What does one say to a 6'2" dwarf?
"You're taller in person," we offer to Richard Armitage during his recent promotional visit to Toronto for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of Peter Jackson's new trilogy.
"I guess I'll be getting a lot of that," Armitage responds good-naturedly.
The British actor - whose most recent exposure on this side of the Pond was as a Nazi in Captain America - is one of several tall dwarves in the movie, taken from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, his introductory novel to Middle Earth.
Armitage plays Thorin Oakenshield, the angry, tormented leader of the survivors of a demolished dwarf city, laid siege by the dragon Smaug. They set out along with Gandalf the wizard (Ian McKellen, reprising his Lord Of The Rings role) and the title character, a Hobbit named Bilbo (Martin Freeman).