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Did You Ever Notice... Merry's Return to the Shire Costume?

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Apr 14 2009, 6:40pm

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Did You Ever Notice... Merry's Return to the Shire Costume? Can't Post

Merry's clothing, of course, if gifted by the Rohirrim.

We start with a green shirt and brown trousers. The arms of the shirt have been quilted, either for warmth, decoration, or because they expected armor to be worn over them.

Over that, we have a red wool robe with the horsehead emblem embroidered on the front.

And a piece of armor around the neck (does anyone know the technical name for this?)

Topped with a green wool cloak, also with an embroidered trim (very few cloaks in ME lack decoration!). This is another half-circle cloak, I think. Also we have gloves and his sword.

The cloak is pinned on with emblems mimicking the golden sun of Edoras.

Ignore the grey sleeves here. Those belong to the shirt he wore into battle (and I promise we'll get to the armor, sometime!). The gloves are the same, though.

So, any thoughts?

AlleyCatScratch has many more pictures of this costume from ComicCon. However, I don't believe the description has been updated since the ROTK EE came out and some of their text is pretty far off the mark.

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Apr 14 2009, 9:24pm

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I think it's called a gorget.// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Apr 15 2009, 12:24am

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How likely is it [In reply to] Can't Post

that a Rohirrim lord's fancy outfit would have a double horse-head emblem in a place that is covered by a scabbard's belt? Or is Merry's over-the-shoulder arrangement unique among the Rohirrim?

I presume the over-the-shoulder belt thingie is for ease of use while riding - pulling that sword out while standing would be a bit cumbersome.

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Apr 15 2009, 4:03am

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He looked so comfortable in this outfit ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Its quite remarkable - I love the design of the horsehead motif they stuck with throughout the film - its so elegant. Its even on the gloves!! Very cool!

Just reading Atuaaha's post on why the chest motif is covered has me puzzled as well - seems a shame to cover it over, but then again Merry is coming back into the Shire as a soldier of Gondor and not a model of the latest ME Spring Fashion collection.Wink He nees to show his sword - he earned it.

Love the piece of armour around the neck too.

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Apr 15 2009, 4:05am

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I really like the gloves! [In reply to] Can't Post

All of it's nice, of course, but those gloves are way cool...

And is it just me, or is this outfit particularly well accessorized? Everything just seems to fit together so well on this one!

Colors are nice, too. I would think Dom would have liked wearing this...


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Apr 15 2009, 4:31am

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I think this is my favorite so far... [In reply to] Can't Post

of the return to the Shire costumes. Both Frodo and Sam's were impressive but this one--I like looking at the most. I do wonder why Merry's shirt is much more 'finished' that the other two. And do you know the purpose of the ends of the sleeves being laced? Is it just to be more 'fitted'? I like that detail.
The red robe (looks more like rust on my screen) looks great with the shade of green in his shirt and cloak. (Dang! Why aren't cloaks worn these days!) Love the detail of the cloak's trim.

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Apr 15 2009, 5:10am

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I believe all the Rohirrim wore their swords this way [In reply to] Can't Post

And if it's not a sword covering that emblem then I suppose the shield would, as well.

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Apr 15 2009, 5:18am

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I have some theories [In reply to] Can't Post

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I do wonder why Merry's shirt is much more 'finished' that the other two.

Sam and Frodo's costumes are made of a silk velvet, which is a very expensive fabric. It's often priced for twice the price of the fabric for Merry's shirt. I suspect that Ngila chose to cut corners on the undershirts, though it's possible that Merry's shirt was made with a different over garment in mind, one that might show more of the undershirt.

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And do you know the purpose of the ends of the sleeves being laced? Is it just to be more 'fitted'? I like that detail.

I'm guessing that the sleeves are laced to make them more fitted to that they'll fit under the gloves more easily. Too much bulk under the gloves could make them move around during filming or just look bulgy.

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Apr 15 2009, 6:25am

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No I never noticed this costume :) [In reply to] Can't Post

And it's way cool. Those horse motifs are so elegant and seemingly ubiquitous... just look at those gloves Smile It's a very beautiful costume overall, the colours complement each other so well, the designs are just right, and it all fits together perfectly. I'd love to wear this one Sly

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Apr 15 2009, 2:03pm

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Wow, that's impressive! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the consistency of the motifs, and the colors.

That sleeve drawstring looks like it could get a bit annoying or distracting though. Wouldn't you always find yourself playing with it and wrapping it around your fingers?

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Apr 15 2009, 8:01pm

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I do love [In reply to] Can't Post

....I do love the look/feel of the Hobbits as they come back to the Shire. The cloak, the gloves, the sword...he just looked perfectly grand - but still sweet Merry Smile.

Oh and I love the sleeves on the quilted shirt...yes ideal for twiddling! Laugh


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Apr 19 2009, 4:06pm

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Oh... the detail! [In reply to] Can't Post

Shamefully, I never have studied Merry's costume he wore home. Until now, I never appreciated the detail of the design and embroidery. The colours are Rohan. The style is Rohan. He's a living part of Rohan now brought to the Shire along with Gondor and the Elves.

I love the design on his front and the armour around his neck.

Ya know... every time I stop and really look at your costume posts, the posts on the films and book... I find myself getting teary and sort of homesick. It's hard to explain, but these posts of yours where we stop and really appreciate the artistry, effort and love that went into the simplest things warm my heart and help keep the awe alive.

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