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Was Arwen wearing a bra? (hate to ask)
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Scourge of the Stoors
Rivendell

Jan 4 2014, 10:37am

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Was Arwen wearing a bra? (hate to ask) Can't Post

Okay, this is not meant to be trollish or anything, but when Arwen is wearing her blue gown and holding Aragorn's hands in TTT, it looks like the skin on her chest is showing right through the cloth. It really bugs me and takes me out of the movie. Totally inappropriate for Tolkien.


Barbarb
The Shire

Jan 4 2014, 12:29pm

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I think so [In reply to] Can't Post

I kinda noticed it too, though I think she is probably wearing something flesh coloured under the dress.


IdrilofGondolin
Rohan

Jan 4 2014, 2:35pm

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Doesn't look Like It [In reply to] Can't Post

And I think I remember Liv Tyler saying in an interview that she was not wearing much of anything under those dresses. The blue one she wore in the scene where Aragorn is reclining on the divan definately has structural under-garments, but the death dress and I think the coranation dress seem not to be supported by anything, if you know what I mean.


Magpie
Immortal


Jan 4 2014, 4:35pm

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if you hate to ask... then why do it? [In reply to] Can't Post

I never understand statements like that. Why do something you 'hate' to do or you are 'sorry' to do (as others might phrase it). You have choices.

The topic, imo, is not worthy of public discussion. It lacks a certain... decorum, if you will.

If you feel her undergarments were inappropriate for Tolkien then why would discussing the undergarments be appropriate for Tolkien or a Tolkien board? I mean, I would hope we would strive for Tolkien's standards in lots of things when discussing Tolkien.

This is all while acknowledging (as it is important to do or get called on), that you have a right to discuss it. At least as long as it meets the 'family friendly' code for the forum which is not my call to make.


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Wilfred
Bree


Jan 4 2014, 5:10pm

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Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe TORn is first and foremost a Peter Jackson film forum, not a Tolkien forum (that is, it was created primarily for fans of the films, not for Tolkien buffs).

In any case, TORn is closely linked to the films and discussion about Liv Tyler's underwear (or lack thereof) took place within the EE special features so I think it's perfectly appropriate for this forum - far more so than some of the outrageous 'shipping that goes on on this forum, anyway.




Magpie
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Jan 4 2014, 5:12pm

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and then... [In reply to] Can't Post

...we disagree.

that's all we can leave it at.

I would never discuss someone's lack of underwear in any less than very private company.


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Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


Jan 4 2014, 5:16pm

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We do see a bra strap under one of the [In reply to] Can't Post

In pictures of her blue and silver gown (the requiem gown) there is a bra strap. Though whether it's a separate garment or part of a built in support I don't know.

I won't argue whether or not this gown is up to Tolkien's standards, but I will say that a lot can be hidden with movie magic. And though the dress is sheer around her knees when the light shows through there is an extra layer of fabric up around her torso and her body is blocking the light from coming through. So it may still be sheer (I don't know how sheer) but you wouldn't be able to see as much of her bust as you can of her legs.



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FarFromHome
Valinor


Jan 4 2014, 8:16pm

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There are no bras in Middle-earth.... [In reply to] Can't Post

They weren't invented until the 20th century. Tongue

But I think it's clear enough that Arwen is wearing some kind of undergarment with that sheer dress. Whatever it is, it's skin-coloured, but the silhouette is very demure - no inappropriate outlines can be seen! (By the way, is it really so un-Tolkien to have sheer garments worn by elf women? It seems quite appropriate to me, providing it's all very discreet of course....)

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But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
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the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
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IdrilofGondolin
Rohan

Jan 4 2014, 10:45pm

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Costumer's Dilemma [In reply to] Can't Post

Clothing is designed with several things in mind including the undergarments in current fashion. Fashion changes of course and part of that change is new undergarment design. For example, in the 1920's women wore a type of corset that flattened them out front and back. Cami-knickers were fashionable. Neither of these would have produced the silhouette of the Victorian or Edwardian eras. One cannot successfully wear vintage clothing (I know this from experience) unless one is wearing the correct undergarments. The real question here is what were the costume designers were hoping to achieve for Arwen's silhouette, Arwen's undergarments or lack thereof would be chosen with that in mind. So yours is a good question.

Oh, and a linen bra dating to the 1400's was found in tact in an Austrian castle recently.


Mad Baggins
The Shire

Jan 4 2014, 11:44pm

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Star Wars [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm having flashbacks to Star Wars.

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Ataahua
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Jan 5 2014, 1:00am

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I'm remembering comments about Frodo's clothing, [In reply to] Can't Post

possibly coming from Elijah, where it was said that even the underwear he wore was designed in Hobbit style - even though no one would ever see them in the film. I have no doubt that any underwear that Liv was wearing would have been designed within the Elf aesthetic.

