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LOTR Fandom Loses One of its Own: Kent Elofson

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May 21 2012, 11:41am

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LOTR Fandom Loses One of its Own: Kent Elofson Can't Post

Here at TheOneRing.net, we are very proud of the community we have helped create, and like any community, we experience losses. One such loss occurred this weekend in Los Angeles, where the Tolkien fan community, and the costuming community as a whole, lost one of its brightest and most creative individuals. Kent Elofson died on May 18 of an apparent suicide in his Pasadena home, leaving behind a huge community of fellow costumers, all mourning his passing.

More behind the break.

Kent was born and raised in Southern California and began his creative life at Disneyland, where he worked first in the Character department, and then moved over into the Art Department and Imagineering. Chances are that if you've been to Disneyland in Anaheim or Paris, that you have enjoyed a little bit of Kent's creativity. Beyond that, Kent was an early proponent of the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire and a long standing genre costume re-creator. Amongst Tolkien fandom, Kent is best known for his Aragorn costumes, both as Strider and as Aragorn at the Black Gates. But anyone who has attended San Diego Comic con in the past decade can attest, Kent was a master costumer in many genres and across numerous media.

Kent's connection with TheOneRing.net and the Tolkien Fandom in Los Angeles goes back to the early days of the Lord of the Rings films when he showed up to an event dressed as Strider. It was clear he was really talented, and his subsequent impact on the LOTR costuming community in LA is the richer for it. Kent helped put together our Costuming Display at our first ORC convention and was a panelist for the event. He appeared in the Ringers: Lord of the Fans documentary and came to subesequent screenings for the film to celebrate. He recently was involved in the Todd of the Rings parody as none other than Strider, seen above in green screen, and he helped create many props and decorative items used at LA Tolkien events, such as an Eye of Sauron pinata. Locals always knew they would see amazing costumes from him, but that he was also always open to discussing how someone else could achieve and actualize their costume dream.

Some of his most recent costumes include Zaphod Beeblebrox, Riff-Raff, Batman, Green Lantern, Van Helsing and more. Above are just some images of Kent and his work, and we encourage his friends and partners in costuming to post their images and memories of Kent here too. [Forum Thread] [Facebook] As yet, no formal announcement has been made regarding a memorial service.


Calisuri here - the other day a friend sent along the picture below after hearing of Kent's passing. While it obviously features an extremely embarrassing moment in my life (I lost a bet to my wife and the Tolkien community), it showcases just how fun natured and charismatic Kent could be. For someone who took costuming to such a masterful level, it was really impressive of him to take a moment to participate in the silliness of the moment. He genuinely looks smitten with my version of Arwen right? lol - I'm not ashamed to share this very humbling pic because it brings back some great memories. God speed Kent - you will be missed!

(This post was edited by entmaiden on May 21 2012, 8:18pm)


May 21 2012, 9:03pm

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Sincere condolences to Mr. Elofson's family, friends and collegues.

"Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man's part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house." - Aragorn

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May 21 2012, 9:37pm

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Makes all our worries seem so small. Kent's family and friends, we wish we could be with you now, whoever and wherever you are out there.

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied


May 21 2012, 10:00pm

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my condolences to his family and loved ones. A very sad way to lose such a talented man.


May 22 2012, 2:29am

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oh no... this is so sad... [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember seeing Kent at my very first convention, ORC 2005. He never tired of having his picture taken with whomever walked up to him. Here he posed with Arevanye and me. He "was" Strider! Not just in costume, but his whole demeanor was a majestic, mysterious, gracious, capable, enigmatic, quiet, enchanting individual. He honoured the character he was representing. I remember seeing him several times at various conventions afterwards... always fantastic.

I'm so sad to hear of what has happened. He was very special and will be missed. Peace to his family, friends, and his fans.


I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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May 22 2012, 6:48am

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How sad to lose one of our own in the Tolkien community. I mourn the light that has gone out and send my condolences to his family and friends.

And, I want to remind everybody else that no matter how it feels at times, you are loved. Things can and will get better. Hang in there and ask for help.

I have no choice but to believe in free will.

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May 22 2012, 9:40am

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*mods up* Hear, hear :) // [In reply to] Can't Post



I really need these new films to take me back to, and not re-introduce me to, that magical world.

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