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Incredible concept art for Thranduil's guards.


Nov 29 2013, 8:14pm

Post #1 of 12 (1227 views)
Incredible concept art for Thranduil's guards. Can't Post

This has been officially released on Weta's page for the art book:



Nov 29 2013, 8:25pm

Post #2 of 12 (612 views)
Excellent design. [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 29 2013, 8:35pm

Post #3 of 12 (636 views)
That's right up there with Azog.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Excellent indeed

The Shire

Nov 29 2013, 8:39pm

Post #4 of 12 (564 views)
Very cool [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the design. I think it truly reflects that these Elves are the only Elves on the front lines regularly. They are reminiscent of the Tower Guards of Gondor, another nation on the front lines.

You really get a feeling that Thranduil (and Oropher) were influenced by kingdoms of the First Age. I can more accurately picture the hidden warriors of Nargothrond.

I also find it interesting to see the way this forest nation tackles the issue of remaining unseen. Lothlorien Elves have their cloaks that change color, probably devised by Noldor or influenced by the power of Nenya. Mirkwood Elves have neither, so their camouflage is more typical, relying on leaf shaped motifs and patterns.

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Nov 29 2013, 8:55pm

Post #5 of 12 (550 views)
In the bottom pictures, is that mesh over their eyes? [In reply to] Can't Post

That doesn't make sense for fighters, who would want clear vision when they're alert for trouble at all times. That fan design on the helmets is also a bit reminiscent of the bird wing motifs on the helmets of the Gondor fighters and guards of the Citadel.

Other than those quibbles, I really like the design. The outfits really look like a warrior version of the Elf designs we've seen to date.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
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Nov 29 2013, 9:41pm

Post #6 of 12 (477 views)
Great design indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Seems like there might be some Second Age/Numenorean cultural influence (the helmets in particular seem to have shades of the Citadel/Fountain Guards from RotK...or, perhaps it should be said that the Fountain Guards were modeled after these Palace Guards?)

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5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


Nov 29 2013, 10:12pm

Post #7 of 12 (483 views)
Another page from the art book: [In reply to] Can't Post



Nov 29 2013, 10:16pm

Post #8 of 12 (464 views)
Might some of the palace guard... [In reply to] Can't Post

... have more ceremonial than practical armours, perhaps? That could explain it. Similar to the helmets of the Tower Guard in Minas Tirith.

I really like them... although the bottom ones almost look too sinister, imho. Although this kind of works as the Mirkwood Elves will probably be portrayed relatively isolatonist, at least Thranduil compared to Galadriel and Elrond.

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The Shire

Nov 30 2013, 2:10am

Post #9 of 12 (320 views)
Any chance of getting a link to the original Tumblr post? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd like to reblog these, but I can't trace back to the Tumblr just from the image links.


Nov 30 2013, 3:18am

Post #10 of 12 (292 views)
Weta has it on their website ... [In reply to] Can't Post


Grey Havens

Nov 30 2013, 7:51am

Post #11 of 12 (232 views)
Wonderful detail! [In reply to] Can't Post

I bet WETA's physical product is even more impressive. Smile

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nandorin elf

Dec 1 2013, 1:28am

Post #12 of 12 (132 views)
Beautiful [In reply to] Can't Post

Those are awesome! I especially like the last one with the helmet covering the face. It has a Greek feel to it. The threatening feel is perfect since the Mirkwood Elves are "more dangerous, and less wise".


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