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Armitage Weekly Round-Up Week 8

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Welcome to week 8 of the Armitage Weekly Round-up.

 Guylty almost developed a case of sprained finger and wrist from clicking up and down the Tumblr feed to pick out the best of microblogging, so check out the Tumblr Round-Up for week 8.

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Here are the RA/Hobbit/OT posts, I hope they brighten up your day ūüôā

Still spReAding the love!

ZaRYSIOwana serves up some Heartbreaking Guy (Polish, breathtaking photos)

Some more Guy, courtesy of Zan, sunny-side up

A Guy waking dream is enough to brighten up the day

The best image to recommend John Porter apart from naked Porter abs and pecks

Need a portable RA shrine? Guylty’s got it covered

Prue Batten’s Guy of Gisborne’s books really can be a Friday Favorite

Does Richard suffer from gynopogonophobia? *checks for stray chin hairs*

On Nazg√Ľl‚Äôs– I love a man in black…

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Hey, have you ever wondered if you might be *gulp* Smaug?

Grati looks at the simple gifts of love.

The RA thumb appreciation society seems to be growing, right Siriouslygrednforge? And a word/image from the RATAS founder

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The perfect hot beverage to sip on when reading The Hobbit

It warms my heart when Richard is included in a “perfect casting” pick. Make it so!

I really need to pack a suitcase and head to Hobbiton (and yes, I know I say that almost every week)

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Will Comic Con get the dwarf treatment in 2014? Here’s to hoping!

To celebrate, how about a Dwarvicise video to build up a sweat (an oldie but goodie).

Hey dwarves, let’s get physical!

Don’t forget to check out Guylty’s Tumblr Round-Up!

Holy Dwarfballs, Desolation of Smaug is dragonlicious!

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I’m back from my adventure, I met a group of rowdy dwarves AND I saw Smaug the dragon (albeit portrayed on the New Zealand Air plane at Munich Airport).

I had an amazing time and will be sharing the highlights in upcoming posts.

Today I’ll focus The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug which I saw on Friday at Leicester Square Odeon at 12.45 courtesy of the wonderful Guylty who gifted me¬†my precious tickets¬†¬†ūüôā

This is not a review, just a few observations.

I’ve only seen¬†the film¬†once and will not be continuing my gushing in a cinema till it’s out on the 27th of December, when Poland catches up to the rest of the world…

I finally went to see it with my BFF who is most certainly not a Tolkien fan but decided he could use a 3 hour nap.

As we were queueing up to enter he turned to me and said:

Holy fuck, look at me standing in line with all the other geeks!

Yup babe, you’ve finally arrived in Coolsville, welcome ūüôā

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I’m pretty sure I wrote about how weird (and not in a good way…) I found the 48 fps.

I felt like I was watching a program on¬†The Discover Channel HD and that’s not necessarily what you want from a film.

This time around it did not bug me but at all, although the difference between 24 and 48 fps must be significant as Max was traumatized and kept muttering about it looking like an 80s TV series.

Oh dear, guess maybe the technology won’t win movie goers over any time soon.

I wonder if it didn’t bug me because I knew what to expect or because on the whole many scenes in DOS are dark or contain fight sequences and the new technology lends itself to that better.

As Richard said, the film is fast paced from the get go and doesn’t ease up for a second.

I’ll just say it, in my humble opinion it wiped the floor with AUJ!

I’ve always said that for me¬†AUJ dragged a tad in places and it felt one scene too long, although which one I would eliminate I cannot tell you.

I actually made a rookie mistake of gulping down what was the equivalent of a bucket of Diet Coke prior to venturing to Middle Earth and I was hard pressed to find a moment that seemed appropriate to sneak out to the loo.

They should start handing out Hobbit themed potties at the cinema, just an idea…

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Anyway, I¬†feel like they have managed to recapture that LOTR magic that was somewhat lacking in this last Hobbit part,¬†but I refuse to believe that it was as simple as introducing the elves, although Thranduil had me snapping my fingers and saying: Bitch so sassy! ūüėČ

I really enjoy the introduction of new characters, including Tauriel and can hardly blame her for falling for Aidan Turner Kili , so no shade throwing please!

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And Smaug!!! Oh Smaug the Stupendous!

Now I know why Cumberbatch is so adamant that playing this part entailed more that simply lending your voice.

