I couldn’t resist the opportunity to capture some photos of the Bilbo Baggin’s costume from the Hobbit Movie.
The movie’s costume tour was created to commemorate the film’s premiere in New Zealand and featured a stunning display of costumes. For me, one of the highlight was Bilbo Baggins’ iconic costume, which was expertly crafted and which I share here.
The wealth of detail in the costume of Bilbo Baggins will delight cosplayers. Check out Sting, the Mithril vest and Bilbo’s splendid coat. The hand tooled belt and decorated handle you see at the top of the blade are works of art.
Bilbo Baggins’ Costume Photo Notes
When I photographed it, the costume for Bilbo was situated at the building formerly known as Kirkauldie and Staines, Wellington. This building is now cloased and I aim to take better photographs in it’s new location.
As the Bilbo Baggins costume was in the middle of the brightly lit ladies wear department when I first found it, the costume proved a challenge to photograph, but I managed some good shots of the genuine costume worn by Martin Freeman. You can even see the dirt on the hem of his robe from the outdoor shoots in the movie!
The Fabric and Embellishment of Bilbo Baggin’s Costume
- Bilbo’s outer coat is a blue velvet/velour lined in textured grey (linen?) with what appears to be a fringe of sheepskin around the collar. Also note the very impressive (genuine) dust, dirt and grime along the hem of the jacket! Full-length image at the bottom of this post.
- The cuffs mirror the fringing around the collar.
- The belt is leather and the surface decoration looks hand tooled.
- The Mithril vest looks perfect. It sparkles and gleams. Check the chainmaille fabric and superb embellishment!
- Under the Mithril is a simple collarless linen shirt in a pale oatmeal colour.
- The plain green waistcoat looks like linen and it fastens with the genuine Weta Workshp Brass Buttons with an acorn motif.
- The Hobbit trousers are a light tan corduroy, cropped even on (Martin Freeman. (Martin is not a tall actor.)
- Note the leather ‘brace’ or loop (below) that keeps Sting from swinging dangerously.
The Hobbit Movie Resources
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can create impressive cat photographs and fun movies with the camera they carry.
She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.