just Added a Sixth Army, November 01, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #653)

What if someone threw a celebratory party for a project that you have worked on for three years of real physical hardship and emotional family separations, and they didn’t invite you to the party? Unthinkable!

Update #1: And here is Kiwi Actor John Callen’s announcement of that as shared by RichardArmitage France on FB:

Well, The One Ring Net (TORN) post tells of the Kiwi Dwarf actors not being invited by Warner Bros Pictures to the TH3BOFA ‘s London World Premiere due to budgetary constraints.   And thanks to VioletDutchBlogger for the heads up!

Update #2 from TORN: Kiwi Dwarves set to attend final Hobbit Premiere in Los Angeles
“Please note: at the request of the film production, we’ve removed our earlier story as it was based upon now out-of-date information.”

Below, as a reminder, is the “Company of Thorin Oakenshield” as Gandalf called them in THAUJ (Image courtesy of ):

Who are these wonderful Kiwi Actors? I may not have known about Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, William Kirchner, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, and John Callen before The Hobbit films, but I certainly do now. Here is a nice article about them (Thanks to RA-US for the link!):


So let’s hope that the cheerful video announcement pasted below about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies World Premiere in London betokens an even more joyous event with the inclusion of the Kiwi Dwarves at the London Premiere:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – World Premiere in London – Official Announcement” by Warner Bros. UK


The Dwarves weren’t the varsity team versus the junior varsity team, they weren’t part time extra help workers, they weren’t even the understudies. They were and are part of the Dwarven group on a quest. They started together and they should finish together–at the World Premiere in London.


So let’s hope that Warner Bros. Pictures opens their purse strings to pop for seven more flights from New Zealand to London and hotel accommodations for the seven Kiwi actors.

Otherwise, we fans–perhaps a sixth army?– might come to think of the THBOFA acronym as referring to:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Full Attendance by all the Dwarves


Additional Reference

Dwarves group portrait link:



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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34 Responses to THBOFA–The Battle of the Five Armies May have just Added a Sixth Army, November 01, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #653)

  1. jholland says:

    It’s mind-boggling. I feel so bad for them. What can the people at Warner Bros be thinking?

    Liked by 1 person

    • True jholland,
      Bad publicity is so much more expensive than WB being gracious and inviting and paying for the Kiwi Actor Dwarves to attend the London World Premiere of THBOFA.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Wendy Butler says:

    Disgusting. Warners have reaped the profits from this trilogy now they do not want to pay probably around $50 to 100k max to send a crucial group of actors to UK especially Dean O’Gorman and the other dwarves.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Perry says:

    Reblogged this on Armitage Agonistes and commented:
    Grati adds her thoughts to the controversy, and a pretty good hashtag.


  4. linnetmoss says:

    Ah, I just confirmed my suspicion that Graham McTavish was one of the dwarves! I liked him and Fili the best :) After Thorin of course!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Christine Na'imah says:

    Brilliant!! TBofFA is much better than TBoFA as a title anyway. I think the LA thing is obviously a bit of frantic backpedaling. Still disgraceful, WB. LA’s an improvement over “order in a pizza, you guys, and celebrate with us AT HOME”… but still, it’s stupid mismanagement of some very valuable assets. Why even go to the trouble of creating 13 separate Dwarf identities if they were really only Thorin, Kili, Dwalin, Balin, and mumblemumblemumbleSomeOtherGuys?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Christine Na'imah says:

      Oops! TBotFA. Tuhbotfah! “TUHBOTFA!!” (snickering and pounding on my shield)

      Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Christine Na’imah,
      Thanks for your nice note! Let’s hope that WB reconsiders and extends a gracious invitation to the seven Kiwi Dwarven actors. And WB should pay for their flight and hotel accommodations should be first rate, to truly make amends.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->
      P.S. I knew what you meant about the acronym. Ha!


  6. Nov. 01, 2014–Here is Richard Armitage France’s earlier FB post about WB not paying for the Kiwi Dwarves that I missed seeing:


  7. Nov. 1, 2014–Thanks for liking/voting for this post!

    joholland, richardtreehouse (tree), linnetmoss, jollytr, and Hariclea


  8. grandtess says:

    They should be at all of the premiers, with the rest of “The Company”

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Nov. 01, 2014–TORN now reporting that WB intended to include the Kiwi Actor Dwarves at the final premiere in LA. Oh really? They should still be invited and hosted to attend the London World Premiere, IMHO.

    WB asked and TORN consented to removing their earlier post. So I have insert an update in my essay above edreflecting that.


  10. Nov. 01, 2014–And Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog shares a Hunter tweet about the Kiwi’s going to the LA Premiere:


  11. Nov. 01, 2014–Hero Complex has a nice essay about BOFA’s potential as a “thrilling finale”:


  12. Nov. 1, 2014–Love this new THBOFA poster shared by The Hobbit Belgium’s Facebook page, via RANet (


  13. Nov. 03, 2014–The Hobbit Movie shares that the thew THBOFA trailer will be released in three days.Love the new poster with Fili, Thorin, & Kili! I tweeted back “I bow to the House of Durin. Valiant Warriors, Noble Leaders, and Legends for all time.”

    Thanks to Perry at Armitage Agonistes for pointing me to the tweet:


  14. Nov. 3, 2014–Don’t forget to vote early and often in the BBCAmerica Anglophenia 2014Man Favorites:


  15. Nov. 03, 2014–Mulubinba reminds fans and producers alike of the joyous beginning and reveal of the 13 Dwarves and the Hobbit to the world three years ago–and what was started, should be finished (in London):


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