Legenda 49: Stuff worth reading

[Legenda offers a brief, non-inclusive index of stuff I noticed and enjoyed since the last episode. It doesn’t usually include materials presented on the major fansites, which I love dearly, but which are linked in the sidebar. Because I always forget or just miss stuff, please add additional pieces of interest via link in the comments.]


First: It’s fall in the northern hemisphere, and Nat has done it again with another Cheeztastic Video: “It’s Autumntime with Gizzy!”

Second: A fellow fan emailed me this iPhone photo a few minutes ago — poster spotted in her local Barnes & Noble:

The stuff continues to proliferate. Announced today at RichardArmitageNet.com: a life-size Thorin cardboard cutout! I also saw a flickr lineup of Lego dwarf figures. Please buy this item and other amazon-available items there or via Richard Armitage Online to generate a commission to Richard Armitage’s JustGiving charities.

It’s definitely getting harder:



I have been meaning to mention something that techie visitors have probably already noted: against my extreme reluctance to do so, I installed statcounter here. (Someday I’ll get around to installing the graphic, or maybe I’ll just uninstall statcounter.) I did it covertly because of the insecurity I experienced this summer when sudden jumps in visits to particular posts immediately preceded unpleasant events. I decided it would better to know where those floods of hits came from than to fear what might be happening. I got the information I wanted. I have looked at the counter about ten times since then. (Incidentally, although average daily hits on this site are way up since July, the glances I’ve taken at the analytics confirm what I hypothesized then — no evidence suggests that this site is visited regularly by someone who might be Richard Armitage, hordes of people in Wellington, Mr. Armitage’s parents, or his LA or London agents, a tendency that leaves me happily blogging in my own little world.) I haven’t been mining for any other information so if you’ve been feeling basically anonymous, you still are. But if you don’t want to take any risk at all of being seen here — you’re on notice.



  • GB’s “One Last Try” goes to chapter 10.
  • khandy’s “Absolution” (Strike Back: JP / OC / explicit) goes to chapter 17.
  • At RAucous: “Not What They Expected,” part 1. RPF and presumably to become explicit in later chapters.
  • I mentioned last week that I had purchased Unmapped Country, a North & South sequel. (Elmore doesn’t describe herself as an Armitage fan — but the graphic for one of her other books makes clear that she must be.) I liked it quite well with only minor reservations until about 75 percent of the way through. It might be worth a review one of these days, and it is certainly worth the purchase price of $1.50.


OT, collateral attractions, and stuff I think about:

~ by Servetus on October 20, 2012.

22 Responses to “Legenda 49: Stuff worth reading”

  1. Have you written already about the push to cast RA as Matthew Clairmont in A Discovery of Witches? I’ve seen it mentioned a lot around Twitter.


    • Thanks for the comment, and welcome.

      I haven’t posted about it b/c as far as I know, there’s no group that I can direct people to, and Armitage has never said a word about wanting to do it. (The main reason I promote the R3 stuff is that he has continually said over a five year period that he’s interested in such a project.) However, if there were a link to publish I’d probably include it, although I personally would be marginally enthused about that role at best. I did publish a link to the “RA for Dawsey Adams FB group” some time ago, another role that I was meh about.

      My own opinion: https://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/armitage-as-vampire/


    • I should also add — feel free to leave a comment here telling people how to tweet if you are interested in this 🙂


  2. Thanks for the link luv!


  3. How I love these legendas Serv, look forward to them every week! I have to confess I’m not familiar with Hilary Mantel’s work, but I’ll check Wolf Hall out! Thank you for the recommendation!


