Richard Armitage and Thorin Oakenshield made my day today

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The floor my office is on has a lot of students from other countries. We run a program where you can apply to our university and if you don’t get a sufficient TOEFL, you can take a few courses for college credit, usually math or science, while you work on making your English good enough to be admitted. A lot of the classes are held on my floor and a few days a week I listen to pronunciation practice (which amuses me because often the teachers have a very deep Southern accent and it’s hilarious to listen to Japanese students imitating it) and impromptu explanations of American culture (there was a long discussion of tipping this week) and occasionally grammar exercises. Every now and then it’s annoying, but mostly it’s fun — like the week before Thanksgiving last year, when I was interviewed by six foreign students about what I planned to do for Thanksgiving and then had to explain why I wasn’t going home — because they’d been told in class that Americans always go home for Thanksgiving — usually with reference to a map of the United States.

Anyway, today a young man from this crowd, wearing an American flag t-shirt, walked past my office once or twice, then stopped in the doorway with his phone pualled out. Usually that means someone wants directions. Instead, he said, politely, “Can I take selfie of this?” put his arm around Thorin Oakenshield, and snapped a picture. Then he turned, said, “Thank you,” and walked away.

That pretty much kept me smiling all day long.

~ by Servetus on September 22, 2015.

14 Responses to “Richard Armitage and Thorin Oakenshield made my day today”

  1. Your cool points just shot up.


  2. That sounds like something we’d see on Parks & Rec 😀 Too funny! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • It happened so quickly I didn’t have a chance to take a picture of him taking a selfie (how meta) — if I see him again I’m going to ask for the photo, though 🙂


  3. 😀 Cool !


  4. Fabulous story. I love it when things like that are starting points of a conversation. Pop!Thorin proved great in that respect. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  5. Indeed another great story for your list! 🙂


  6. Ha, he’s still very attractive…….. !! 😀 Good one.


  7. Préparez-vous à une plus grande notoriété personnelle en novembre avec la sortie de la version longue de la bataille des 5 armées. Armez-vous d’une batterie d’appareils photos téléscopiques pour selfie .
    Ne voyez pas dans votre bureau le futur tombeau de Thorin , mais l’antichambre du paradis sur terre , où se retrouveront tous les personnages décédés sur scène , que Richard a joué par le passé et ceux qu’il jouera dans l’avenir … Quel programme , quelles perspectives …

    Get ready for one more personal great fame in November when the release of the long version of “The Battle of the Five Armies” will spread all over the world . Arm yourself with a battery of telescopic cameras for selfie.
    Do not see your office as the future grave of Thorin, but the anteroom of Heaven on Earth, where all the ded characters on stage, that Richard played in the past and those he will play in the future , will meet one more time… What a program, what perspectives …


  8. Love it!


  9. This is hysterical. Richard as Thorin graced my laptop wallpaper for presentations. Definite icebreaker.


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