"When the wizard came to me with the map, I thought: let this be a mistake. Let this be a fake, a forgery. This task, it’s impossible. But why did it come to me? What would you have me do? Would you have me sit here growing fat and old at my leisure? We were once a noble people, not tinkers and merchants scraping around in the dirt for copper coins— but dwarf lords. Once, we were kings."
To the anon who asked, here’s a snippet of Richard’s audition for Thorin Oakenshield. Can’t really find a video on youtube, but it’s on the AUJ EE (which is worth the watch in its entirety)