    • it’s much better than TSIS. I’m tempted to start an #RA4TC (Richard Armitage for Thomas Cromwell) campaign 🙂


  4. Fantastic, so much material to catch up on! I have become quite lazy, waiting for your legenda rather than surfing myself… Thanks for the shout-out!
    Oh, and brilliant part 1 yesterday! I’d love to respond properly but I’d probably write too much. Suffice to say thank you for expressing what I feel about newcomers in the Armitage Army and “alte Pfründe”. Looking forward to part 2


    • Hey, this is not here to make your life easier!!! 🙂

      “Alte Pfründe” is the perfect way to put it — still trying to figure out a polite way to say that. I’m at 3200 words now, sigh. Talk to you more extensively soon I hope.


      • “Alte Pfründe” – old rights?? I’m a newcomer but I am one of those who irrationally insists on old rights in other contexts. So I understand where resentments and/or condescension comes from and I am fine with it. Cos the longer I stay, the older my rights become, too… In a way I am glad I decided to pop onto the scene when I did – learning from the “early appreciators” while marking my own territory before the fandom is going to be expanded. (Sorry, I should comment on the appropriate post, not on Legenda…) If I had a blog, I’d write a long loveletter to the Army “vets” now, to let them know I appreciate their previous work and posts and research and networking to an extent they may never know. Thanks to all of them.


        • that’s not bad, in a larger context, but I guess you don’t know what I study so exactly (“Pfrund” has very particular connotations for me, lol). I wish we could all stop marking our territory, frankly, but that’s the issue that’s making it hard to write.


  5. Thank you for the link and the reminder about the lack of tags. I’ve fixed it so that these posts are now tagged “about richard.” 🙂
    I miss a lot of what’s out there, so I always look forward to catching up via the legenda posts.


    • thanks a ton for tagging, Mezz. Seriously. I find tumblr hard to navigate without them and the pages take so long to load.


  6. Servetus thanks for highlighting my story. I know you and I both like RAs portrayal of JP and the naughtiness in this chpter seemed right for this character


    • there’s a sort of central spring in the JP character about his inability to resist certain things — the possibility of caretaking is one of them — that makes it very convincing when he gives into his need for (cough) well you know.


  7. Thanks Servetus for your, as always, precious collection!
    I would like to recommend Caty’s “A Ghost Story” (whatcatydidnext) on DF or http://www.wattpad.com/story/154662-a-ghost-story. She actually posted the final chapter a couple of days ago. It’s a brilliantly written unique and suspenseful narration but after all it’s a wonderful Guy-of-Gisbourne-story.


  8. “Trying to get in touch with your friend, the introvert” had me laughing so much! I’m not that bad (yet) XD. I don’t like phone calls but I answer them (stationary phone). My cell is mostly turned off. So I only write texts if I need something or call if I’m about to meet somebody but I’m too late or something like that. I write (long) mails.
    I’m not sure though if that behaviour has something to do with introverts especially. It’s more like resisting the interruption. I think it needs strong personalities to do this. The problem with (most) stationary phones is, that it doesn’t allow us to make clear in a quick (and elegant) way, that we don’t want to interrupt our activities. Not even for a short phone call. That leads me to the conclusion that early phones aren’t made for humans needs. Wrong design…? Nowadays I could at least just send a text that says something like:”I’m busy” but I guess that’s less accepted than an oral statement of the same fact. Why? Because people aren’t used to it. Because hardly anybody thought about that issue. And therefore nobody taught it neither. But who knows, maybe I’ll start myself sending “busy” texts when I keep my cell turned on.
    Thanks for that thought provoking link, Servetus. It seems like I can’t let go. But I know that I keep quiet for months and even years, so I just didn’t want to disappear without leaving a message. I’m just sick of that habit of mine. So yeah, I don’t know when my next comment will be. I guess that’s the most accurate thing I can say now. Take care.


    • I agree on resisting interruption sand people would interrupt you constantly if they could. I also hate it when I’m with someone and they interrupt our conversation to pick up a text or answer a call. And I dislike the constant ringing noises around me. But: I also really like being absolutely alone.

      You are welcome to flit in and out whenever you like, raddicted!


  9. Thank you for the link. Very amused me post about the introvert (reminds me someone from my family, I think 😉 ).


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