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Colour-coded Dwarves!

Tol Eressea

Nov 17 2012, 8:57pm

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Somehow I missed this little tidbit in the Sibley book, and I know many are fond of the Dwarves' coloured travelling hoods, so let me share this information to brighten your day!

Ann Maskrey on dressing Thorin and Co:


Tolkien describes the colour of the hoods that the Dwarves hang up in Bag End but that made me think f garden gnomes, which is really not an image you want to give the movie audience! The one thing you don't want in a film is something that draws the eye to it and takes away from the creation as a whole.

However, as a nod to one of the only bits of costume description Tolkien provides, the inside of the Dwarves' cape hoods feature the key colours mention by the author.

Apart from the hoods, the Dwarf costumes are 'colour-coded' as follows:

Thorin - midnight blue;
Balin - predominantly red;
Dwalin: khaki green;
Bifur - rust;
Bofur - a dirty yellow-mustard;
Bombur - tones of olive green;
Fili - a slightly mauve-grey;
Kili - - teal blue;
Gloin - blood red;
Oin - brown;
Nori - grey;
Dori - mulberry colours;
Ori - soft lilac-grey.

The fabrics used for the Dwarves are a mix of wool, silk, corduroy and moleskin with a lot of leather and suede decorated with angular detailing to give a Dwarven look - we even mananged to create Dwarf designs on knitted scarves and waistcoats.

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Colour-coded Dwarves! Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Nov 17 2012, 8:57pm
    Nice that they've gone in this direction... Captain Salt Send a private message to Captain Salt Nov 17 2012, 10:54pm
    I noticed that some of them were colour coded in a group shot, TheSexyBeard Send a private message to TheSexyBeard Nov 17 2012, 11:11pm
    well I am glad they Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Nov 17 2012, 11:11pm
    Has she gone and confused Nori with Oin? Aitieuriskon Send a private message to Aitieuriskon Nov 18 2012, 12:49am
        Not so much that Lacrimae Rerum Send a private message to Lacrimae Rerum Nov 18 2012, 12:59am
        There may be some overlap... Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Nov 18 2012, 7:29am
    There's also a nice picture Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 18 2012, 1:03am
    OK... Elthir Send a private message to Elthir Nov 18 2012, 3:10pm
        lol totoro Send a private message to totoro Nov 19 2012, 2:56am
    the costumes look great.! Thorins_apprentice Send a private message to Thorins_apprentice Nov 19 2012, 3:21am


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