I found the whole film ridiculously exciting and I think Sir PJ may well have learned a few things from AUJ and tweaked DOS so it would give LOTR fans more of what they love!

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I can’t really write much about Thorin apart from the fact that I have a thing for Richard unravelling his characters very much like Lucas in season 10.

On the one hand clearly greed and the ever present obsession clouds his mind, but he is still very much protective of his company and kin.

I can’t even tell you how much I enjoyed the Thorin/Thranduil faceoff, but there’s less cattiness on Ru Paul’s Drag Race!

Now now, calm down, you’re both pretty ūüėČ

What were your favourite DOS parts?

Who wins the title of King of Sass?

Another Dwarven’ Fabulous Birthday!

I’m still here and very much alive.

Work has been very busy the past few weeks and I’ve spent every free moment trying to bring the RA Silent Auction¬†together ready for Friday (yes THIS Friday…. may the freak out¬†commence…).

There are a few things I’d like to share with you, but I figured I’ll write about the nicest one and the rest will keep till after the auction is done with.

By the way, if you’re interested in donating for the auction, please email me at rasilentauction [at] wp.pl

We have some amazing items donated, but I’m greedy and want more ūüôā

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Back to the main issue, I’ve written a few times how my family and friends are supportive of my fangirling ways and even end up encouraging them.

I shared with you the amazing birthday cake Magzy designed for me, last year the postman brought me some pretty amazing postcards.

This year my birthday was just as dwavin’ amazing!

It seems that Magzy hit the craft box HARD and came up with  a one-of-a-kind birthday gift!

The adventure started at 8.30 am when I started my quest.

Instead of sweaty dwarves knocking on my door I was handed this lovely box:

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When I opened it puzzle pieces came out:

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When I put the puzzles together I got this crossword puzzle:

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Unfortunately no clues were attached, so I knew my quest was far from  completed.

A few hours later we met up with my BFF who handed me another box:

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Inside was another (bloody hard) puzzle to put together:

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¬†I put my Thorin wig¬†thinking cap on and got down to dwarven’ business.

The box consisted of a puzzle that gave me the clues to my previous puzzle:

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See if you can slay Smaug and guess what the proverbial pot at the end of my birthday rainbow consists of!

The gift is absolutely amazing and a huge THANK YOU to Magzy and her magic fingers (not to mention the rest of her…)¬†for getting crafty and making my B-Day ace!

“Dear Diary, Dwarves dropped by for Dinner” A Halloween Hobbit Ficlet

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Dear Diary,

What an evening I have had!

As I was settling in for a nice quite evening in front of the fire, undisturbed by Tooks, Brandybucks, Gamgees, Hartfoots and all the other nosey Hobbits coming around, eating my food, drinking my wine, trying to offload their daughters, the most extraordinary thing happened.

Would you believe that a whole company of dwarves came crashing through my door insisting to keep ME company!

The only company I needed for company tonight was a nice fried fish and a cup of nice tea to accompany it!

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Let me tell you, dwarves are not at all what I had imagined.

Apparently that giant bearded stalker I mentioned a while back, lurking around mummy’s rose bushes making a racket,¬†decided to invite all his chums to my house this evening.

I knew beardy was trouble the first time I laid eyes on him and I should have turned the sprinklers on to shoo him away.

¬†Mummy always said never to¬†trust¬†anyone who couldn’t be bothered to put on a nice crisp shirt on¬†in the morning.

Who knows what he keeps tucked away under that grey robe, which I presume started out white, but I shall have to count the family silver before he leaves.

And, although proper Hobbits don’t talk of such things, have you seen the size of his pipe?

Compensating much Gandalf? (if that’s even your real name, weirdo…).

Anyway, here I was protecting my home from the onslaught of this motley crew, defending the honour of my poor violated pantry, catching flying cutlery and mugs, and listening to them moaning about mountains, caves and the like.

Maybe they like geography? I like cheese and onion pie but you don’t hear me serenading it!

And what’s the point of a tune you can’t dance to?

Miserable lot…

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And if “Gandalf” looks scruffy, this¬†bunch is just the limit.

I’d heard dwarves like to fight, but they look like they’ve just come back from a scuff with a pack of rabid boar!

Clothes torn, blood dripping from festering wounds, patches of hair yanked out from their scalps.

I could have sworn I caught a glimpse of a bone or sinew.

