Frodo's Fellowship Outfit
(Find the fellowship cloaks, sting, mithril and the one ring in the "things"
Fellowship Outfit Index
Frodo and Sam's costumes go though 27 continuity changes in
Mordor alone. Making of Trilogy, pg 89.
Given this information, there may be a lot more than 40
copies of some of Frodo's garments. (Remember, copies were also needed
for his mini-me, stunt double and stand-in.)
- Rust brown trousers, with pockets. Cotton velvet or cotton
Velveteen, drop front
- X-back button suspenders/braces. Leather ends (brown or black) that button onto the
pants on the outside.
- Off white shirt, 6 button (plus 1 on collar) linen shirt with pinstriped
sleeves. Self covered buttons.
- Rust brown velvet/velveteen vest with 5 black domed shank buttons, high left
breast welt pocket, waist slit pockets in seam
- Soft Rose-Brown wool mid weight herringbone tweed frock coat with darker velvet lapels- reaches just
below mid-thigh, 3 buttons (maybe wooden), 2 pockets that button closed, back has split
CB tails, and a back strap, also cuff straps
- Dark green hooded cloak with buttoned crossover neck. Hemp
cloth. coarse weave
- Portrait shot with coat and vest in front of Hobbit hole
- Sword point lifting the one ring
- Sitting against tree
- Laying back in tree, with pipe
- Sitting a council
- Frodo pulling sting - Orc Bane card
- Gandalf sitting thinking in Moria, Frodo to side
- Asian Flag/Poster
- Walking though the field w/ Sam, scarecrow in the back
- In the cornfield
- In the cornfield, looking down
- In the cornfield, back of Frodo's head, Sam coming up
- By the fire in Bree
- Same fireplace, rear end up
- Rivendell - Sam wants to go home, Frodo's back, in vest
- Frodo walks towards the pillar to put down the ring
- Frodo picks up the ring - Elrond Council, side
- Check, no wound
- Posed, to left
- Posed, to right
- A three buttons on coat front marked by X's
- B collar cuts down into lapel
- C second seam on underside of sleeve
- D princess seam back seams go down to hem.
- note: some believe the waist seam (w) continues across
- the side back and the back between the two side/back straps,
others believe that standard coat construction was used which has the
waist seam stop at the sides.
- E Center Back seam
- E1 Center back vent, goes to waist level!
- F slit pocket in waist seam, button closed, just below side
- strap on each side
- G back sleeve seam
- H cuff strap straddles back sleeve seam
fabric note: herringbone wool coat with cotton velveteen collar and
Above illustration by Primmy
- A roll line for lapel
- B placement of waist pocket in slit on each side
- C side seam: note does not go all the way to bottom if you follow
conventional construction without a waist seam crossing the side into
- D Center Back vent, goes to waist level
- E roll line of collar. place 1/2 collar piece on fold (E1) to cut
- F placement of outer sleeve seam
- G side back (princess seam) note: some believe the waist seam (w)
continues across the side back and the back between the two side/back
straps, others believe that standard coat construction was used which
has the waist seam stop at the sides.
X's indicate placement of buttons for front, pocket, belt and sleeve
Illustration by Sean
Yes, there are variations between the two... we're still debating.
- Coat is made from a mid weight herringbone tweed.
- The sign at the London traveling exhibit states it is wool
- Has brown velvet lapels
- Best shot of fabric is in "The Art of FOTR", at the weapon's page.
- Note the pattern detailing on the coat sleeve. That design is
- See buttoned tab on the cuff
- Also fantastic detail of cloak
- Also we have a good swatch of it on our
Wool Swatch page.
- This swatch didn't scan well, but it's the wool. At the ROM
exhibit, our swatch was checked directly against Frodo's cloak.
- Hem reaches just below mid-thigh,
- All buttons are brown wood. There are a total of 13 buttons: 3 front
closures, 1 at each waist pocket, 2 on each strap about the waist
pockets, and 2 on each strap at each cuff.
- Horizontal side pockets are located at the waist seam, just below a
short strap. These are slit pockets with no flaps, but they do button
shut. Frodo's pockets were made to sag open by stuffing them with
pebbles to weight them.
