♛ King Richard Armitage ♛
Richard Armitage currently had a promotion tour for “The Hobbit” in Sydney, Australia.
In one of the interview sessions with an audience, hosted by Popcorn Taxi, where fan-questions were allowed, the question of his interest in King Richard III turned up. Mr. Armitage gave the following answer (Quoted after the transcript by Groovergreen on fedoralady’s blog TheArmitageEffect):
Does he still plan to play Richard III on film?
RA: “Many, many plans but they are all in my mind at the moment. There is a possibility but it is a matter of when and how. Maybe I’ll be too old to do it.’’ (Collective groan of disbelief from the Armitage Army in the front rows.)
(Strangely the question, like another already previously mentioned elsewhere, is completely missing in the pronounced full transcript of the Q&A session on TheOneRing.net, while no gap is indicated.
But already two fans independently reported to have heard this question and his answer at this event, so it is sufficiently confirmed to have been part of the evening in Sydney on May 1st, 2013.)
♛ King Richard III ♛
- Current Archaeology Live!: The King under the car park. The search for the last known resting place of King Richard III, by Carly Hilts (01.05.2013) – Presentation about the process of the discovery and find by Richard Buckley, Archaeological Services, University of Leicester the 2nd of March, 2013:
- Helen Rae Rants (Blog): History Matters: More Ricardian Rubbish, by Helen Rae (03.05.2013) – Response from a Ricardian to the late article in The Guardian about the deductions about King Richard III and his life from the state of his teeths.
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III Society responds to “slab not tomb” decision, by Alan Thompson (06.05.2013) – The Richard III Society now takes open position against a slab and for their design of a tomb, which was designed with much sensitivity and care for the dignity of the deceased king of the late 15th century.
- ITV.com: Former King’s distant relative to lead march through York (06.05.2013) – A march through York took place at noon on May 6th, 2013, lead by King Richard III’s 16th grade grand niece Vanessa Roe.
The march went from the Castle Museum at 12 noon and arrived at Museum Gardens at 2 pm.
- BBC: Richard III burial row campaigners march through York (06.05.2013) – With video interview with Vanessa Roe, a 16th generation great niece of King Richard III.
- The York Press: Marchers mass in York as row over Richard III hots up, by Richard Catton (07.05.2013)
- ThisIsLeicestershire.co.uk: Richard III visitor centre boss sets out his vision, by Peter Warzynski (08.05.2013) – The team behind the planned visitor centre for King Richard III in Leicester.
♛ King Richard Everywhere ♛
- Savannahnow.com: Free enterprise: Crowd sourcing into the future (03.05.2013, updated 04.05.2013) – How King Richard III even can appear in unlikely topic combinations. Here interwoven with great skill.
When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks
- University of Birmingham: Richard III: The real king of history, or marvellous theatrical villain?, by Prof. Michael Dobson (about 01.05.2013) – Please follow the link “Read full opinion” to see the full statement.
- Los Angeles Broadway World: BWW Interviews: Denise Devin on Researching RICHARD III for Zombie Joe’s Underground, by Ellen Dostal (04.05.2013) – A new apporach to Shakespeare’s play about King Richard III – The effect the find in Leicester already has on the interpretation of the dramatic play by Shakespeare.
- TheNorthernEcho.co.uk: Beer brewed in honour of king launched at annual Yorkshire Dales food and drink festival, by Joe Willis (02.05.2013) – Is there even a report if King Richard III liked beer? The current reports about him eating too much suggar do not convince me right now, not after the bad state of teeth in the late Middle Ages in general. But I certainly like a toast brought out for King Richard III with a beer King Richard III and potentially acompanied by a cheese King Richard III. What a feast!
King Richard III Cheese – as it should be, pure white for the White Rose of York.
- BBC: Richard III burial row campaigners march through York (06.05.2013)
Please do understand, that the article lists here on KRA will not take up every topic or mention of King Richard III, but strongly select, what really contains some new information and might be of interest to historically interested and film- and Richard Armitage supporting readers of this blog.
