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Did You Ever Notice... Gimli's Coronation Outfit?

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Jul 3 2009, 2:46am

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Did You Ever Notice... Gimli's Coronation Outfit? Can't Post

Once again, most of these pics are fuzzy, so I apologize.

From the Art of Return of the King: "We went all-out with this, to represent the true dandy at the heart of every Dwarf. We wanted it to be as if Gimli had gone back to his home and found his most special garments. We designed intricate and ornate layers of embroidery for the velvet blue surcoat and the edge of his coat. Everything about this garment was slightly over the top, including the rings on his fingers." -- Ngila Dickson

I'll add that I don't believe the rings on his fingers made it into the movie. At least, I don't have any proof of them.

He wears the same maille sleeves and skirt, the same shoulder armor, the same gloves, the same boots, and the same belt as with his fellowship outfit.

What we do get are a new blue velvet surcoat and matching cloak. The surcoat is sleeveless with embroidered and jeweled trim down the front. It appears to be a cotton velvet. Velvet can me woven from a couple of different fibers, including silk, cotton, and some man-made fibers. Ngila used the silk velvet on the elves and used the cotton velvet for humans. Here she uses the stiffer cotton velvet for Gimli. There's a gold pattern printed on the surcoat.

The cloak is a rectangle of velvet gathered at his shoulders. Under the beard there must be some clasps to hold it on, but I don't have any photos of them.

So, any thoughts?

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Tol Eressea

Jul 3 2009, 2:51am

Post #2 of 8 (2229 views)
I actually was aware of this... [In reply to] Can't Post

... because of the action figure... one I never bought. I found it one of those figures designed to fill up wave slots or specifically aimed at collectors.

However, there's an interesting thing here... perhaps a rare preview at the dwarven capes for The Hobbit?

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

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Jul 3 2009, 3:21am

Post #3 of 8 (2206 views)
something borrowed...something blue... [In reply to] Can't Post

For some reason, your first sketch of Gimli makes me think of Bakshi's Balrog -- I guess it's the boots, they look like fuzzy slippers to me!

I think they got it in terms of an "over the top" look for the dwarf here...this seems to me to be "loud hawaiian shirt" equivalent in dwarf style, I think. With lots of bling! Mr. T had a belt like that didn't he?

It's clear to me that Ngila and JRD had similar concepts of Gimli's film personaltiy and how that might affect his clothing choices.

All that said, I really do like the look!


Tol Eressea

Jul 3 2009, 5:51pm

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spiffy! [In reply to] Can't Post

No...this does not look familiar at all. The blue and gold....outstanding. The detail on the tunic and the trim...very nice. Wonder what Gimli thought about getting all gussied up....'fine, but I'm not changing my boots!'


Jul 3 2009, 11:41pm

Post #5 of 8 (2173 views)
Redheads always look good in blue ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

I wonder if that mail undershirt is a little tight across the chest? Could it be that same shirt remade or polished up for this occasion? They've found many uses for the velvet. Frodo's Shire clothes were velvet also.

Royal blue for our Elf-friend Dwarf. What a special soul... and this outfit really honours his uniqueness. Beautiful :D


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Jul 4 2009, 2:48am

Post #6 of 8 (2172 views)
They really do! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've noticed that a lot.

And I just want to say, otherwise, that the trim on his overshirt/robe/whatever-you-call-it is neat. I think it all just fits together really well, and makes Gimli look like a handsome dwarf.


Jul 10 2009, 12:23am

Post #7 of 8 (2128 views)
Are they cabachons ... [In reply to] Can't Post

down the centre of the embroidery of the coat? They look like they have a blue 'lapiz' stone in the centre of a metal disk - I love the outfit -
and the blue really suits Gimli and the occassion - I right good looking dwarve indeed!

I notice his gloves aren't new ... LOL!!

Elven x


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Jul 10 2009, 12:50am

Post #8 of 8 (2149 views)
ha...that sounds like some kind of tropic insect! [In reply to] Can't Post

For a minute there, I though Gimli had bugses on his jacketses...

The things you learn around here!

Cabachons -- what a cool word!



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