04 July 2011

Richard Armitage on 'The Hobbit'

Richard Armitage recently spoke with Total Film regarding his role in the upcoming 'Hobbit' films by Peter Jackson.

Armitage, who will play the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, adds that 'The Hobbit' will be different from the style of 'The Lord of the Rings.'

“There’s going to be quite a lot more humour. The book is so focused on the dwarves, so I think it’s a chance for Peter [Jackson] and Fran [Walsh] to really look at that whole race in more detail, their heritage and what they’re like as characters.”

Of wielding Thorin's legendary goblin sword, Orcrist, Armitage adds: “It’s bloody heavy! But it’s absolutely beautiful to look at. Every time they bring something new out everyone gasps. The armour that the dwarves emerge from the mountain wearing at the end of the film will be the armour of all armour.”

Armitage also reveals that he is a huge Tolkien fan, and feels quite comfortable filming in New Zealand.

“There was a scene in The Lord Of The Rings where they find the stone trolls, and they’re identical in The Hobbit," he says. "I love those moments, when you link into the world of the film that you’ve seen before.”

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