Bombur The Dwarf Costume from The Hobbit from Marjorie Dawson on Vimeo.

Today we feature one of the Hobbit costumes in as much detail as we can, meet Bombur the Dwarf.

Meet Bombur, the tubbiest dwarf in Thorin Oakenshield‘s company on the quest to the Lonely Mountain, in J R R Tolkien’s book The Hobbit. Bombur’s costume was on display at the Embassy Cinema, where the Hobbit was given it’s World Premiere. 

Bombur the Dwarf Full Length Costume

Stephen Hunter, the actor wearing the costume, was not really as fat as Bombur, so had to wear a lot of padding. As the dwarves were on a quest there was a lot of action in the films, and they were shooting (and running) all over New Zealand at times.  Imagine running dressed up in this costume and extra padding!

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Practical Bombur Costume Close Ups

There is an homespun quality to Bombur’s costume, his trousers are a strong woven fabric bound with a practical fabric belt that looks as though it might double as a dust mask or scarf. His fingerless mittens are hand knit, and, if you look at the picture above you can see there is actually a nice pattern. These mittens are strong and practical, like the leather wrist binding that will keep his sleeves out of the way when Bombur fights or eats the food he enjoys.

Check out the amazing braces that hold up Bombur’s tweedy textured ‘woven’ trousers, finely plaited leather, similar to the leather bag hanging across his chest. The full length picture (see top) shows the bag in place.

There is also some very nice neck lacing on his shirt (under the leather waistcoat). They are all are fine touches that add to the character even though they are not always clearly seen on screen. Anne Maskrey and Bob Buck did a fine job for the 3 foot 7 Costume Department on The Hobbit movie.

Bombur The Dwarf Costume Trousers Detail

Recommended to browse The Tolkien Gateway – readable information on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

  • For more Hobbits and Dwarves – check here for the complete costume list.

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    Sometimes Cats Herd You

    April 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Wow, those are really cool!
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    Edie Chase

    April 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love reading about New Zealand and Middle Earth. Sorry i haven’t visited lately, my computer is so slow. I will try to visit and share more 🙂


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    April 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    That’s so cool! Though we are sure that Mr. Hunter was NOT cool if he had to wear all that padding and run all over Middle Earth! 🙂
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    April 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Really cool ! Purrs
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    da tabbies o trout towne

    April 22, 2015 at 4:42 am

    harvey….can ya imagine de WERK that wented inta theeze clothingz….manee thanx for sharin….thiz coztoom iz beyond kewl…itz mega kewl…. we troo lee hope that gandalph’s coztoom will bee in a post sum day…..him iz R fav o rite charaturrz !!


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    Traveling Cats

    April 23, 2015 at 1:55 am

    What fun. I’m a fan of these movies.
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    Savannah's Paw Tracks

    April 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

    the costuming alone was so fabulous. Can’t wait to see it all in person. Less than a year to go
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