“Both of the characters that I’ve been exploring with Thorin and Hamlet have that kind of introspection, and there’s a moment in this story when Hamlet realizes that he is a lot of his father, Old Hamlet, who is described as being rather cruel and bloodthirsty, a warmonger, and Hamlet realizes that he shares many of those qualities; and I think there’s a moment in The Hobbit when Thorin realizes the same thing, it’s something he’s always known.”

Richard Armitage on narrating Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel (x