Fasten Your Seat Belts, Richard Armitage Frenzy is Here

We’re kicking into high gear with the world’s introduction to Richard Armitage, and you thought it started when his plane took off from LA. Oh, no, it really started when he landed:

I have never in all my experience as a Richard Armitage fangirl (yes, I’m a girl dammit :D) seen fangirling taken to such extremes, and the euphoria is spreading into all areas.

Our own Janine Pineo being her usual interesting self and actually making me take an interest in gardening! has done a Q&A with Anna about her beloved New Zealand. I wanna go to New Zealand! And I’ll even swear to grow some plants.

‘The Hobbit’ Made Me Do It

How Garden Maine Went to New Zealand and Back Again

• By Janine Pineo •

Back in August, this thought popped into my head: Wouldn’t it be cool to feature plants from New Zealand in The Daily Plant when ‘The Hobbit’ premieres?

Then I went back to picking vegetables or making pickles or whatever bit of garden fun I was doing at the time. Which, if you know your Tolkien, is a fairly Hobbity pastime.

But the idea didn’t fade away. Instead, the little seed that was planted lay dormant for a bit.

It sprouted about the time I met Anna Paton in the land of the Internet, where we were talking about all things Hobbit and many things not.

Anna, you see, is a Kiwi.

Read the rest here.

Wait. I guess that’s supposed only to be about Hobbit excitement. *rolls eyes*

And Heidi, the doubting Thomasina in our midst (see big time skepticism here) has been so overcome by what she’s seeing that she has now recanted her suspicions:

Meanwhile legions of fans are “love bombing” RA’s charities.

So I’m wondering how Richard Armitage Addiction is affecting others. Like, oh say, buying a Thorin Pez dispenser? Eagle Eyed Editor said she saw one. I don’t think she’s quite worked into a frenzy yet (give her time), so she didn’t buy one, and if you did, I won’t hold it against you if you don’t admit it. LOL! For me the euphoric state has untold effect although this blog should be some clue. But two things make it abundantly clear at the moment: 1) I’m considering gardening, which means something has obliterated my usual enmity with plants. Oh, it’s not that I don’t like to look at them, but we keep our distance from each other. 2) I’m going to NYC in December. I really need to have my head examined on that one.

No, I’m not done.

I’m curious about the strange yet not unnatural acts (when considering the impetus) that you’ve gotten up to since the RA frenzy hit. Okay, you can throw in some unnatural acts too. Just keep it clean. And if you haven’t any yet, hang on. :D

Airport shot courtesy of bccmee’s tumblr. Plane shot courtesy of Air New Zealand.

edit: I stand corrected that the Pez dispenser was Lord of the Rings and not The Hobbit, and now I know the real reason Eagle Eyed Editor did not buy one. ;-)


  1. Thanks for the mention. I really want to do something with all this euphoria! Maybe I’ll give all my students an A for the term or something.

  2. Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    What are YOU doing to celebrate Richard Armitage Frenzy?
    [How about a giftbomb?]

  3. Plants are fun! :)

    Thanks, Frenz! I like incorporating the madness into the real world. Obviously. And now everyone can say they are really educating themselves, too.

  4. Frenz, one small correction….I only saw the Lord of the Rings cast as PEZ dispensers. No RA and others from The Hobbit, not yet. But given PEZ’s love of pop culture and collectibles, I think we might see RA as a PEZ someday.

    That could be fun. We could all have a little Richard to keep with us at all times.

    I wonder what our hero would think about being a PEZ dispenser? Bet you he’d either roll his eyes or have a witty remark. Or both.

  5. I have been smoking my credit cards with some of The Hobbit swag–mugs, books, mags, Thorin Key pen and 3D bookmark, and a cardboard cut-out Thorin.

    If I could only win the Thorin wielding Orcrist Weta figure, then I would stick him right next to my Royal Doulton figure of a young girl in my piano room’s display case of my “precious” family heirlooms. I’m sure my grandmother would twirl in her grave about that one–it was her gilt finish, marble, and glass display case. Ha!

  6. EEE, duly edited. :D

  7. Or want one. : D

  8. I’m feeling the excitement. And I’m going to but the first magazine I see with him on the cover! I’ve refrained from buying anything fangirly as of yet, mainly because I’m a dyed-in-the-wool skinflint. But I feel the wave of temptation coming on.
    Whooping and squeezing in public is not mg thing but I think I may need restraining when I go the theater (which I rarely do) to see a film I had no interest in two years ago (haven’t seen any of the other parts of the trilogy).
    It’s just phenomenal to witness RA transform into a star! He’s going to turn heads at all the premieres.

  9. Hilarious. This thing is out of control.

    Yes, I’ve decided he wrote the damn letter.

    And I see one more of you making that damn Spanish magazine photo your Twitter avatar ………………….

  10. Ok, I’ll admit it. I finally bought the Thorin Oakenshield action figure. But only after my husband leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Go on, buy it. You know you want it.” It’s his fault.

    And don’t you dare tell Heidi. She will never let me live it down.

  11. HA!

    If it makes you feel any better, Sam and Felicia bought one FOR ME at Toys R Us this weekend as an unexpected surprise gift! HAHA!

    How about that???

    The 3 of us are doing girls’ night out in Louisville on the 15th — first seeing Hobbit in 3D on IMAX and then hunting Mr. Darcys. Now we all have our own Mini Thorins to take along for the ride.

    Those girls knew I’d never do it myself. I love them. They rock!


  12. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. WAIT.


    Nobody has identified her yet.

    She is so calm and happy. She is not convulsing or fainting or throwing a fit.

    She cannot be human.

    We have discovered an alien from another planet. No woman would be that cool under such pressure. Call NASA, stat. Thank you, that is all.

  13. Ha, I’m glad you’ve got your Thorin, Heidi. Mine is still in his original packaging. Not going to open it.

    My guess, that woman works wherever they are visiting. Lucky woman whoever she is.

  14. I know I’ll buy the Hobbit lego people, but I’m tempted by the cardboard cutout of Thorin…. Which amazes me. I am so NOT a collector of things that need to be dusted.

  15. I am soooo excited about the movie (have my tickets for 48 frames per second/3D) for the 14th! Yee-haw! I love Heidi’s comment about who is in the middle of the photograph!

  16. Lori, Did you get to the movie, and if so, what did you think?! Please share! Write a blog piece if you like! :D

  17. Thorin Pez update

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