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Daily Archives: July 10, 2012

The New Panoramic Picture of The Hobbit – and I like the view!

And so it begins!

Prepare yourself, as it has started raining the Hobbit!

I’ve heard voices that the Hobbit should be renamed the Dwarf.

Something to ponder, Sir PJ!

The new panorama picture is breathtaking! Thanks Bccmee!

I started to take it apart, then I found that The One Ring had done a brilliant job of it.

Best leave the analysis to the more knowledgeable!

The storybook picture really is brilliant for people who know The Hobbit very well.

If, like me, you need a helping hand, I highly recommend you check out their post.

We, the RA fans, always knew Richard Armitage is an incredible actor, and would excel in any role.

Luckily, Sir PJ and his people saw potential in Richard, and gave him one of the leading parts in such a big project.

Now, the rest of the world will learn about him.

Does that make us, the Armitage admirers, superior in our taste, as we recognized his talent long before most people had?

I’d like to think the answer is YES! ūüôā

He looks majestic and proud!

And that’s just how I feel when I look at this picture of Armitage.

My favorite section of the panoramic pic is this:

It shows Gandalf arriving at Bag End.

Then it moves on to The Unexpected Party, with the dwarves drinking to the success of their mission, and Gandalf looking on, sensing that trouble may lay ahead.

The right side shows Thorin and Bilbo, and the troll cauldron.

It will make you wish December was here!

My North & South Anniversary 6/7. John Thornton, Manufacturer and Magistrate

You can read my post on Victorian wallpaper here.

John Thornton, master at Marlborough Mills, a prominent manufacturer, and a leader in the Milton community.

He is also the magistrate in Milton, which is  a great honour, and shows his importance.

No wonder Mrs. Thornton is so proud of her dashing son.

A magistrates court is a court that deals with smaller crimes like  minor assaults, breaches of the peace, drunk and disorderly conduct, vagrancy and minor poaching,  etc.

Victorian magistrates would generally deal with local cases, and if the cases dealt with are quite serious, they would be sent off to the high courts.

In Victorian times theft  was considered, even of the smallest amount, a more serious crime.

While prostitution was a summary offense, Victorians viewed it as the “great social evil” of the time as they struggled to deal with issues of poverty and deviance from the norm.

The magistrates sentencing powers was limited.

They would also hear more severe cases, then refer them to Crown court because the possible  sentence for being found guilty is higher than they can impose.

Local parish Constables were strictly limited by their immediate superiors, the magistrates.

In industrial cities, it was the successful middle-class manufacturers that were nominated for the post.

This meant a conflict of interests.

When workers wanted to state their grievances towards their master, it would be a fellow mill owners that judged the case.

Although we can assume that Thornton would be a fair judge, he also used his power to his own advantage.

By ruling that the death of Leonards was accidental, he saved Margaret from a further embarrassing inquiry.

This must have cost Mr. Thornoton a great deal, as he used his influence to protect the honour of the woman who had rejected him.

In truth, it shows that people of a certain class would act to protect one another.

Had Margaret not been present at the station, Thornton would have demanded a further investigation.

This is yet another reason why it’s good to be loved by John Thornton!

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