♛ Kingly Richard ♛
After I wetted your appetite for our King in “The Hobbit” in my last post, I at least need to show you more about this wonderful training program for our hotly awaited King Richard III. Richard Armitage really impersonates a mighty and fierceful warrior and worthy leader of the dwarves, not unlike another King with rich military prowess, we await hotly to be depicted in a film:
- George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: Video-Interview – Richard Armitage mentioning King Richard III again as inspiration for his role as Thorin Oakenshield. Especially the self awareness of having a potential of being corrupted, seems to have found its way from Shakespeare’s depiction into the interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s king of the dwarves Thorin Oakenshield. (Topic starting at about [6:30] and Richard III is mentioned at about [7:00] in the video interview.)
- Tribute Entertainment Media Group, Canada: Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Interview | Movie Interview – Video interview with Richard Armitage, by Bonnie Laufer Krebs (published 13.12.12)
♛ King Richard & Music ♛
That Richard Armitage is musical is at no doubt, playing the cello and the flute and being in musical theatre for a time, though with the song “Mysty Mountain” he sang for “The Hobbit”, he repeatedly stated that the goal was to sound not like a musician, but an untrained warrior singing the song with nearly religious meaning for his dwarve-race.
Richard Armitage in the video-interview with Access Hollywood, Canada:
For me, as I thought most of my childhood I would become a musician, the connection between Richard Armitage, King Richard III and music is a very special one. So the next news really got my undivided attention and I want to present this new aspect of King Richard III research to you:
Concert to tell the story of King Richard III:
Time: Friday, January 11th, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Leicester, Fraser Noble Hall
Who: Ensemble TritonE
Newly formed trio led by
Janet Forbes, a graduate of the Royal Conservatory, The Hague
Mary-Jannet Lieth, Royal College of Music, London
Elspeth Robertson, Royal College of Music, London
£5 for general public
£3 for Society for Historical Archaeology delegates
Tickets available at:
University of Leicester Shop
Works from the Glogauer Liedbuch (15th Century German manuscript collection of songs)
Franco-Flemish repertoire from the Low Countries
Jane Forbes has been researching King Richard III’s life and travels, which help her select the kind of music he would have grown up with in England as well as during his time abroad. The concert will have singing and dance music, as well as more serious pieces, to show the spectrum of the contemporary music of King Richard III.
Jane Forbes said about the discovery in Leicester:
When I first heard about the discovery it was really exciting. The music will provide an amazing context to the life of someone like Richard III. We are trying to pick music from places he visited and pieces written about things he was doing.
Now I am really sorry to live nowhere near Leicester, the heart of the research and now the place of this concert with music, which will bring King Richard III’s life back. It would be a dream to be able to hear the concert in January 2013.
Music is one of the main reasons for me, why I so much hope, a film as planned by Richard Armitage can be made about King Richard III.
As “The Hobbit” by Sir Peter Jackson so vividly shows right now, a film well made speaks to so many senses and inspires the imagination.
I hope for a revival, a shown interpretation of King Richard III’s life and times, where the music is such an essential part to bring the time to life again.
♛ Leicester News ♛
Just when I was about to close this article, news breaks that the results about King Richard III might already be definitive, but are not revealed yet, befor the TV screening of the Channel4 documentary.
As these are still rumours, I want to refrain from pronouncing, the results are in, but want to remind, that former researchers not so long ago would have had to base their results on the already revealed circumstancial evidence alone and would not have had the technical equipment we nowadays have, to find out more.
- Daily Mail Online: Human remains found in Leicester car park DO belong to Richard III… but scientists are holding back findings until Channel Four documentary is aired, claims insider – by Anthony Bond (15.12.2012)
- The Telegraph: Carpark skeleton will be confirmed as Richard III – by Nick Collins, Science Correspondent (15.12.2012)
♛ Kingly Richard ♛
- TheOneRing.net: Richard Armitage talks to TheOneRing.net – mentioning King Richard III in the Shakespeare version as method to prepare for his role Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”. What characteristics did he take from the king?
[…]I ended up using Henry V, Richard III and Macbeth as soliloquies that I could use to get some vocal production going. […] the self hating deformity of Richard III was sort of relevant […].
- The Hobbit Premiere in London: I am off to go on an adventure and will see “The Hobbit” and especially ‘our’ king, today. Not in London, but almost. High frame rate 3D and in English. What a dream come true on a very special day ;o)
For all who want to join the Premiere event of “The Hobbit” in London, CinemaXX has a live stream of the event here: CinemaXX
The live stream will begin at 18:15 o’clock German time, which is 5:15 p.m. U.K. time.
