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See Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit

The Hobbit has celebrated Richard Armitage’s 41st birthday today by Tweeting a picture of the actor in warrior regalia as Thorin Oakenshield.

Featuring a shaggy ‘do that would put Pat Sharp to shame, and fully attired in his warrior get-up, it’s an impressive, striking image that is unmistakably Middle-earthian.

Check it out below…

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Thorin Oakenshield appears in The Hobbit as the leader of a company of thirteen travelling dwarves.

A legendary champion, Thorin helps Bilbo (Martin Freeman) along on his quest to the Smoky Mountains.

With that stern to-camera stare, Armitage definitely seems to have captured the authority and menace of the company’s leader.

We can’t wait to see him in action when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens in cinemas on 14 December 2012.

And happy birthday Mr Armitage from Total Film !