Arwen's Battle Outfit
(aka Dark maroon dress)
Earlier version of the TTT script had Arwen joining in the battle for Helms Deep... at least according to rumor. The final script changed and Arwen is seen only in flashback in Aragorn's memory, keeping truer to the book.
Council of Elrond folks discovered a couple of pics where you can see Arwen's distinctive sword, white horse, and her head bobbing up and down. In shot's where it is really clear, she has been replaced by Legolas by Weta Digital. Also see Torn's notes: http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/2/1042493150
So, the story line is gone, but a very lovely dress is still proof of it's one-time existence.
(Very approximate, we don't have much to work with here since this is a deleted scene)
Dark maroon velvet, sleeveless surcoat. High necked with large standing collar. The neck seam is self-piped. Small silver buttons run down the front. They close with loops. We are guessing that the gown opens all the way down the front.
Sack sleeve almost look like a capelet in the back. They are tacked over the main dress just touching the collar and hanging down the sides and the back.
The bodice comes to a point in front. 4 pieces, only side shaping. The skirt is probably separate like her Chase outfit and many other elfin dresses.
The surcoat is split for riding. It curves up a bit in front. Don't really know if the back is trained as in the art work.
For battle, she wears long, dark leather vambraces. The are heavily tooled and extend up almost to her elbow. These will be in the Rohan style. As story line, they were "borrowed" from Rohan.
(Lot more guessing here, but we've also seen a lot of undergowns so we should be close).
The fabric has a crinkled texture and looks and flows like silk.
The sleeve description presents a bit of a challenge. They are set in. However, it looks like there are two parts. The under sleeve blouses a bit at the end and can be seen fairly clearly ballooning above the vambraces . In the TV guide picture, she has another layer of the same fabric.
This is looks to be a two part sleeve (but can't see the seam). Two part, because the lower sleeve, appears to have a petal wrap. The inside is lined with an embroidered fabric.
There is a tight inner sleeve.
Pure spec time here - blame Cat for these guesses
If we could see the whole costume, betting there is a chance that it would resemble the sketch in the FOTR Art book, page113, top right.
They look to be the same leggings we see in the Chase Outfit. Color: a light maroon/plum. The fabric is fairly sturdy.
Same boots as with her Chase Outfit.
The battle shots... just the sleeves
Concept art for her Armor from Art of TTT
This page was last updated 04/22/08