I have a confession. I have the hots for a dwarf I’ve never met. But he’s not just ANY dwarf. He’s Thorin Oakenshield, a prince of sorts, next in line to the throne (I think). He’s the strong, silent type. A leader who oozes power. A man (?) on a quest to right the wrongs done to his people. A fallible hero. A stare that suggests he’d take you in a breathless night of unforgettable, middle-earthly passion. And his voice–that deep, melodic, vibrating voice. I swear I’m genetically programed to physically respond to those deep sound waves in a very primal way.
And at 6′ 2″, he’s taller than the average dwarf.
The actor behind the beard is Richard Armitage, an actor I’d never seen. As I did some research, I quickly discovered I’m not the only woman who has been floored by his eyes and voice. There’s a name for his followers, The Armitage Army. How hilarious is that? Well guess what? I’ve happily joined their ranks. So who is this man and how have the British hid him from us Americans for so long?
Richard Crispin Armitage is 41 years-old and began his acting career as a teenager. He’s had a long journey, acting in both stage and TV productions, mainly in England. He played in BBC’s North & South, Robin Hood, and ShakespeaRe-Told series. He was also a German spy in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger. I might just see that movie again to get my Armitage fix. . .
For future works, he’ll continue to play Thorin in the next two Hobbit installments (which I’ll see just because of him), and he’s staring in a thriller called Black Sky, set to be released this year.
Here are some links for more info:
An interview by a Finnish station, Helsginin Sanomat