Thorin Thursday! Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Publicity Portraits Redux, October 13, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #982)

Facebook kindly reminded me of a wonderful, non glamorous Richard Armitage as  King thorin-thorin-poster-forbofa-693x1024_oct1114filmtvnowThorin 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 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):

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THDofS Thorin as: a Young Prince/King, a take no prisoners or spiders Warrior King, and a contemplative King in Exile:

2013--Thorin-DofS-Poster-03Nov13_Aug1615ranet    2013--Thorin-Mirkwood-poster-06Nov13_Aug0615ranet    cDofShobbit-smaug-poster-affiche-thorin-Nov0713lestoilesheroique      2013

THBOTFA Thorin as:  the dejected and tormented King, a close up of a distrustful King, a determined warrior King

2014--Thorin-BOFA-Poster_UK_Thorin_Erebor_HBFA_Aug0615ranet-sized    thorin-thorin-poster-forbofa-693x1024_oct1114filmtvnow    thorin-kili-fili-31oct14-thedefiningchapter_oct1216viaranet      2014

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?


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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5 Responses to Thorin Thursday! Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield Publicity Portraits Redux, October 13, 2016 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #982)

  1. LadyGrayse says:

    My favorite is the one of him on the throne from BOTFA – the green one. There’s something poignant about it.
    I actually own that as a poster – most I’ve ever spent on one. It’s framed and hangs in my stairwell, beside a poster (unframed) of Elrond.

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    • Hi LadyGrayse, Thanks for visiting and commenting with your nice note! The green dejected and despairing Thorin on BOTFA is poignant–a man without hope. And yet, with the help of his very good friends and comrades, it is inspiring that he overcomes his struggles and realizes that he can still make a difference for the greater good for his people and for Middle Earth.
      Love that you own the poster, and one of Elrond! That’s neat! For myself, the poster of Thorin and his nephews–the trinity within the triology–is most poignant to me, for their sacrifice Thanks & Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. October 13, 18, & 19, and November 07, 2016–Thanks for liking/starring my Thorin post here! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers! Grati ;->

    discovermarche, ania- zrysiowana ja, Esther, & Carolyn


  3. Esther says:

    I think I like the middle BOTFA one best, with the dirty face, closely followed by the first profile one from DOS. I’m not quite sure what makes me stare at those two images most, I think It’s something about the intensity, although, in fairness, the other images are intense as well.

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