Thorin Oakenshield Costume The Hobbit

The Hobbit Costumes

The design of the Thorin Oakenshield Costume was one of the most magnificent in the whole Hobbit movie.

As we travelled in search of Thorin Oakenshield on the Hobbit Costume Trail back in 2015, we discovered that it not always easy to photograph the textures, colours and volume or ‘feel’ of a piece, but, we hope to have captured some of Thorin’s glory for you to see here. 

Thorin Oakenshield Costume Chest View

Thorin Oakenshield Costume – Impressions

Thorin’s is a particularly fabulous costume and having scored his autograph at the world premiere, An Unexpected Journey, 3 years ago, this gives it his regal garments a special resonance for us! If you want to see a lot of the best detail we could capture, the  slideshow below shows the detailed images.

If you want to see individual images enlarged click [Show Thumbnails] at the top left, and you will see individual images that you can click and enlarge to their full size.


Thorin Oakenshield Costume – the Detail

Richard Armitage (Thorin) is 1.89 metres (6′ 2½”) tall and the costume created by Anne Maskrey and Bob Buck has real presence with its luxurious fur/hair lined leather over coat and embellished tunic beneath. The blue is a darker shade, not navy, enhanced with luxurious silver stitching.

The decoration carries on to the tunic beneath the leather coat. [N.B. The photograph shows a layer of seemingly ‘dusty’ texture due to an unavoidable reflection] the leather is plain blue and has the look of being worn by a real person, actually lived in. This is a movie costume that has been worn, not an untouched exhibition piece.

Costume for Thorin Oakenshield

The sleeves are capped with armour inspired shoulder caps, worn here with a pair of magnificently tooled leather gauntlets. The overall impression is very dwarvish and chunky. Much of the metal work is individually made plates sewn on to the fabric, they look as though they have been hand stamped with tools.

One of the glories of the costume is the superb belt buckle. I could not tell if it is metal (heavy) or a very convincing resin but it has a look that blends regal and dwarf artistry in the blocky design and large faux stone.

The superb boots look amazing too. Check these out, they look like cowhide with a special dwarven embellishment on the toe cap!

See you in Middle-Earth
Harvey Button
Harvey Middle Earth Monday Correspondent





Our highly detailed post on Thorin Oakenshield!


4 thoughts on “Thorin Oakenshield Costume The Hobbit

  1. meowmeowmans

    Hi Harvey!

    Such wonderful craftsmanship — that costume is SO detailed and convincing.

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Brian

    That is pretty darn amazing!


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