Elrond's Elven Battle-Armor - Last
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Layer 1: Shirt, trousers, boots
- The undershirt is a dark (midnight) blue.
- We never get to see anything but the collar... the 6" toy is our
- The sleeves are straight; loose at the lower arm, later tucked into
- Collar, slightly raised up on the neck.
- Seen on the 6" Elrond action figure, the collar at first seemed
slit, then upon closer examination, is shown to cross over to his
left. [See collar diagram]
To make the shirt... two options
- Since it is mostly hidden beneath the rest of the armor and isn't
seen unless the mantle, the plate armor, and the chain hauberk are
removed, a substitution could be a slit collar.
- diagrams will show the slit collar so as to not obscure the rest
- Wrap over:
- We can't see enough of the collar to know if it's a kimono wrap or
uses a bit of a rolled collar. Either way, a wrap over bathrobe
pattern would work.
- If it's a wrap, there is probably a tie belt. Translation...
under layer is very Jedi in nature
- The trousers are loose fitting mossy green color. They are
tucked in the boots.
- Looks like a silk fabric, maybe mixed with metallic threads.
- No special details know at all.
- The boots lace up the front, with the top point coming to just below
- They are made of medium-dark brown leather
- According to the toy, they have a simple vine design on the sides,
This is the pattern on calf of boots. It is on both sides.
the 6" Elrond doll. The front of the leg is to the left of the design.
[See boot design diagram]
We have found after examining other toys that the design is
normally slightly simplified. So it would be good to check the books
to see if a fancier design like these exist.
Layer 2: Armor-skirt
For real battle armor, this "skirt" would be made of fabric thick enough to give some protection or a
light-to-medium-weight leather. However, it is the same green crinkled
textured fabric as the trousers. It is edged in trim.
It has been suggested that this is watermarked sari silk.
There is a petal-shaped front overlap of about 4-6".
enhanced to show drape at bottom of the shirt. See how the pants
are very loose
- Front: The bottom of the overlap is at mid-thigh, and
angles down to the sides.
- Sides & back: bottom is at calf-length.
- Gold trim rims the outer edge of the skirt, aprox 3/4 an inch wide.
- The skirt is sewn together at the waist only. This leaves the panels
free to slide over each other to give ease of movement.
- There may or may not be a waist band. This could be fastened with buttons or buckles and tabs.
- Make sure that there is enough flare when you "wrap" the skirt or
you may not be able to walk in it. The solution then, small slit
in the back
Layer 3: Hauberk
The hauberk is made of chainmail.
The bottom is petal-shaped, the bottom ending at mid-thigh or knee at
the point. The sides go up at approximately the hollow where the thigh
meets the hip.
- Questions, and speculations
- Is this a full hauberk?
- The toy says no; no chain maille is shown on the back of the toy
except for the sleeves and the mantle.
- 'petal' piece could be attached to the cuirass.
- midriff-protecting mail could be attached to the lower
chest-plates, going down a few inches further than the top of the
- The sleeves could be attached at the shoulders.
- The mantle itself is completely separate from the hauberk.
[See layer 5]
- Is this just where the toy is wrong??? Balance with real
chainmail would be very weird.
- What is the chain maille pattern?
- Is it 4 in 1, but sideways?
6" Elrond action figure; Art of FotR, hardcover, p.129; FotR Visual
Companion, hardcover, p.7; FotR Official Movie Guide, softcover, p. 87.
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