This blog is dedicated to an exploration of my obsessions. My current obsession is Richard Armitage, so that is why I have mostly posted things about him. But before RA I had many other obsessions. And I have been thinking about that transition from obsession to just liking.
Before RA, some of my obsessions: The Lord of the Rings, Hugh Jackman, Sean Bean, The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett, Hawaii. I’ve already posted about Sean Bean and Hugh Jackman. Usually one obsession leads to another – through my pursuit of one obsession I find another path to pursue. I found Sean Bean through my love of The Lymond Chronicles, and I found Hugh Jackman through my love of theater. Richard Armitage I found through my love for The Lord of the Rings, of course. What will I find through my love for RA? Too soon to tell. I’ve started this blog, which isn’t quite an obsession, just something I have fun doing.
I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was 12 and every year thereafter for at least 10 years or more. During that time I not only read the books, I bought the calendars, I read literary criticisms of the books, I researched J.R.R. Tolkien, I read C.S. Lewis because he was connected to Tolkien. I watched the animated versions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I even have a movie program from the Ralph Bakshi animated version of The Lord of the Rings. I had a map of Middle Earth up on the wall of my very first office of my very first job. I have tapes of Tolkien talking, and a vinyl LP record of poetry readings and songs from The Lord of the Rings. I have the entire set of glasses that Burger King gave out for the release of the first Lord of the Rings movies. As well as several of the mini figures that came with their version of happy meals. I gave my brothers Prancing Pony tee shirts for Christmas. Totally besotted with the series. Followed the development of the movies with my usual obsession. Joined the LOTR fan club or whatever it was called. My name is on the dvd that has the names of all the fans who joined up on it. I was a totally obsessed fan of the LOTR. Now, not as much.
Over the years my obsession with LOTR dissipated. I haven’t re-read the trilogy in years. I have seen the Peter Jackson movies of course. Have the dvds in both regular and extended versions. Went to see the extended versions shown back to back at Lincoln Center in NYC, which was three, three hour plus movies, plus a video conference with PJ. Elijah Wood and Sean Astin were at the theater. It was fabulous!
Now I have the Hobbit trilogy. I didn’t follow the development of the movie from the beginning. Maybe I would have been besotted with RA a lot earlier if I had been doing so. If I had been paying attention to the filming of An Unexpected Journey maybe I would have noticed him.
In any event, I am not obsessed about The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit as I once was. I no longer participate in every discussion about the books/movies on TheOneRing.net. Still, I love the books and the movies and, of course, the Hobbit movies. But I am not *obsessed* with them.
Will the same thing happen with Richard Armitage? Sadly, I must infer that it will. I will become less obsessed with him, and more just liking/loving him as a favorite actor. I am sad to think about it now, while I am *in love* or obsessed with him. But I know that someday he, too, will be one of my past obsessions. Unless I get to meet him and he falls in love with me and we live happily ever after! Don’t you think that will happen?? 😀
Thanks to richardarmitage.net and google for the photos.