Gloin The Dwarf Costume has some spectacular elements and is movie costume making at its best. We have done our best to capture as much as we can for our cosplay colleagues. One of the biggest challenges is getting pictures of Gloin The Dwarf was the light, as you will see!
The Gloin costume as worn in The Hobbit
Each of the costumes is an authentic Hobbit garment that appears in the movies. Peter Jackson with 3 foot 7 Costume Department and Weta Workshop. The aim of these pages is to give cosplay costumiers a better idea of how to recreate specific elements for their Hobbit or Lord of the Rings clothing replicas.
The Glóin mannequin was placed in a gloomy hotel foyer and brightly backlit which made capturing detail a challenge. But, with a little help from photo editing software, I managed to get some pretty cool shots of the Hobbit costumes and fabulous detail!
The dwarf Gloin is played by Peter Hambleton. Gloin is one of the company who accompanied Thorin Oakenshield on his quest to the Lonely Mountain, Erebor. Gloin and his son Gimli later attended the Council of Elrond before Frodo Baggins begins his quest to destroy the One Ring (Lord of the Rings trilogy).
According to the book of The Hobbit, Gloin thinks Bilbo Baggins looks more like a grocer than a burglar! This annoys Bilbo enough to make him join the quest!
Gloin survived the Battle of the Five Armies and settled in the Lonely Mountain afterwards. He is also father to Gimli who plays a big part in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Gloin The Dwarf Costume Details
Although not one of the major players in The Hobbit, Gloin is a strong character., the attention to detail is stunning. The fabric of the jacket and trousers appear to be a russet velour, brushed cotton, or soft ‘kid’ like texture, with a leaf motif stamped into the fabric (see right arm below). There appear to be at least two layers to the jacket bottom, each edged in leather and with the fabric appearing to be woven as strips making a panel around the hem.
“Gloin controls the money during the voyage and is also fond of grooming his hair in an elaborate fashion“
The gauntlets are either very elaborate and long enough to form protective arm bracers or a shorter gauntlet with bracers attached, and they are one of the costume’s chief glories! The leatherwork looks quite elaborate and has a plaited top edge. The belt is wide tooled leather and has a heavy double-pronged buckle.
Gloin The Dwarf Movie Costume Details
As a final and very practical finishing touch to the Gloin Costume, there are a couple of shaped leather pouches attached to Gloin’s belt. These look very realistically ‘worn in’ as if Gloin has been carrying them around since he made them, or was given them as a youth. They look practical, polished to a dark brown patina with age and a fine example of the leather maker’s art.
We are amazed at the detail, and the invention by Anne Maskrey and Bob Buck of 3 Foot 7 Costume Department. So many details fuse together to become one very specific character in the film. Next time you settle down to watch the Hobbit series – remember the wealth of detail you may never see but which forms a vital part of the actor’s mental preparation for the role!
More of The Hobbit costumes can be seen here.