Thorin Oakenshield and the Arkenstone wallpaper

By now you have likely seen the latest Thorin Oakenshield image from the iPad version of Entertainment Weekly magazine. I could not believe the beauty that is Richard Armitage as a Middle Earth dwarf! ♥ It looks like it could be all Richard Armitage’s own beard. I just want to stare at this new promo picture all the livelong day!

Again, I couldn’t help making a new graphic. Here’s your base image courtesy of RichardArmitageNet.Com:

Below is your wallpaper which you can click for full size:


Heart of the Mountain – Arkenstone

This graphic went through several incarnations. I created a very complicated version but it didn’t have the right flow so I started over and kept simplifying. It’s impossible to improve upon the beauty of the subject but I had to fill in some space to make it wallpaper sized, LOL! My false starts took awhile but when I found one particular mountain image, everything moved quickly to the final draft.

Below are the component images for this composite:

I never thought a Middle Earth dwarf could have so much sex appeal. Peter Jackson is a genius for letting Richard Armitage shine through.

Are you going to purchase any Hobbit or Thorin-related merchandise such as action figures, jewelry replicas, Legos, etc? If so, which items will you buy? I want an Orcrist butter knife. ;)

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73 Responses to Thorin Oakenshield and the Arkenstone wallpaper

  1. Luciana says:

    Exactly my thoughts when I saw this picture. How beautiful is Richard Armitage as a Middle Earth dwarf! And, as usual, you improved the picture and made a wonderful wallpaper!!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing it with us!!! :-D

    • bccmee says:

      @Luciana: How sweet of you to say! Have to admit, I think I made this wallpaper just as an excuse to look at this stunning promo picture for long periods of time, LOL! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. :)

  2. I call this photo of Thorin ‘The Miami Vice Dwarf’ photoshoot :) What has the world come to? A sexy dwarf! The wallpaper is beautiful Bccmee!

    • bccmee says:

      @IWantToBeAPinUp: Hahaha, that’s a great nickname for this promo picture! He looks beyond anything I could have imagined. ♥ Thanks for your kind words! :)

    • I’m totally giving away my age, but in high school my sister and I were glued to the TV when Miami Vice came on. But I must say, Crockett and Tubbs have NOTHING on this gorgeous dwarf. Peter Jackson is indeed a genius. IWantToBeAPinUp, thanks for suggesting that great title for the photoshoot, and bccmee, beautiful work – as always. Have a great weekend!

      • I take back everything I have ever said about Sir PJ and the Hobbit! I would have NEVER thought that he’d be able to pull off dwarf sex appeal. But then , that’s why he is who he is, and his success is by no means a fluke!

        • bccmee says:

          @IWantToBeAPinUp: Have to confess, I was happy for the challenge of the role of Thorin but didn’t think he would be sexy in the least. I’m happy to be wrong in this case!

      • bccmee says:

        @Joan Chandler: I wish you a gReAt weekend too! Wonder when I’ll recover from that picture. Possibly not till the next one materializes. ;)

        • I think we can expect to see LOTS of new pictures between now and December. The publicity onslought has begun, and that suits me just fine! :)

        • bccmee says:

          @Joan Chandler: In my ideal world, the promotion will come in a steady stReAm and not in floods and droughts, LOL!

  3. Mezz says:

    He is unbelievably, incredibly beautiful isn’t he?!! And your wallpaper is gorgeous too. Another one to add to my collection! Thanks B!! :)

  4. What a beautiful wallpaper Bccmee!
    LOL on your choice of Hobbit-merchandising!! I want an entire set of Orcrist cutlery, an Arkenstone ring and the action figures of all the dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf ;) (I’d better save some money, starting now)
    Have a nice weekend everyone!!

    • bccmee says:

      @Ana Cristina: Hope you get all your toys for Christmas. Maybe SantRA Claus will come down your chimney with his beard and deliver all your gifts to you. ;)

  5. Elaine says:

    Once the world sees THAT face and hears THE voice, most women (and up to 10% of the men) will be swooning and thudding all over the planet. Bccmee, I love your treatment of this photo – I forsee changing my wallpaper………..