You try eating your supper staring at an almost torn off ear hanging by just a thread.

Do I really need a sign that says: “Leave your axes by the door! Yes, even the one lodged in your head”?

Being the host that I am, I offered to bring bandages, especially that they were bleeding all over Aunt Rosie’s rug, but they all just laughed.

Dwarf sense of humour? I don’t get it…

“An Orc, a Troll and an Elf walk into a bar…”- now, that’s a joke!

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Anyway, as the evening progressed I found myself slowly dozing off as there’s only so much a poor Hobbit can take.

The Wizard kept banging on about not getting any peace (I know how that feels…), not being able to rest (again, sounds familiar), until their home is reclaimed (so he does get how naughty he was inviting this lot round!).

He insisted I confirm I understand what he’s saying, and as I looked around at muddied boots trampling my rugs, all I could do was nod.

I appreciate the mea culpa gesture “wizard”,¬†but I hope you know a spell that will clean up this awful mess.

Grey kept harping on, using the phrase “roaming the earth in unrest” but the only roaming I saw was to and fro my emptying pantry!

Quite frankly I’m not surprised this lot got locked out of their dwellings because¬†the smell of these creatures is stifling.

¬†I’ll be airing the place out for weeks to come.

There’ve been more pleasant aromas coming out of Old Mother Took’s kitchen, and that’s saying a lot!

¬†I don’t know what passes¬†for polite and¬†stimulating¬†conversation where this bunch is from, but burglary (excuse me, but you’ll find that’s illegal), dragons (¬†The Easter Bunny’s BFF) and maps (enough with the geography already!)¬†just isn’t my cup of tea.

And another thing, these dwarves seem to be autograph collectors or something as they asked me to put my name on a piece of dodgy parchment.

I didn’t have the heart to tell them I’m no one famous, apart from my prize winning pumpkin patch,¬†and my signature will hardly enrich their collection.

Maybe they needed a Hobbit one to round up the whole set?

It seemed to make them happy and shut them up, although that meant that they scoffed down more of my apple strudel.

I must have dozed off again because I could have sworn that when the fat one was gulping down a mug of wine, it all came trickling out from the apparent wound he had in his belly.

I hope he mopped that up.

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I awoke to mummy’s tea pot with the pretty rose pattern¬†flying across the dining room, just as Thorin mentioned heading out tomorrow.

Good riddance stinkies and make sure you take beardy with you!

I hope the first stop you make is at a stream for a good scrub, so you’ll stop inflicting your fly-drawing¬†stench onto the world.

And if you’re going to pinch anything before you go, might I suggest taking a bar of soap.

This is perhaps¬†how you do¬†things in Dwarfville, but¬†that’s not how we roll¬†in the Shire!

Dear Diary, it has been a testing day, but it’ll all seem better in the morning.

Remind me to change the locks, get an electric fence, and dwarf/wizard repellent so we won’t ever have a repeat from¬†today’s catastrophe.

Night night,

Bilbo

What will The Hobbit Extended Edition cough up?

No Stereotype Sunday today, I’ve started my post-graduate course and I¬†didn’t have time to fiddle with RA pics.

RAin check?

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I’ve mentioned before that I wouldn’t be buying the DVD of The Hobbit until the Extended Edition was out.

¬†It’s out on Amazon November 11th, conveniently just in time to stick on my B-Day list (and pop it in Magzy’s account basket as a not so subtle hint).

It seems that it will feature an extra 13-minute cut of the film and almost 9 hours of new special features.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s no doubt that when DOS is out on DVD Jackson will add another 13 minutes to AUJ, we’ll just never catch up.

Talking about special features, 9 hours is a heck of a lot of footage, until you start breaking it down.

Two commentaries is almost 6 hours right there.

Then there are those interesting clips that feature everything but the kitchen sink with regards to production CG etc. which you end up watching once, if that.

The big question is, how much more RA, Aidan, and Dean will we get?

I’d like to list what I would like to see:

– Richard Armitage getting into character (as in slipping into the Thorin costume… and out of it, showering etc.)

– Thorin (Richard) braiding Kili’s (Aidan’s)¬†hair

– Dwarf strip poker

– any bathing under a waterfall configuration

– what the dwarves in barrels were up to after hours

What about you, what new footage would you like to see?

