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to understand, accept, or feel kinship with someone or something.
Of all the 31 Days, this is the most difficult question of all for me.
I feel a great passion for many of the characters Richard Armitage has created throughout his career so far - and I know this will always be so. But whether I "relate" to those I feel a great passion for, I've not really always pondered. I have loved the majesty and bravery and mystery of several of his characters, and have fallen in love with them, and yet not necessarily seen myself reflected in them.
So it was a challenge to answer this last challenge.
The character I relate to the most is...
Like Thorin and Thornton my life changed in what seemed like a blink of an eye when I was very young, younger than Thornton.
Like Thorin, my family left everything behind in our own "Lonely Mountain" when our "Smaug" came. We left for the sanctuary of the "Blue Mountains".
I relate to Thorin taking care and watching over his grandfather. I have been a caregiver and a co-caregiver.
Like Thornton I was raised for part of my childhood (or adolescence in Thornton's case)by a single parent.
I totally relate to John Thornton and Hannah Thornton relying on each other to survive in a world that's not always kind. "I think I might say that my only good luck, was to have a mother of such strong will and integrity."
I wander about Thorin's mother? What happened to her? What was she like? Did he miss her? Was Thrain a single parent?
I relate to Thorin's yearning for the home that only exists in his memory.
I relate to Thorin's search for his identity, and his desire to finally feel he truly belongs somewhere.
I relate to Thornton and Thorin's sense of family responsibility to those that came before them, to uphold the honor of the family they came from and belong to. To never forget.
I relate to Thornton's temperament.
I have no sense of direction like Thorin.
This ends my Richard Armitage 31 Day Challenge.
Hope you join the challenge.