    Hope you’re finding ways to stay/get cool in all this dratted heat!! **HUGS**

    • bccmee says:

      @Elaine: I’ve become smitten all over again! ♥ He takes my breath away in that latest picture. Kudos to the photographer. Maybe you can do his next photoshoot…you certainly have an eye for composition. I look forward to our next meeting in person! *HUGS*

  6. Faboamanto says:

    Thorin is so beautiful RA is so beautiful! ! PJ is a genius!
    Thank you for another beautiful wallpaper Bccmee. I think I’ll rotate your two recent Thorin ones on my laptop. Heaven.

    I went through this for LOTR (Boromir don’t you know!) but used my pennies for the DVDs only. But with Thorin I may have to buy a little Thorin, Orcrist earrings or a pendant, maybe a Thorin T-Shirt with that face! Or maybe a poster with the family: Thorin, Kili and Fili! OK – I’m opening a Hobbit savings account right now.

    • bccmee says:

      @Faboamanto: Not sure what paraphernalia I will actually buy since I doubt an Orcrist butter knife will be marketed, LOL! I hope you find really nice versions of your choices and that you blog about them so we can all enjoy them vicariously. :D

  7. Judit says:

    I’ve never bought any film-related merchandise before, but this is RICHARD we’re talking about so I might just make an exception… I’ll first check what’s available with Thorin and then I’ll choose something. Right now, I’m thinking about getting a mug with a Thorin image on it. Preferably the one featured in this post! Love your wallpaper, Bcc! :)

    • bccmee says:

      @Judit: This is definitely my favorite Thorin picture so far. Good idea to get this image imprinted on a mug! ♥ Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

  8. fedoralady says:

    Richard always changes the rules for me. He made tattoos sexy for me with Lucas, and now he’s turned a 200-plus-year-old dwarf into a magnificently beautiful sex symbol ;) Lovely wallpaper. And I suspect I will be buying movie tie-in merchandise if I can scrape up the cash. ;)

    • bccmee says:

      @fedoralady: I don’t know how he does it. I’m sure an electroencephalography will show changes in the brainwaves for many of us! ;) Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  9. ItsJSforMe says:

    Oh YEAH!!! Love this incarnation, bcc!! You nailed it! I’ve already pre-ordered two Thorin action figures, and that will not be the end of my Hobbit merchandise purchases! An Orcrist butter knife, indeed! lmao A Thorin mug would be nice….then I could have some hawt dwarf with my hot chocolate. :P Hmmm. Faboamanto’s Hobbit savings account is a wise idea, because I’m sure I will buy other things, too…time to make a list!

  10. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful, beautiful wallpaper! What a beautiful man!

  11. Holliday says:

    I love the wallpaper. I just got to the part in the book about the Arkenstone. Who could blame you for wanting to stare at this picture for hours? My goodness the man is just sin to look at(insert loud wolf whistle here). I found the picture the other day and had to post it on my Facebook page. If there’s any merchandise out there with this picture on it, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I might just make my own t-shirt with it.

    • bccmee says:

      @Holliday: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the wallpaper. LOL re: the wolf whistle. Someone actually whistled at RA when he walked onstage to present for the 2010 Television BAFTAs. :D It wasn’t me … I was in New York City at the time. ;) This image would make for a lovely t-shirt. If you or anyone has that made, please send me a picture.

  12. Beautiful Wallpaper, Bccmee!
    Sighhhhh! Richard Armitage as a young Thorin is breathtaking! His sensuous smoulder is right on target. And the way that he is grasping Orchrist is positively unnerving. Ha! Would that some lucky Dwarf maid could be under Thorin’s spell and in his grasp. I volunteer! I have the hair for it now. Ha! *Swoon* *Thud*.
    Cheers! Grati ;->

    • bccmee says:

      @Gratiana: It’s such an amazing promo photo. My favorite Thorin picture by far! Thanks so much for your comment and continued support. :)

  13. lesleyann says:

    Have to agree Richard really is such a beautiful person to look at. You really are so talented brilliant!