- Back of coat has a vent in the CB seam from waist to hem
|"I am sending you a 150 dpi scan of the Frodo coat
fabric I bought from Em-Be coupled with the Frodo Travel Coat card. On
my calibrated monitor the color comes out perfect. As you can see the
fabric is a very close match - I think it's probably identical
except that the real swatch has probably been laundered and maybe even
weathered. The fabric weave appears identical but bigger - almost as if
the Em-Be version is the one from the scale doule's costume. Yet when I
compare the fabric to the Frodo standee and the hobbit scale picture in
the Art of FOTR book on page 120 the weave is larger and about right for
the Elijah Wood sized version. By the way you should mention that photo
as a reference on the web site as it is exactly hobbit scale, I put my
Sting replica over the photograph and it's the same size. Helps a lot to
figure out the sizes of buttons and stuff..."
== Daniel G.
|Click for the link to our source for the fabric and a
larger pic, or <here> to go
directly for the pic
- Holding ring in hand
- standing outside the hobbit whole
The Fellowship Shirt
- Trousers are drop front breeches, no waist band, no belt in front.
- Closed by two buttons on each side.
- Shank buttons are the same fabric as the trousers (self covered).
- Suspenders fasten on self covered buttons on the outside, near the
top flap corners. Black bit of leather forms suspender tab with the
- Frodo offering the ring to Galadriel
- Frodo in the cave, looking up in fear
- Looking down in anger, against rock, very low POV
||Labeling for the pant pattern pieces
- A front
- B pocket
- C front facing
- D cloth covered buttons on breeches (6 on front, 2 on back)
fabric note: cotton velveteen narrow-fall drop-front breeches with
(artwork by Primmy)
- A - Front
- B - Back
- C/D - Pocket front
- G - Fall-front facing
Artwork by Sean
Trouser pattern diagram and more details in
Making it page
It appears that the hobbit suspenders may be inkle-woven. The suspenders
seem to be narrower than regular adult suspenders, only about an inch and a
quarter wide. The single-button tabs at the ends are probably leather
(based on "X-back" single button suspenders from the Civil War era.) The
hobbit suspenders do not appear to have length adjustment mechanisms, so
they would be fitted to the individual wearer.
We suspect that a short length of elastic band is used to attach each tab
to the suspender end on the back, for comfort and a better fit. (based on a
back view of Pippin hugging Frodo in Rivendell.) Then again
there could be two version, one for close up and one for wear with jackets
However, the front tabs of Frodo's suspenders seem to be gathered
slightly, which could mean that they are made of cloth and elastic has been
added behind or inside the tab (based on a medium closeup of Frodo in a
So far, no close-up shots of Frodo's suspenders in plain daylight have
been found. The only close shots are from the Galadriel's Mirror sequence,
which was digitally graded heavily into the lavender/blue spectrum.
Non-digitally graded images in the costume-breakdown section of the extended
DVD set are not close-up enough to show detail, but overall they appear to
be tan or light brown. Frodo's suspenders most likely have beige or tan yarn
for the background and brown yarn for the elongated diamond pattern.
Possibly, the background yarn is multi-colored or parti-colored, causing
irregular flecks of darker tans and greys to appear throughout the
background. The tabs are brown, probably leather, and appear to match the trouser color pretty
There at least 4 colors total woven in - background is a mix of light
beige or ivory (almost matching his shirt), and a medium grayish brown.
These threads make a sort of W pattern. Also see yellow and green
- bending over gladdy's mirror, ring hanging down
- teaser poster for ROTK
- Water running low - Sam and Frodo against the rock - ROTK
- Looking down in anger, against rock, very low POV
- Looking to the side, in the dark
- Sleeping, pillow
Kay Dee's Study page on the suspenders:
- Vest is dark rust cotton velveteen with 5 dark metal domed shank
- the vest is a dark rust colour, a warm reddish-orange-ish brown. (from
- The buttons are half-domes, either bronze or horn.
- High left breast welt pocket
- 2 waist pockets located on a seam, these are slit pockets with no welt
- Sides are split slightly at the bottom
- Bilbo giving Frodo sting - back of Frodo, in vest
- Vest appears to be topstitched around the edge, but really has a
border edge added
Construction Tips on coat, pants and vest
See the Making of section
Original Travel Cloak
|Click the pic for the section on Frodo's original
||We have a new page just
for the cloak over in Things <here>.
Notes on his backpack and accessories are
on Frodo's main page.
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