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Thorin Oakenshield Costume – How To Dress Like a Dwarf

The Thorin Oakenshield costume was one of the most iconic and magnificent in the entire Hobbit movie series.

Are you looking to recreate an exact replica of Richard Armitage’s costume as Thorin in The Hobbit Movie? Look no further – these photographs of Thorin Oakenshield should give you all the inspiration you need. Whether you’re trying to put together an incredible cosplay or fancy dress costume for a ComicCon event, or even just for Armageddon show, these photos are the place to get started. Get ready to look like a dwarf of quality with this accurate costume photography!

Thorin Oakenshield Costume Detailed Cosplay Photograph

As I travelled in search of Thorin the Dwarf on the Hobbit Costume Trail celebrating the launch of The Hobbit, I took pictures of the ‘An Unexpected Journey‘ costumes. I discovered that it not always easy to photograph the textures, colours and volume or ‘feel’ of a costume.

I hope to have captured some of Thorin’s glory for you to see here and replicate of you are a keen cosplayer. This is the adult Thorin costume, I know there are kid’s Thorin costumes available online for sale.

Thorin Okenshield Gauntlet closeup Leatherwork

Unfortunately, there is no Weta Workshop armour. Here is a look at Thorin’s sword here on the Weta movie replica.

Thorin Oakenshield Costume – Impressions

Thorin’s is a particularly opulent costume and having scored his autograph at the world premiere I was pleased to get up close to this costume. If you want to see a lot of the best detail we could capture, the images of the movie costume at the bottom of the post shows a wealth of detail. We love the detail of the Thorin Oakenshield coat too.

We hope that cosplayers and makers will appreciate the images of Thorin Oakenshield, even with no Richard Armitage wearing them.

Movie Costume Photo Details

Richard Armitage (Thorin) is 1.89 metres (6′ 2½”) tall and the costume created by Anne Maskrey and Bob Buck has a real presence with its luxurious fur/hair lined leather overcoat and embellished tunic beneath. The blue is a darker shade, not navy, enhanced with luxurious silver stitching.

Thorin Okenshield costume Belt Buckle for cosplay detail
Presentation Card Hobbit Display

Costume Detailing

The decoration carries on to the tunic beneath the leather coat. The leather is plain blue and has the look of being worn by a real person not afux distressed but actually lived in. This is a movie costume that has been worn, not an untouched exhibition piece and this gives it extra resonance to every cosplayer who wants to recreate it.

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.

Thorin Okenshield

Much of the metalwork is individually made plates sewn on to the fabric, they look as though they have been hand-stamped with tools.

Thorin Okenshield Closeup of The Hobbit costume detailing

One of the glories of the costume is the superb Thorin Oakenshield 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.

Thorin Oakenshield Small Costume Details

The superb boots look amazing too. Check this image of the metal toecap. The boots look like cowhide with a special dwarven embellishment on the toe cap!

Thorin Okenshield Boot Toe Cap Detail from costume
Thorin Okenshield
Thorin Okenshield

Note: All of these photos were taken using autofocus on my basic camera. I still hope you can see enough detail to recreate the costume for your next cosplay event.

6 thoughts on “Thorin Oakenshield Costume – How To Dress Like a Dwarf”

  1. Hi Harvey!

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

    Thanks for sharing!


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