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Did You Ever Notice... Legolas' Coronation Outfit?

Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Jun 23 2009, 2:23am

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As usual, let's start at the bottom. We have a pair of pale blue pants, that look like they're made of silk. Over this is a silver skirt made from a crinkled silk. It's probable that this is a full under-robe as there are matching sleeves and a matching collar poking out under the main robe. There's a wide dark silk belt with a long tail, similar to Arwen's Farewell gown and Elrond's council outfit.

Covering all of this is a silk brocade robe. Alley Cat Scratch describes the fabric as: "an intricate brocade with a pale blue background. There is a rich mix of greens, blues, yellows, golds." It has been lined with a gold silk. The robe has a tall, mandarin style collar and two silver clasps. They look like mini mallorn leaves, to me. The front edges of both this robe and the under robe are curved up instead of square.











and a close-up of the fabric:



As usual, Alley Cat Scratch has a more detailed description.



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weaver
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Jun 23 2009, 12:23pm

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I guess this is the elvish version of a tuxedo... [In reply to] Can't Post

Very classy!

I had no idea how many colors were in that robe -- it just looks "silvery" to me...

This reminds me of what he wears in the scene where Frodo wakes up after the eagle rescue -- the mandarin collar look and the fabric look the same to me -- makes me wonde if these two outfits meant to be a matching set or something? Do you know, Arwen's Daughter?

On the Hobbit board, Theodred posted this link about Orlando's mother selling his movie stuff: http://www.contactmusic.com/...-memorabilia_1107062

I wonder if any of his Elvish costumes are in that haul -- the only thing mentioned is a "wet suit" and I'm not a big enough Orlando fan to want that...Smile.

Weaver





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Jun 23 2009, 1:12pm

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That's been one of my favorite outfits [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't noticed the pants though, or the extra details and color going on underneath the first layer and below chest level. Thanks!


Arwen's daughter
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Jun 23 2009, 3:04pm

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hmmm... [In reply to] Can't Post


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This reminds me of what he wears in the scene where Frodo wakes up after the eagle rescue -- the mandarin collar look and the fabric look the same to me -- makes me wonde if these two outfits meant to be a matching set or something? Do you know, Arwen's Daughter?


I don't know about a matching set, but I did some quick legwork.

Frodo's wake-up/Fellowship Reunion

Legolas seems to be wearing the same shirt he wears in Lothlorien during Gandalf's lament and again during the drinking game in ROTK. The general consensus over at Alley Cat Scratch and other costume sites is that this is the undershirt from his Fellowship costume. I wish I could track down a good picture for you, but maybe I'll find one by the time I roll around to covering Legolas' general costume. Interestingly, you can see the close-up of his belt HERE, and it seems to have the same silver mallorn leaf design (I think) as the clasps on his coronation costume.



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weaver
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Jun 23 2009, 3:15pm

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that's a heck of an undershirt! [In reply to] Can't Post

Much better than a white cotton one made by Jockey! Smile

Thanks for doing some more research on this -- so if not a matched set, then the coronation robe is a dressed up version of casual elven clothing. I could see that...

And nice "belt" shot, too -- beautiful design and...I better stop there!

Weaver





Loresilme
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Jun 23 2009, 6:17pm

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That was so funny... [In reply to] Can't Post

How many moms with grown children who've moved out ... have told them: Look, I've asked you three times and now this is it, if you don't come pick up your junk from your old bedroom, I'm going to sell it!!

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Henoluin Elsilim
Rivendell


Jun 23 2009, 6:44pm

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I love this outfit. [In reply to] Can't Post

Its very classy. My parents always said it looked like he was wearing a dress though... they like to make fun of Legolas' "pretty-boy" looks, as they call it (actually, they think it looks like the "suit" in the "My Favorite Martian" movie... Crazy). I love it, though. Its kinda sad actually, because you don't really get to see much of it in the film.

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Magpie
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Jun 23 2009, 7:46pm

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Would the mallorn leaves imply... [In reply to] Can't Post

that the shirt is from Lothlorien? Mirkwood Elves wouldn't use that design would they?