Into The Frustration

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If you’re tired of waiting around for Category Six Black Sky Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Storm to come out, you’re not alone.

Jeeeez, we’ve been talking about it more than we will when the thing actually comes out¬†at some point.

Whatever happened to instant gratification?

Other dwarves are out there, but where is ours?

Aidan Turner is in Mortal Instruments,¬†The Almighty Johnsons series 3 stars Dean O’Gorman, but not a single new thing for poor Thorin.

Is this media blackout because he got lost twice on his way to Hobbiton?

Is the film and TV industry his very own Smaug dragon casting shadow over that which should be his?

If you’d like a good old-fashioned moan about how there’s no news on future RA projects here and now is the place to do it.

Tomorrow is another day and we will wake up full of optimism and we’ll continue rationalizing all that isn’t happening ¬†for Richard.

But let me have my moan day…

Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin…

I came across this interesting picture on Twitter:

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Seems pretty accurate to me as most of the 28% consists of trinkets to decorate the hair.

It raises a valid question: Just how hairy are dwarves?

Can we relate our human preferences on male inhabitants of Middle Earth?

The whole companion looks like it’s taken hair styling tips from¬†an 80s pop band¬†and I shudder (both in fear and in delight) to think what’s happening underneath that bulky clothing.

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I’m not a big fan of overly hairy men and when I see one on the beach with a¬†bearskin on his back, it makes me want to run up and wax that beast right off him, because that’s just animal cruelty…

A unibrow? Such a no no!

I get most men don’t actually have tweezers, but wouldn’t you just lay awake at night waiting for your partner to doze off just so you could pluck a hair or three?

I would and that’s probably one of the reasons I’m single ūüėČ

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This issue raises many questions in an idle mind and needs to be thought through further.

Here are the hairy rules according to AgzyM.

Acceptable hairy areas:

Chest hair which does not spill out to the shoulders

Arm and leg hair, frankly a man looks disturbing without it

Facial hair that doesn’t store breakfast crumbs

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Areas that need trimming:

Head hair because unless you’re an Aidan Turner or Kit Harington lookalike, grunge is dead and buried so it’s time to move on

Nose hair- if I can see it, it needs a trim

Armpit hair, unless you’re planning¬†on braiding and beading it as some sort of Bob Marley tribute.

The errrmmm… southern regions.

If you’re going to invite someone for a picnic, mow the lawn is¬†all I’m saying…

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Wax on and wax off:

Ears are meant for listening and for hearing sweet nothings

Back, not even going to explain

Shoulders, ditto

So what say you, my darling readers?

Do the dwarves need to laser the fuzz off if they’re going to take their clothes off, or are they getting a furry pass on account of being…. well… dwarves?

Still bloggin’ MIA…

I’m still spending (or do I mean wasting???) my free¬†time on tumblr, so here’s an interesting bunch of links between LOTR and The Hobbit which you may have missed (too busy drooling and such at the hsheer dwarf hotness on your screen).

Yup, I’ve seen the whole¬†LOTR trilogy close to 20 times and I missed most of them too ūüôā

Links between The Hobbit and LOTR

Source: I waste so much time

And here are some funny cards from SomeCards

My standards for men have been set by Hobbits, dwarves, elves, and wizards.

I've given up on remembering all the Dwarves names in

Damnit Bilbo, this is the 5th time you've been late for work this month. Let's not make a Hobbit of it, ok?

Today I told my students I am a hobbit and that I am102.  Seemed easier than telling  them my real age.

I'm sorry I took your son's Halloween mask and accused him of being a hobbit in disguise.

Thorin Oakenshield is causing me to have inappropriate thoughts about Dwarves.

Sometime's It's hard to know when a policeman  isn't really two dwarves stacked on top of each other.

Have a wonderful hobbity day ūüôā

On the need of lurking and why tumblr is perfect…

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I’ve been spending a lot of my free time of tumblr recently, and I’m¬† not the only one.

Jas is making it all Richard Armitage pretty with her amazing backgrounds, and Seba has been hiding out there too.

You may ask why a group of bloggers who usually invest their time in posts end up going over to the dark side to do their fangurling (and it does feel like a very dark place at times…).

I can compare it to the feeling of¬†running like crazy in the rain, laughing your head off and I enjoy that freedom, but I’ve written about this before.

