The difficulty with Thorin is that he enters the story on the edge of failure, but with everything to win. I remember thinking when I first read the scene for the casting, that here was a character who felt like a dying ember, yet with the energy and hope to reignite into the furnace that once powered this great warrior. But, he has all the potential to fail.
I connect personally with that last sentiment. I was never really sure if I could pull this role off; I felt secretly that many others also felt the same and it’s one of the reasons I could never sit down on set (I am a pacer, apparently). I could never rest.
Richard Armitage, on his character Thorin
(The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles - Creatures & Characters)
“Leos born on August 22 are thoroughbreds. They have good looks, personal charm, and plenty of class. There is a certain instability in their personality that makes them intriguing. High-strung and somewhat nervous, they thrive on attention.
Friends and Lovers: Unlike most Leos, August…
I swear he is almost a Virgo…well, if born one day later, he would have been a Virgo.
“[Bilbo] knows that Thorin has massive doubts about his involvement, so throughout the story we are seeing them yo-yo to and from each other; Bilbo earning Thorin’s respect little by little and also his fury on occasion. It’s a classic case of a big (well, about four feet), powerful man learning things from someone who isn’t exactly Alpha. Like my relationship with Richard, in fact. Only I’m Thorin in real life.”—Martin Freeman, on his relationship with Richard Armitage… Quoted in The Hobbit Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters (via emilyonthewall)