Facebook kindly reminded me of a wonderful, non glamorous Richard Armitage as King Thorin portrait images from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies that became one of the Thorin Oakenshield’s publicity posters for the film (the dirty gritty looking Thorin in closeup at right).
And that got me to thinking about the many different character publicity portrait images of Thorin Oakenshield and how each portrait image gave a glimpse into an aspect of the character and the history of Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain.
So in my going back and perusing some of the publicity for the The Hobbit trilogy of films, in general, I realized that the Thorin portraits/posters had gone from glamour shots in the beginning of an idealized and perfectly coiffed and armoured up Thorin, to portraits of the struggling King in Exile trying to keep it together, and/or battle weary by the end.
Some selected publicity character portrait/poster images of Richard Armitage as Thorin (3 images for each year): 2012 THAUJ , 2013 THDofS , 2014 THBOFA appear below (courtesy of www.RichardArmitageNet.com at their Hobbit Stills Gallery).
THAUJ 2012 Thorin as: a young Prince in training, a seasoned warrior, and a mythical Prince/King (with sparkly snowflakes):
THBOTFA Thorin as: the dejected and tormented King, a close up of a distrustful King, a determined warrior King
By the close of The Hobbit story in the trilogy of films, Thorin had achieved his goal of restoring his people to their homeland–but he sacrificed himself for it, and to it. And I cannot help but draw analogies to historical and modern day refugees struggling to find a new homeland where they can be safe, happy, prosper, and rebuild their lives and communities. We celebrate this valiant struggle in film and in literature, can we do no less in real life?
Having seen and experienced all three films in The Hobbit trilogy several times, I am awed by the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage’s mesmirizingl portrayal of King Thorin Oakenshield in all three The Hobbit trilogy of films! Mr. Armitage’s portrayal of Thorin Oakenshield will certainly last for our lifetimes and beyond as the definitive and vividly vibrant portrayal of the King Under the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield—a man of “loyalty, honor, and a willing heart” to give in service to his people.
And below was one of my favorite fan made Thorin artworks that I saw, by artist called Wisesnail:
So which of these or other Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield portrait images are your favorites? And why, if you wish to share?