Lesley Burkes Harding (Costume Designer, Legolas and Tauriel):
"With Legolas my philosophy had been to avoid straight lines wherever possible. Rather than cut straight across him, his belt ran off the line of his hips and dipped down at the front.
[…] Like his tunic, the boots Legolas wore were also deerskin, made with a curved lace-up that climbed the muscle of his leg. It caused the boot makers all kinds of trouble because it cut straight through all the lines they would ordinarily follow when making their patterns, but we wouldn’t relent. Once we had embarked on that concept of no straight lines we had to follow through, while ensuring that we were making something that was not just aesthetically pleasing but also practical for Orlando to work in, with good soles.”
Alex Falkner (Weta Workshop Props Model Making Supervisor):
"We must have made 500 arrows for Mirkwood Elves, with a variety of specialized tips. Different squads of Elves had them for different purposes.”
"I was very concerned about Tauriel’s incredible, long red locks getting in the way of drawing her knives and arrows from her scabbards and quiver. Working together with Weta Workshop’s team we devised brackets that would bring the weapons further around my body than would be traditionally work, so that I could draw them out from the front of my body.”
Lesley Burkes Harding:
"Tauriel is a woman of action so I wanted to give her a suitably elegant piece of light Elven armour which wasn’t a corset that some cloistered princess might wear, but a piece of practical clothing for the captain of Thranduil’s Guard.”
Next pages: Thranduil’s Weapons & Props, Thranduil’s Costumes
Collective tag link: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cloaks and Daggers
1600px versions: Dropbox repository (updated as I post more pages, might take a few days for new pages to show)
Notes: These photo excerpts are meant to be used by fans as references for the creation of The Hobbit fanwork (cosplay, art, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) Feel free to repost, use, and edit any of these photographs as you wish. Credit back to me is unnecessary.
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Someday i will cosplay something elven from the tolkien verse!