What’s up, blogworld? Where are the usual suspects when it comes to the documentation of current Armitage-related news? Chocolate-induced coma? Ok, well, someone has to do it, I guess, and much different from my usual blog convention I am happy to bring you some topical news.
Because I just came across a rather interesting article in German newspaper Die Welt. Under the heading of “Does Middle-earth Need Affirmative Action for Men?” the article summarizes the Hobbitcon convention in Bonn last weekend. An interesting article, in fact, because it notices that the vast majority of participants at the convention were (young) women – hence the title. The report on the convention is benign-ish – although there is some criticism between the lines on the whole paid photo-op practice at cons, and I can’t help but feel that the writer doesn’t get what it is that fascinates men and women about Middle-earth to fork out money for a convention and to spend time and money on preparing for it.
And Armitage gets a mention – albeit an ironic if not unflattering one. Writes Die Welt in context of who does and who doesn’t attend such cons:
Nicht jeder Filmschauspieler hat Freude an Fan-Conventions. Der Engländer Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) verweigert sein Erscheinen, er strebt nach Höherem als Zwergenruhm.
Translates: “Not every actor enjoys fan conventions. The English actor Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield) refuses to appear. He has greater ambitions than dwarf glory.”
Ouch. That sounds a bit snarky. Is someone (i.e. writer Uwe Schmitt) disappointed that the main stars (besides Armitage there are Freeman, McKellen, Bloom and Serkis who regularly miss such conventions) are missing? I am ready to switch on APM and leave a comment explaining that Mr A may have moved on, not arrogantly, but rather practically, to new roles. After all principal photography on TH finished two and a half years ago. And that he is indeed busy with new projects, despite being a self-confessed Tolkien geek. But well, it is futile to jump to his defense. And if I am honest, I will say that I am a tiny weeny bit disappointed, too, that Armitage shies away from these fan-friendly occasions. But even without Armitage, Hobbitcon 2015 looks as if it has been a resounding success for those who were there. Why spoil their happy recollections?
As for the superiority (in numbers) of women at the con – well done, girls. I am glad to see that you are enjoying such events, that you creatively take part and that you express your enjoyment, admiration, happiness and enthusiasm so freely, generously and eloquently. There is enough snark in the world as it is. We need more of you!