For some reason I thought that Thorin was by far the most popular of all RAPS subjects. To me it felt as if I had enshrined the noble King more than any other chaRActer over the course of the last six months. I thought he had beaten the old favourite, Mr Thornton, and even my very own gorgeous knight, Sir Guy. Thorin on map, Thorin with crowns, Thorin mad, Thorin sexy… It was all Thorin to me. But when I did a little bit of analytics today, I realized that Thorin is *not* the “most favourite” RAPS subject at all.
In fact, there is no clear favourite. Much to my own surprise Thorin is up there with Mr Thornton and Guy at five shrines each. And – this is the biggest surprise for me, considering my great difficulties at confining the spy to a tin – with Lucas North also at five shrines.
And would you believe it? RL RA is quite a babe-magnet! My reluctance at enshrining a RL person has been ignored
by me and the commissioners, because he is up there with four shrines so far. Even Porter has only three!!! And Harry was only done twice, as was as John Standring. What kind of sorcery is this? Never mind baddies Paul Andrews and John Mulligan at one shrine each, but leather-clad Northern beatnik Ricky Deeming only gets one shrine? Bizarre. (“Mix” in the pie chart refers to the First Aid RAPS that contained well-wishing from Dr Track, John Porter and Mr Thornton.)
So, in an effort to align reality with impression, I am showing you a new Thorin RAPS today. Mind you, it was not made in order to falsify some statistics. Far from it. It was another beautiful fandom love story that I was very happy to be involved in. My tumblr friend Jollytr sweetly asked me if she could commission me to make a Thorin RAPS for her tumblr buddy Shieldmaidenofscotland. Without giving away too much let me just say that Shieldmaiden needed some love right now, something that I could very well understand after my own devastating loss recently. So I gladly agreed and produced a RAPS for her with the hot needle just before I set off on my London weekend. The stars aligned nicely on this one because thanks to our poster fairy Jane I had a batch of postage money left over which I was able to put into the shipment to Shieldmaiden. (Thank you Jane!) I hope the following shrine will give Shieldmaiden the courage she needs in the coming weeks and months…
Jollytr had sent me a few pointers as to Shieldmaiden’s preferences – so Thorin and a beardy RA from Hobbit-shoot era was to be in the RAPS. I kept the lid simple. It can be made even simpler – the picture of Thorin is a magnet and can be taken off if it is too obvious.
Here is the first Thorin shrine with a reference to the third Hobbit film, BOTFA. Thorin is looking back at his Shieldmaiden, asking her to follow him, one last time… Ha. Look how she can’t wait to follow him 😀 She is practically falling over that shield… Steady on, girl!
Not sure if this really “balances” it out or merely contradicts the previous image. Beard porn ahoy!
And cheeky Guylty could not resist sticking a little diamond earring onto RA. If the words bother Shieldmaiden, she can take them off the majestic nose…
Shrine in full glory. I hope it warms Shieldmaiden’s heart with its overabundance of pink sparkles, eyelash focus, nose porn and the benign smile of Mr A himself. And I hope that she will smile again, soon.
Thank you to Jollytr for being a lovely friend who decided to organise a surprise, and to Jane for sponsoring the postage. This whole project only works because I am not doing it on my own but with so many kind supporters!
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