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Jun 23 2009, 8:19pm

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Did they make a Legolas dress-up doll? [In reply to] Can't Post

Would be nice to have... on the other hand, they look ceremonial and sober while being very, very rich. I read somewhere the Elves were to be played by Japanese actors in early planning, perhaps the slight Oriental feel is still left from this idea?

And who's the very serious looking woman behind him? Looks like a 'named extra', perhaps one of the costume people?

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Jun 23 2009, 9:55pm

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That [In reply to] Can't Post

is a very grand outfit. Definately mallorn leaves for clasp. Oh, I can just imagine the feel of that robe.

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batik
Tol Eressea


Jun 24 2009, 1:52am

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so fitting for a Prince... [In reply to] Can't Post

but there was only a too-short glimpse of this in the film. I really like the styles of the collar and the sleeves on his robe. And the lining...and the detail of the fabric. wonder how the boots work. We are 4 days into some 95-98 degree temps and I am wondering about the breath-ability of the fabrics--looks like something a non-Elf might sweat bullets in! Unsure


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Jun 24 2009, 4:17am

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Elves sweating? [In reply to] Can't Post

Pfft - next you'll say that dirt adheres to their skin, or they get bidi-bids in their hair.

Perhaps the sweat evaporates directly into the World of Shadow. Hence their living in both worlds at once - fresh mountain air does wonders for a nose full of shadow-world funk. (Which might also explain the Nazguls' foul tempers...)

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batik
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Jun 24 2009, 4:22am

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Ha! just us non-Elves... [In reply to] Can't Post

of course I know Elves just glisten or gleam or something!


stormcrow20
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Jun 24 2009, 5:27am

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Awesome. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've never seen these! That costume is beautiful! Like so many other costumes, it really is a shame that it didn't get more screentime. And of all the various Legolas figures Toy Biz threw at us, why couldn't they have made one of this outfit?

Thanks again, Arwen's daughter. Smile

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Elven
Valinor


Jun 24 2009, 9:00pm

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Elves dont sweat - they perspire. [In reply to] Can't Post

Im sure Shirley Goldleaf Bassey-elf said that! Cool


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Elven
Valinor


Jun 24 2009, 9:14pm

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Gosh ... [In reply to] Can't Post

Shocked That is just the best costume on Orlando - the fabric is beautiful and the cut of the robe is exquisite - the silver suits him so well - and how perfect is his hair! Cool
Im wondering though about his eye colour here - I think Leggie has bluer eyes than that - maybe he didnt have his contacts in?

I love the sash and the pants - and the grey boots too.
Arrgghh - I really didnt take much notice of this outfit - possibly becasue I know Arwen is about to turn up - but I will certainly have a good look at it next time I watch the movies.

Thank-you Arwens daughter! Heart

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Jun 25 2009, 11:25am

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It's amazing the detail they put into things that would never be seen on film [In reply to] Can't Post

Like Legolas' pants here, or his boots (such incredibly comfortable looking boots! I want a pair!). Or I'm sure some of you remember learning in the commentaries that the inside of Theoden's (or possibly Eomer's) breastplate had an inscription. What dedication these costumers had! I swear, this stuff belongs in a museum.

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Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Jun 25 2009, 6:30pm

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Good question [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps it was a gift from Lady Galadriel? Or does the Fellowship take up this motif as a sort of badge of honor on their clothes? Could Legolas have found a silversmith in Gondor to have them made (and would he have had time)?

I think it's probably not a traditional Mirkwood design. I don't know what the filmmakers had in mind when they added the clasps, though.



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grammaboodawg
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Jun 29 2009, 4:39pm

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*gasp* pieces that don't even show [In reply to] Can't Post

are stunning and too beautiful for description. That is with his outfit and his appearance. The costume is amazing... but the way they fitted it to him, the colouring, the length, their choice in Orlando for this part... it all comes together to take on a life of its own. Each of these characters and their costumes have moments too great for expression.

This is one of them. wow..... geez.... thank you so much! *runs back to look some more*



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Jan 12 2015, 5:40pm

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wow

where is the action figure...........

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