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 for ‘An Unexpected Journey‘. We discovered that it not always easy to photograph the textures, colours and volume or ‘feel’ of a costume. But we hope to have captured some of Thorin’s glory for you to see here. Unfortunately we can’t see the Weta Workshop armour. There is a look at Thorin’s sword here on the Weta movie replica.


Thorin Oakenshield Costume – Impressions

Thorin’s is a particularly fabulous costume and having scored his autograph at the world premiere. This was at ‘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.


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.


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





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    January 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    That is pretty darn amazing!


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    The Swiss Cats

    January 26, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Amazing ! Purrs
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    January 26, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Hi Harvey!

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

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Ellen Pilch

    January 28, 2015 at 6:54 am

    That was very interesting.


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