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Do you want Thorin Oakenshield to die?

Your questions, are answered... hopefully by this post. Rumours have been circulating about the death of Thorin Oakenshield. The leader of the dwarves will die despite the contrary belief of many, thus following the story of the book (well they got something right). Personally, I thought that it was known that this rumour was false but after seeing it rise up again, I felt obliged to write about it and cast the theory "into the fiery chasm from whence it came." The rumour was first revealed on Ecumencial News revealing details that the "King Under the Mountain" would die. Ecumencial News stated that:

It has been reported that the film will follow Tolkien’s book, though one character who died in the book, Thorin Oakenshield, will remain alive.

To my delight, and hopefully yours, Thorin will die. Death is a major part of Tolkien's work and is pivotal to the development of the themes present in The Hobbit which become all the more important when adapting such a small book for the big screen. However, some people disagree and many have signed a petition to 'Keep Thorin Alive!' which has, as I will write, has failed (Thankfully).

Well, to put it bluntly, this rumour has zero credibility and is officially wrong! In the Ecumencial News article it never states who 'reported it,' nor does it link us to a source! Richard Armitage (the actor himself) has even admitted that Thorin dies! In an interview with TheOneRing.Net, Armitage is interviewed and asked about his death scene:

TheOneRing.Net: With all that you bring to Thorin, people — especially those who don’t know what’s coming — will be devastated in Film 3!
Richard Armitage: If they haven’t read the book… I know. [with gleeful excitement] Oh it’s so good. I can’t even begin to tell you — it’s so good… The way that’s structured — I know we’re not supposed to talk about it, but it’s… at every level it surpassed my expectation.'

Well that is that! If you do not believe the facts already, here are some other things supporting Thorin's Death.

  • Thorin's Downward Spiral: We see this clearly in Desolation of Smaug. The movie makes it obvious to us that Thorin's character is beginning to disintegrate. It is only fitting that he dies to finish the downward spiral that the movies have emphasized. Phillipa Boyens reflects upon this:
Richard Armitage, especially, as an actor, has an extraordinary trajectory. And what’s great about it is, you care about him. He has this grandeur and stature as a character, but then he disintegrates before your eyes – and it’s heart breaking. Then you become invested in him coming back. He’s got to be the Thorin we know and care about. But that’s the thing: does he?
The Battle of the Five Armies
The Battle of the Five Armies
  • In a letter to cancer survivor, Samantha, Richard Armitage revealed that the scene had already been filmed. Now, if Peter Jackson wanted to go back and film the scene and let Thorin live... it would be a disaster! He would have to get back into pre-production from post-production, he would have to get the actors back, he would have to rewrite the script and change the story of post-Thorin's death. Also known as a mess!

I hope that this post means that I won't have to endure people posting about Thorin 'surviving' as the rumour had no credibility and the actor himself has answered all the questions!

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J.R.R. Tolkien — 'If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.'

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