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Barrow-Wight
Rohan


Jan 5 2014, 3:49am

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I'll be honest.... [In reply to] Can't Post

......I like that scene lol


ElendilTheShort
Gondor


Jan 5 2014, 6:20am

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FarFromHome
Valinor


Jan 5 2014, 3:08pm

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Frodo's underwear [In reply to] Can't Post

caused a bit of a stir, I recall, when we got a glimpse of it in the Tower of Cirith Ungol. When someone suggested that it was a mistake and that it was Elijah Wood's own underwear showing, there were two kinds of response. Some people posted pictures of period-correct gentlemen's linen drawers (which matched the waistband you could see in the scene), while others posted pics of Elijah flashing his multicoloured boxers at fan events!

I also recall Hugo Weaving talking about the layers of beautiful Elvish clothing that were forever hidden under his outer garments. I think we can be pretty sure that Liv Tyler had at least equally beautiful and delicate underclothing - although I expect a bit of what Arwen's Daughter calls "movie magic" is involved as well. After all, mere mortal Liv Tyler would probably need a little more help with these things than an Elf would. I'm sure a little elf magic must have been involved in keeping that "requiem gown" in place, for example!

On the OP's original point, I've just remembered that the scene in which Arwen is wearing the translucent dress is actually meant to be a dream of Aragorn's. I vaguely recall from the commentaries that the original idea had been to make it a bedroom scene, but that the filmmakers realized that wouldn't be appropriate. That may be the origin of having Arwen wear what is essentially a negligé in the scene. It's not really so different, though, from the dream-like descriptions of Beren and Luthien's first encounter, as written by Tolkien:

A! lissom limbs and shadowy hair
and chaplet of white snowdrops there;
O! starry diadem and white
pale hands beneath the pale moonlight!
She left his arms and slipped away
just at the breaking of the day.
(Lays of Beleriand)

Tolkien could write intimate encounters when he wanted to!

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings



warhorse78
Bree


Jan 6 2014, 3:09am

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I felt like Arwen was being free [In reply to] Can't Post

And maybe sporting something like Madonna does in Vogue.


Barrow-Wight
Rohan


Jan 6 2014, 4:18am

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Elrond [In reply to] Can't Post

She wears those clothes when she can cause Elrond probably doesn't allow her to lol "Arwen you are 2,000 years old you are not leaving this house looking like that!" lol


Eruonen
Tol Eressea


Jan 7 2014, 12:13am

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And physically, she may never had need of one until the "light of the valar" [In reply to] Can't Post

was let go and she became mortal. The youthful and immortal physique would eventually give way to natural aging.

The thread is really about continuity issues regarding the use of clothing that may or may not have been present and / or if it was a film error. Just like the blue nylon rope in the Grey Havens and the car in the background.

I don't think we have to consider elven women as nuns when it came to dress. Looking over artistic renderings of Luthien one sees similar approaches to light, flowing clothing.

Artists have also painted Luthien and Guinevere is similar fashion.

Lastly, who is to say elves had not crafted such clothing? Just because humans discovered it late does not mean it could never have existed among elf folk. They took the technology with them.


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Cillendor
Lorien

Jan 7 2014, 1:54am

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Why does it matter? [In reply to] Can't Post

Middle-earth could have completely different standards of dress and modesty. Tolkien seems to have written it to fit pretty closely with European fashions, but there's no reason to think she would've had a bra. I don't see what the big deal is either way.

If it takes you out of the movie, shut your eyes at that scene.


(This post was edited by Cillendor on Jan 7 2014, 1:55am)


Kassandros
Rohan


Jan 7 2014, 2:12am

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If this takes you out of the movie... [In reply to] Can't Post

How on earth did you make it through the previous 10 hours?

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...


demnation
Rohan


Jan 8 2014, 3:12pm

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Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe TORn is first and foremost a Peter Jackson film forum, not a Tolkien forum (that is, it was created primarily for fans of the films, not for Tolkien buffs).


If that's the case, then I have to ask myself what I'm doing here.

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Darkstone
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Jan 8 2014, 3:44pm

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That's right, you're wrong. / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Darkstone
Immortal


Jan 8 2014, 4:58pm

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I don't see how Tolkien would mind either way. [In reply to] Can't Post

According to Mary Renault, who was a student of Tolkien's in the 1920s, he was very much into supporting equal rights for women at Oxford.

(BTW, note that during the 1920s, ladies' "bras" were often little more than camisoles.)

Note Letter 294:

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Ms. Renault died in 1983, renowned as one of the 20th century's greatest authors of gay literature.

Tolkien wasn't quite the blue-nosed Victorian you might assume, so I doubt a bra-less female would freak him out.

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Jan 8 2014, 7:36pm

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squire
Valinor


Jan 8 2014, 9:09pm

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Yes and no [In reply to] Can't Post

As others have noted, although it's true that TORn originated due to and during the build-up to the New Line films, it has always incorporated Tolkien as much as, or more than, Jackson as its center. After all, before the films had come out what other kind of Tolkien fan was there, to come and join TORn?

On the other hand, regarding forums within forums, this particular board is of course the Movie Board - clearly dedicated to discussions of matters related to the New Line films of LotR. As such, I think a *tasteful* consideration of this aspect of Arwen's wardrobe design is perfectly appropriate -- and of course interesting to many of us, no matter whether Tolkien himself would have engaged in thoughts of Elven undergarments!



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Brethil
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Jan 8 2014, 9:52pm

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