Fili the Dwarf Costume from The Hobbit

Fili Costume From The Hobbit Boot Buckele detail

The detail in the Fili the Dwarf costume is impressive and great to see close up! This is the genuine costume from the movie, and, I hope – in spite of shooting through glass in busy Wellington Airport, that I managed to capture enough of the detail for you to appreciate; and also get in close for many of the fine work that our cosplay friends are keen to see. 

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Fili the Dwarf Costume Belt Front View
Fili the Dwarf Costume – Belt Front Detail including Buckles


Fili the Dwarf Costume
Fili the Dwarf Costume Rear Belt Details. Layered brass and leather with handbinding

One of the joys of being here in New Zealand was being able to get in close to the handmade details, and fine leather work, on The Hobbit Costume Trail exhibition pieces, and then to share with our Middle-Earth readers.

All of the Hobbit costumes take the breath away, and the costume for Fili the Dwarf shows the consistently high quality from the designers for every single dwarf character. 

Fili the Dwarf Costume Details

Fili the Dwarf is nephew to Thorin Oakenshield and, as such, you can see elements of richness in what he wears, balanced by good dwarven practicality.

Check out the work involved in Dean O’Gorman’s costume. Dean is a New Zealander, born in Auckland and he was thrilled to have been involved with the movie. Much of the finer detail would not be seen is sharp close-up but, I think, it would look less convincing  if the attention to detail was not so exact and well executed. Credit goes to Anne Maskrey and Bob Buck at 3 Foot 7 Costume Dept.

Fili the Dwarf Costume
Fili the Dwarf Costume Sleeve Guard and cuff – detail.
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Fili the Dwarf Costume Cross Body Belt, Tooled, and Metal Buckle elements. Just Seen – possible hooded garment underneath coat.

Check out the detail on the leather and suede elements of the costume. I believe it is stamped (or tooled?) on to the surface, and the cuffs and collar of the coat are sturdy goat hair. If you check below, you can also spot simple, functional sheepskin mittens peeping out.

Fili the Dwarf Costume an apology!

Fili the Dwarf Costume
Fili the Dwarf Costume Back View of the emsemble.

It was impossible to capture a good image of the front of Fili’s costume in the airport show case, so we apologise for this. Many of the imperfections came from the constant flow of passengers past the case and we had to abandon a full frontal shot.

BUT if you need specific detail beyond what we can show in smaller sections, we suggest supplementing the pictures with a thorough check of the movie footage, if you can bring yourself to stop the movie……

Fili the Dwarf Costume
Fili the Dwarf Costume Lower Half of the Costume Front View.
Fili The Dwarf Costume
Fili The Dwarf Costume Boots with Strapping and Buckles

We will feature brother Kili next time on the Hobbit Costume Trail, and many details of The Hobbit can be found at the Tolkien Gateway.

  • More costumes from The Hobbit can be found here

Harvey Button
Fili the Dwarf Costume
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7 thoughts on “Fili the Dwarf Costume from The Hobbit

  1. The Swiss Cats

    Amazing ! We love to discover the costumes of the characters of the Hobbit movie ! Purrs


  2. da tabbies o trout towne

    pee ezz…miranda…we iz crackin UP at de answer ewe leeved over at nellies finish de sentence game two day XXXXXX


  3. Brian Frum

    That is amazing and very cool too!


  4. da tabbies o trout towne

    harvey…dood…manee thanx for sharin theeze fotoz… we loves em N inn deed it does look like tooling on de leatherwerks… awesum job bye de costoom cree aturr either way….fili’s sleeve …ROCKS !!!!! XXXXX


  5. meowmeowmans

    Hi Harvey!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful and intricately detailed costumes with us. The workmanship is just amazing, and so neat to see.


    Moosey, Gracie and Zoe, and Mom and Dad


  6. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    Harvey Button we luvluvluv seeing the detail of these costumes. PAWSOME


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