  14. Kathleen says:

    I was wondering how long it would take for you to make some wallpaper with this picture. This is definitely the “beauty shot” of the EW spread and only the tablet people were supposed to see it. Luckily we have friends with tablets. And you have created some wallpaper that is a “beauty shot” too.

    I am sure I will want some small Thorn Oakenshield memorabilia, not sure what though.

    • bccmee says:

      @Kathleen: Your term “beauty shot” is perfect for this promo picture! ♥ Well-said! I haven’t decided what I’ll buy besides the movie Blu-ray. Maybe a small token too. :) Thanks for your comment.

  15. Teuchter says:

    This truly is a most gorgeous wallpaper and is now one of my favourites. I honestly wouldn’t have thought it possible that Richard could look even more stunningly beautiful – and hot – than he already is, but that picture quite literally took my breath away when I first saw it. I just gasped then sat and stared at it for ages. And those eyes! Like others I think I fell for him all over again! I sent it to a friend who up till then hadn’t been a fan but I do believe she’s come around and can now understand what I’ve been talking about all this time! ;) If anyone had told me I would be swooning over a dwarf I would have thought they were crazy, but I think most of us have done just that. If they hadn’t before, this picture would certainly have done it! :D

    • bccmee says:

      @Teuchter: Based on what you wrote, we were probably mirror images of each other as we gazed at this visage, LOL! My sister had some choice things to say when I showed her this picture too. :D He looks so dreamy and perfect in this picture that I lose all coherent thought! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment.

  16. Ania says:

    Oh, looking on this Thorin’s (RA’s :) ) picture it is really hard to concentrate. *sigh*
    Beautiful wallpaper, Bccmee! I love it! Thank you! I like how the light goes through the arkenstone.

    • bccmee says:

      @Ania: Haha, my thoughts exactly! I can barely function while this picture is in my presence — and it’s gracing both my computer monitors so I can see him at all times. ;) Thanks for your lovely comment!

  17. jacqui_coinyard says:

    Thorin is beautiful good thing they left out some of the prostetics and show more of RA’s face! Have added both pic and wallpaper to my hobbit wallpaper slideshow.. ;-)

    • bccmee says:

      @jacqui_coinyard: I’m very curious to see how Thorin will look in the final cut of the movie. Delighted you enjoyed this wallpaper, thanks!

  18. titianminx says:

    What an extremely gorgeous sexy dwarf RA makes.LOL. I love it. Brilliant images again. Very clever. Thank you so much for your time-genius!

    • bccmee says:

      @titianminx: Yes he is absolutely sexy and stunning in this newest promos shoot! ♥ I can’t stop staring … he must think I’m rude, LOL! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. :)

  19. Ana Cris says:

    Hi Bcc,
    You had a great material to work added to your own talent. This wallpaper is among the 10+

  20. IntownWriter says:

    I just printed out the photo only, bccmee,.. forgive me. I will sleep with it until I can get RA in the sack with me for real. But GAWD ALMIGHTY, what a face!!!!

    • bccmee says:

      @IntownWriter: It’s a breathtaking picture. Chances are that printing paper and inks stocks are rising, along with body temperatures as the result of that hot picture of Thorin! ♥

  21. Beachbaby says:

    What a face indeed! Absolutely beautiful pic. It’s now on my phone, printed off & up at my desk at work and I have just downloaded the wallpaper. :-) Thank you so much Bcc “mwah”
    I have already ordered a little Thorin and will probably get every bit of Thorin merchandising I see! (I have been telling LG that he is getting a friend….but he just rolls his eyes & gets back to working on his cars. LOL)

    • bccmee says:

      @Beachbaby: All that remains is for you to draw Thorin’s image in the sand when you’re next at the beach, LOL! I hope you share pictures of your toys when they arrive at your happy home. Hope Little Guy doesn’t get too jealous. ;)

  22. Beverly says:

    You are so talented. I enjoy your wallpapers and like reading about how you make them. Of course, with RA, you have wonderful material to work with, but you are truly an artist. Thank you.

