It was a good weekend. I have officially seen Harry Potter 7.2 twice, and am doubly depressed now. (In all seriousness, I don’t know what they expect us to do with ourselves now that it’s over.) I also had the opportunity to watch more Star Trek: The Next Generation via Netflix streaming. Oh, yes, and we had the first The Dark Knight Rises trailer released with HP no less. I believe there are some pirated versions on (Beware of the fan mades!)


In case it hasn’t been made apparent by now, I am a fan of many different ‘verses. Which is why this weekend was awesome for my general nerd, because of those things listed above, and *gasp!* Peter Jackson has finally thought it prudent to bestow upon us the first shot of Thorin (Dwarf of Awesome!) from The Hobbit.


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The entire getup looks quite… Klingony wouldn’t you say? Very Martok-esque with the hair. Even the sword, which is beautiful by the way, looks like it would be mounted somewhere in Worf’s quarters.


I am not ashamed to say that I literally leaped up and down, clapping my hands, and squeed when I saw this photo yesterday. (Just ask Beatrice Blythe.) Why? Because that, my friends, is the fabulous Richard Armitage underneath all of that armor and makeup.


I am happy to say that I have been a fan of Richard’s since about spring of 2006, when I saw the BBC miniseries North & South. (Not Patrick Swayze in the U.S., mind you.) The man won me over right then. You can also see him as Guy of Gisbourne in the latest BBC television series Robin Hood. He also plays the love interest of the adorable Geraldine Granger in last The Vicar of Dibley Christmas special.


Now, however, Richard is going main stream. I’m so proud! I was thrilled beyond belief when I found out he was cast as such an important role in The Hobbit. What’s even more thrilling is that you can also catch him this coming weekend as Heinz Kruger (evil Nazi in the trailer) in Captain America.


I would like to pause for a moment in my fan girl support of Richard to examine the costume a little more closely, because it is amazing. One of the first things I noticed about this was his hands. Those are not his hands. (Thank the Powers that Be!) I am in love with Richard’s hands. The only things of Richard that is still left are his eyes and mouth. Here, have a picture of Normal Richard purely for referencing purposes:



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As you can see, I like to “reference” images of him quite a bit.


I could not be happier with Richard’s success (I’m sure he shares in my happiness. :P), and that his fan girl base will do nothing but expand over here in the U.S. I’m so excited to see what other projects he’ll be involved in from here on out. And, like Tom Hardy in Star Trek: Nemesis, Hey, I saw him first!