It’s fastpace¬†and very energetic, with posts that include either images, grafics¬†or fanfic¬†coming fast amd steady.

There’s a constant stream of new information, literally 24h¬†a day. Think twitter but with pictures, gifs etc.

Another interesting aspect¬†was¬†I’ve found fascinating to watch is the process of ‘discovering’ both Richard and Aidan.

It’s a strange sort of pleasure to witness new¬†Hobbit fans¬†get excited over North and South or Being Human, not to mention when younger¬†viewers realize that Armitage played Kruger in Captain America.

Tumblr is naughty at times, and it fulfills my need to swear, scream, get down and dirty.

We’re sometimes like a bunch of unruly kids who feel the need to break social norms and taboos (hey, I bet some of us ARE teemage kids…).

In other words I allow myself the type of behaiour that I’d feel was crossing the line here.

For me¬†tumblr is¬†a very passive involvement, with pressing the little heart in the corner to show my ‘like’¬†being the most I feel obligated to do.

In other words tumblr brings me back to the good old lurker days when no one knew me from Adam, and that feels good sometimes¬†ūüėČ

I¬†track Richard Armitage, ¬†Aidan Turner, and¬†Thorin, but I’ve also crossed over (waaaaay over) to the dark side.

I’ve ¬†tracked Aidean,¬†meaning stories about the actors playing Kili¬†and Fili (tread carefully, it gets very graphic), Bagginshield (stories about Bilbo and Thorin, especially in a romantic light), and I’ve checked out Durincest, which is pretty self-explanitory and not really my cup of tea.

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I was going to write a post about Hobbit/dwarf fanfic¬†you can encounter, but decided that it’s an individual¬†choice of each and every reader to acknowledge or ignore it.

I was determined not to venture into that territory, although deep down inside I knew that sooner or later I’d break, and of course I did.

When I went to see The Hobbit for the third time I realized that the fanfic¬†had influenced the way I viewed ceratin¬†relationships in the movie, but perhaps the less said about that right now, the better…

If you’re also following the¬†Hobbit¬†fanfic and would like to share your thoughts or a link to a favorite one, please do¬†¬† ūüôā

What does a Hot Dwarf have in his pocket? And it’s not what you think…

Thank You for all your positive thoughts!
My Dad is better, we have a diagnosis and he has his sense of humour back (won’t go into detail¬† about when the hospital priest came visiting), which means he’s on the mend ūüôā
I’ve had a funny sort of day today ferrying people to and from the hospital, running errands, as well as attempting the difficult task of changing my family’s habits¬†by actually making breakfast and dinner and eating it together (a novel concept, sad to say).

I’m actually teaching my Mum to make a healthy dinner in 15 minutes and I can only hope (and dream) that she will actually continue this new food habit once my dad is back home.

At least for a month.

A week maybe? I hope.


This weird day also meant plenty of free time to surf on a computer that wouldn’t allow me to add pictures to my post.
I came across some videos that lifted my mood and me laugh out loud, both courtesy of Empire Magazine.
Firstly, do you know what how dwarves carry in their pocket?

If you’re anything like me,¬†let me tell you the answer isn’t what you think, so get your dirty fangurling¬†mind out of the gutter!
Here’s the answer:

Aidan Turner and a lighter?
I smell a smoker!

No, really, I’d love to smell that smoker (I’m crushing¬†on Aidan Turner hard, can you tell or am I hiding it well?).
In oppose to Andy Serkis¬†Richard Armitage¬†doesn’t reveal¬†his¬†Claridge’s¬†room number, much to the disappointment of¬†women wanting to access¬†their inner Ros Myers¬†and doing a little breaking and entry.

May I also suggest that in future we don’t take Richard and Aidan’s word for it!

I volunteer to carefully examine¬†the pockets for content, just to be thorough…

While we’re on the topic of ridiculously hot dwarves that heat up my Lonely Mountain (I really don’t know what that means but it’s been a weird kind of day, so I’ll take it where I can…), can you name all of them?

Let me try:

Thorin, Kili, Fili…eeerrr….Ori…Grumpy…eerrr…the fat ginger one…eeerrr…. Gollum….

OK, I give up and leave it to the pros:

These videos are adorable and it’s always the simple questions that yield the best answers!

So what do you have in your pocket RIGHT NOW?

Dare I hope someone has a Thorin or Kili action figure in their pockets ūüôā

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