    • bccmee says:

      @Beverly: You’re very kind, thanks! Richard Armitage and Thorin Oakenshield are very inspiring and beautiful subjects to work with. :D

  23. Meryl says:

    this is the best Thorin pic yet~ talk about “the eyes have it”!!!!! and really “cool” think you could even say~ “ice,ice baby” yeahhh! course we know he can really turn up the heat……I know, OTT,sorry B

    • bccmee says:

      @Meryl: I’m in complete agreement with you about this promo shot being the best Thorin picture in the world (or Middle Earth)! Thanks so much for your comment. :D

  24. Joanna says:

    :D How to improve the excellent?…ask Bccmee aka Enchantress!:)
    This is marvelous Bccmee:) Thank you!

  25. Mariana says:

    Yes, Bccme, you’re right, “Peter Jackson is a genius for letting Richard Armitage shine through.”. And your wallpaper is wonderful!

  26. april73 says:

    What a lovely and beautiful wallpaper Bccmee, bravo. :-)

    I think I will buy some “Hobbit” merchandising. I would like to by a Thorin figure, but it will depend on the price. ;-)

    It will make a friend for my Little Guy, lol.

    And of course, I will buy the CD with the music of the movie and the DVD. :-)

    I would love to have a replica of Orcrist, but I think the price will be very high…

    • bccmee says:

      @april73: It will be interesting to see the quality and cost of the various merchandise. A friend for Little Guy will provide much entertainment! I look forward to seeing their adventures on your blog. Thanks so much for your comment!

  27. Laurie C says:

    Wow, that is wonderful! I have never purchased movie merchandise either. I might have to break that rule for Richard.

    • bccmee says:

      @Laurie C: Being a fan of Richard Armitage, I’ve broken lots of rules, LOL! ;)

      • Teuchter says:

        My sympathies, Bcc!! I’m well on the way to acquiring every DVD, audiobook etc., that Mr A has been involved in. There’s no way I’m going to tally up what this has already cost me as I don’t want it to hinder me from buying what I don’t yet own! I have even got duplicates of N&S and Robin Hood and who knows what else I might yet do, particularly once The Hobbit and its accompanying merchandise becomes available!! :) Oh Richard! If you only knew the lengths we go for you! ;) In all seriousness though, if someone had told me some years ago that I’d be this interested in a TV and movie star and all his work, I would have thought them quite crazy!! No doubt some would think I am now the cRAzy one! :D

        • Judit says:

          I’ll need to get a duplicate of the RH DVD too, as I bought an edition without the audiocomments, silly me! :) Not sure I’ll buy any official Thorin merchandise -the price of these tend to be exorbitant- I think I’ll have my own Thorin mug made here in Hungary! :)

        • bccmee says:

          @Teucther: Now I will be buying a tornado film. I have dubbed Richard Armitage’s upcoming character “Chase.” ;)

  28. Teuchter says:

    ROFL!! I guess I’ll be buying that too. EEEK!! I’m going to be bankrupt at this rate. “Chase” sounds like the perfect name – lol!! :D

    BTW – check out the meaning of the name Teuchter in the Urband Dictionary and see why I chose it!! :)

    • Teuchter says:

      That should read “Urban” dictionary! You’d think that I would know how to spell Urban being a fan of Keith’s! ;)

    • bccmee says:

      @Teuchter: We all need to live in a giant house and share our resources, LOL! Oooh, thanks for the definition of your name. I was curious too but never thought to ask. :D

  29. Scothia says:

    I just found your site while searching for Arkenstone wallpapers. You did a magnificent job on this one, which now graces my extra-large monitor screen. Having seen the film twice already, I really appreciate the work you did here. The Dwarves are my favorite Middle-earth people. Both Richard Armitage and you have done them justice. Many thanks!

    • bccmee says:

      @Scothia: Wow, I’m very honored you liked this wallpaper. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. So far I’ve seen The Hobbit once and will probably see it again. The cast is amazing and Peter Jackson truly is a genius. It was spectacular.

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