"I didn't want to command respect, I wanted to earn loyalty."
Richard Armitage on portraying Thorin Oakenshield

Richard Armitage (born August 22, 1971) is an English actor who portrayed Thorin II Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's film trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.


Born in Leicester, England, Richard Armitage attended Huncote Community Primary School in Huncote, Blaby District, Leicestershire. Later at Brockington College in Enderby he studied music, playing the cello in school and local orchestras as well as learning to play the flute. He pursued this interest to Pattison College in Coventry, where his education expanded to include dance and acting. He gained A levels in music and English.


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