"The armour I wore in The Lord of the Rings looked fantastic, but it was certainly heavier and a slightly different style. This armour, on The Hobbit, is much lighter to wear and it looks terrific as well. I think Matt Appleton has done an incredible job with all of it.”
Matt Appleton (Weta Workshop Costume Supervisor):
"I think Kate Venables should take a bow for her fantastic job on the leatherwork. As an armour technician in our team at Weta Workshop she poured her heart and soul into that armour and it showed in the final result. It was a beautiful suit.
Hugo Weaving was a pleasure to work with—so easy-going and positive. We dressed him up in a rich brown suit of armour that was an extrapolation on the suit he wore for The Lord of the Rings, though more comfortable to wear this time around and richer in its level of detail and finish.”
Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop Design and Special Effects Supervisor):
"Coming back for The Hobbit Peter wanted to see some of the protectors of this Elven enclave. The chief influence for this new armour was golden High Elf armour worn by the soldiers we saw Elrond leading in battle upon the Gorgoroth plain in The Fellowship of the Ring.”
"We had created tassettes that hung all the way down the front, something that was done because we thought they were only going to be standing around looking imposing, but then it turned out they needed to be on horses. Fortunately we solved that one. Somewhere there is a video of me riding a fake horse wearing those tassettes—not just the tassettes, I should add.”
Next pages: Rivendell Elf Weapons, Saddlery
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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