- TheOneRing.net: Video about the Misty Mountain “The Hobbit” song of Richard Armitage on YouTube – for all who like me can’t get enough of our king singing:
♛ King Richard ♛
- GeeksAreSexy.net: 2012 in Review: 9 Important Archaeological Discoveries – King Richard III is no. 8 of those important discoveries of the year 2012. The message, that the DNA research will take another 12 years to finish, requires to keep patient. (10.12.2012)
- Yorkshire Post: Winter of discontent as we await the truth – Among other points, poses the question if Tudor King Henry VI intentionally prevented pilgrimages to the burial place of King Richard III by placing him in a friary instead of an openly accessible parish church. (10.12.2012)
- The Guardian: Genetic testing: To catch a king, by Joanna Moorhead – How the research about King Richard III and his relatives today goes on. (08.12.2012)
- 16×9 (Global News Canada): Old Bones: Possible Richard III remains and DNA link found – Video on YouTube about the search for King Richard III in Leicester, with short interview with Dr. Ashdown-Hill and Dr. Turi King – Embedding was not possible, but the video is well worth to watch in its detailed review about the research methods. (01.12.2012)
Full article about “Old Bones” (Global News, Canada – Sean Mallen, Claude Adams, Megan Rowney, 16×9: November 26, 2012)
- History Today: Richard III and the Historian’s Quest – Paul Lay about “The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey and “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel (29.11.2012)
- npr: Renee Montagne speaks with Member of Parliament Chris Skidmore of Bristol about what are likely the recently discovered remains of Richard III, and attempts to clear the ruthless reputation of the former English king. (29.11.2012)
Christmas is coming fast and this year, actor Richard Armitage with his current film project “The Hobbit”, for which he travels Canada and the U.S.A. right now, really helps us with Christmas gifts for our loved one’s.
As Zazzle allows commission fees, the idea grew to use the fandom and fan-influence for a good cause.
RichardArmitageNet.com earns fees for charities from sales through Amazon and
CDoart set up an account, to collect fees from sales through Zazzle, which the KingRichardArmitage website joins and recommends to participate, to make an impact through our collective charitable efforts.
Zazzle has a special “The Hobbit” shop, but on all products available on Zazzle and in all international Zazzle Shops, commission fees will be earned when using the given entry links.
The income will be given to the recommended charities by Richard Armitage at Just Giving.
Help us by joining our charitable efforts. Thank you !
(Image and link to Zazzle is also newly embedded in the right sidebar.)
Zazzle has quite a global representation and the links to selected local stores (with the affiliation code to generate the income for charities) are listed here:
Zazzle U.S.A. and worldwide
More country links at:
Lord of the Rings
♥ Richard Armitage Gift Bomb ♥
To create an impact of fandom, is also the effort of a new initiative among Richard Armitage fans, the Richard Armitage Gift Bombing of his charities, to show the enjoyment and support of his fans:
Initiated by Servetus and taken up by Judiang and established with a logo by Gratiana Lovelace, it already is a collective fan initiative:
(Please mention “gift bomb” in your message [German fans may think of creative alternatives, to show the connection to the collective fan-enjoyment/appreciation initiative.])
Yesterday, November 28th 2012, the Premiere-event for “The Hobbit” by Sir Peter Jackson took place in Wellington, New Zealand.
But what can this have to do with King Richard III?
A lot, considering Mr. Armitage, the actor who plays the leading character Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” and the reason for the existence of this website, took part.
On the red carpet, Mr. Armitage was interviewed by many reporters, but the key question for us came from a fan in the crowd, who was following the red carpet event in Wellington.
Unfortunately, in the material broadcasted by TVNZ in the One News Hobbit Special, which was presented by Wendy Petrie, I can’t make out the question of the fan, though from the voice it is a woman. The reporter next to her unfortunately does not lend his microphone to her, but Mr. Armitage’s answer is recorded very well:
I would love to play King Richard. I may be a little bit too old and a little bit too tall, – but I played a dwarf.
TVNZ One News does not enable an embed code, so here comes the link to the full Hobbit Special, which takes about an hour (and has embedded advertisements).
The interview with Richard Armitage starts at about 23:30 and the quote is at 24:20.
Let’s loose no further time, let’s try to get him into the role of King Richard III by signing the petition !