Saturday 27 July 2013

Gaubdûkhimâ gagin yâkùlib Mahal, King Thorin!*

* “May we meet again with the grace of Mahal, Thorin!”
(a formal goodbye in Khuzdul, the secret language of the dwarves of Middle-Earth)

“Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.”
(From ‘Roads go ever on’ by JRR Tolkien)
I’m sure you’re all aware that filming for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has now completely wrapped. If not, take a look at Mr. Jackson’s official Facebook page, where he has been live blogging the last day of shooting on Friday.
Of course, this also means that Richard Armitage is now finally allowed to really let go of Thorin Oakenshield. As he’s lived with this character for about 2,5 years, that can’t be an easy thing to do.

There are a few things Richard could do to ease the Thorin/Richard break-up. I have a few suggestions:

1. I hate to say it, but he could get rid of the beard. Apparently, Dean O’Gorman couldn’t wait to shave off his beard after wrapping his scenes as Fili, he even posted a picture on Twitter!

"I'm wrapped, and so is the beard!" says Dean O'Gorman as he prepares to say goodbye to the Fili beard
Here's a scary thought: Could this really be the very last picture of Richard Armitage rocking the beard? (For the record: I hope it's not!)

Picture tweeted by Graham McTavish: "Some very tired and emotional dwarves last night..."
Left to right: Richard Armitage (Thorin), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Jed Brophy (Nori), Peter Hambleton (Gloin)
 2. Richard needs to get away from everything that reminds him of Thorin. In other words, he needs to get out of Middle-Earth/New-Zealand. Like Stephen Hunter, who has already left. He shared a lovely goodbye message on Vine:

A change of scenery is perfect for a new start, preferably somewhere that is completely different from New-Zealand. Well, how about New York City? It seems, Richard has just bought a very nice apartment in Greenwich Village. This could just be the perfect place to drop off the grid for a while…

3. The best way to step away from Thorin Oakenshield, must be to get involved in a new project. Batman? Some vampire? A King from days gone by? The new Doctor in Doctor Who? Rumours are flying and I’m sure Richard can now afford the luxury of picking the roles that he really believes in.

Well, my vote goes to none of the above. I’m crossing my fingers for the lead in a play in London’s West End. Now that would be a dream come true for me! So, Richard, I hope you’re paying attention!

Any more suggestions?


  1. Whatever it is, I'm pulling for something light and charming. In my opinion (which is worth about zilch, lol) it's time for another lovely Harry type... :}

    1. As long as it's different, I'm OK with it! And what could be more different from grumpy Thorin than lovely, smiling Harry!

  2. Here's to wishes coming true! I'm hoping we'll see him on Broadway with something too

    1. That could just be the very best excuse for me to plan another trip to NYC!

  3. I'm hoping he will shift gears and take on Dawsey Adams in "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," also starring Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn). In this role, RA would return to his roots as a romantic lead, and be a part of a small, lovely production based on a best-selling book. After that? Take a rest until PJ finishes The Hobbit films and (hopefully) takes over the James Bond franchise as producer/director and cast RA as 007 and, in doing so, return that series to its original, sophisticated roots.