The Thorin Project

Hello all! I’ve been thinking… (my husband dreads hearing that sentence from me!) so I thought out loud to Guylty, because that’s what friends do (listen politely to each other’s insane ramblings). instead of running away though, she actually took my thoughts seriously! not only that but she built upon them, and after a few e-mails back and forth, a legitimate idea was formed between us. We’d like to share that idea with you today.

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The end of an era is nearly upon us. The premiere of the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy is only two and a half months away. Most of us are looking forward to it with one eye laughing, and one eye crying. Another film with Mr A in it, that is surely a reason to be happy! But at the same time, we can anticipate not only Thorin’s fate in the film but also the end of three (or more) years immersion in Middle-Earth. It will be sad to reach the end of this long journey.

 

And if that makes us sad, then how sad will that be for the man who lived Thorin and acted in Middle-Earth? Is there a way of thanking him, who provided us with many hours of entertainment, who delighted us with his talent, who made Thorin come alive and who drew so many new fans to Tolkien’s world? How can we mark this end of an era in a meaningful way? With something that goes beyond the usual feedback that he receives for everything he does, and expresses the deep impact his work has had on us; hopefully brightening his day at the same time.

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Guylty and I thought it might be a neat idea for us to share with Richard a celebration of Thorin, and what he has meant to us. We would like to ask for submissions of fan quotes for a coffee table type book that we will compile, print, and send off to Richard in time for the premiere of BOTFA. Our thought is for it to be a keepsake, a special memento for him. It is our intent for it to be a gift from the fans; not bringing attention to what any one of us might say but to express our gratitude as a collective whole, for his great work in the Hobbit trilogy.

 

We would like the contributions to be in your words, focusing on what it is about Richard’s Thorin that resonates with you, inspires you, touches you in a meaningful way. This does not exclude lightheartedness but will hopefully go beyond the mere extolling of Richard’s (admittedly) attractive exterior! The plan is to compile the fan quotes in a book, illustrated with photography that fits the themes/quotes. These thoughts can be as long or as short, as personal or as general, as polished or spontaneous, as passionate or reserved as you see fit. (for variety we might break up the longer quotes and sprinkle them through-out the book.) all fans can participate, no matter which platform you are active on or whether you actively blog or not.

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This proposed book is about the message and not about the messengers, and therefore we would like to keep the spotlight on the quotes and credit them only in a list of contributors at the back of the book. credits on this list can be by real name, internet handle or anonymously.Β some examples:

 

“I admire Thorin’s dedication to his people and upholding the legacy of his family. He shouldered the responsibility of carving out a life for them in the Iron Hills but couldn’t rest until he tried to get back their good name. What lay ahead of him was perilous in the extreme, not only physically but also mentally for the affliction that destroyed his grandfather’s mind. That level of honor, to sacrifice what is already known, or safe, for something that is so much bigger than yourself, is something of Thorin that will always stay with me.”

“Thorin’s sassiness with Elrond, ‘Indeed? he made no mention of you’, always makes me laugh! It’s a perfect mix of dwarfish haughtiness and endearing charm.”

 

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If you like this idea of ours and would like to contribute thoughts to be included in the book, I have set up a tab at the top of this blogΒ which will take you to a page dedicated to this endeavor. There is a contact form there that you can use to send me an e-mail with your submission. you can reply with general thoughts about the project in the comment section on that page as well. we hope to hear from you soon!Β ~Kelbel75 & Guylty

 

p.s. I think it goes without saying that we would like this to be a surprise for Richard. so while we welcome and hope you help us spread the word throughout the fandom, please remember not to tag Richard directly about this in any tweets you might post on Twitter.

 

ETA: submissions for The Thorin Project are no longer being accepted. The book is completed and has been sent off to Richard.

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21 thoughts on “The Thorin Project

  1. I swear that I have some sleep blogging episodes…I don’t know how else I keep “unfollowing” blogs that I definitely thought I was following! I’ll blame on the WP reader…not my fingers!

    Anyhow…great idea! I’ll have to give it a think to assemble my thoughts πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow, very nice idea! Think about your timeline & let us know when you will need our comments, realistically. Is Dec. 17 the 1st premiere of BOFA? (As a distRActed fan, I can’t remember all this πŸ™‚

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    1. we were thinking that the deadline should be the first of November at the latest but we wanted to see how the idea was received/how many quotes were coming in before we set an official cut-off date. (if we aren’t getting the volume we were hoping for then we’ll make an earlier deadline to light a fire under everyone πŸ˜‰ )

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  3. Wonderful idea. I already know that I will miss Thorin. A lot. I am not sure if I understood everything. First step : I think what to say for the book. Second step : I wait till you and Guylty tell us when and where we have to send our messages. Normally everything before the 1st of November ? Is it OK ?

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    1. there is a special tab at the top of this blog titled “The Thorin Project”. there you will find a form to fill out, asking for your name/e-mail address and comment. when you hit submit, it will send your info to my e-mail address. and that’s it! if you want credited in the book make sure to tell me which name/username you want me to use πŸ™‚ I hope to hear from you soon!
      to save you the trouble of searching for the tab, just click on this link instead: https://nowhereinparticularra.wordpress.com/the-thorin-project/

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