Gondorian Ranger (Ithilien Ranger)
Version 2.1, March 2005
See Faramir as well for pictures and more
detail sketches Pictures and summary here are a combination of
observation of the extras as of Faramir.
(more details in description
Stone gray, light brown, dark brown, dark rusty brown, or dark green.
Light wool. Long sleeves. Yoked
A: sleeves quilted
in diagonal blocks (this may only be for Faramir, the other may be
B: all holes on costume generally riveted with a
dark metal (brass?)
C: point ends just below sternum
A lighter color on Faramir. His Rangers
are generally a dark muddy green or grey
undershirt, reaching to below the knee. At the London exhibit it is
visible only there, where it peeps out from under the other layers, at the
inner part of the elbow, and (possibly) at the neck. It may also be
a bit of cloth the Rangers use to cover the lower half of their face or
might actually be the shirt's collar.
Long Vest/ Jerkin
Leather (or wool?) with leather trim (~3-4 ounces). Same type of lacing as for the
mantle. Split in the middle at the front and at the back up to the waist.
Also split on the sides with lacing. Ends at buttock/groin level. No
lacing at the bottom (~6 to 8 inches).
Dark brown, black or dark grey
(varies by ranger) leather jerkin, with a brown woolen underlayer
to it. The front is held shut with laces through grommets (lots of
them), the sides each have four pairs of D-rings through which lacings
Brown woolen tabard/surcoat, edged with black leather. The bottom
is shaped like a very flat 'V'. The leather edging is about 4-5 cm
wide (slightly less than 2 inches)
Drops below the knee where it meets the boots. Slightly wedge shaped
front and back. Split at the sides and large enough so that the front and
back slightly overlap.
A. Side seams laced? Or simply sewn?
Heavy wool, dark green or brown (varies by ranger). Back same as front. Edged with a material
of the same color with a bit more of a shiny finish than the wool.
No info. Assumed they exist, tucked into boots under tabard.
Would be a dark color
Lower edge of vest w/ tabard in view
Full outfit front view (and vest description)
Vest with attached sleeves either leather or heavy wool
A: Seams edged with leather
B: Sleeve attaches to yoke
C: Reinforced pads onto which the cloak attaches
D: body a dark brown
E: Yoke in a darker material, seems almost black
F: Sleeve in olive brown wool
G: Bottom edge ends just below groin
H: Tabard ends just below knee level
I: Vest ends below midcalf
illo by Xander/JB
Gorget has different shapes
Mantle /Yoke /Gorget
(We've got two descriptions that quite match, but this may be because
the rangers wear slightly different outfits.)
This is in addition to the Cloak. It is thick wool (or double
wool thickness) with leather trim. Split in the middle with grommets in
the leather trim. Laces upward with ties at the neck. Covers the shoulders
until they meet the arms. Tip is triangular and end at around plexus (tip
of the sternum level) but varies slightly. The edges are bound and it is
laced. (Rom exhibit)
Rust-brown leather gorget (yoke), laced up with (probably) 11
pairs of grommets. It appears to be made out of one piece, with no
shoulder seams. The strap holding the cloak in place disappears into
the gorget through a pair of reinforced slit in the front.
Yoke and cloak. From ROM exhibit 2002
Note wrapped edges. This
one appears to be woll
Full outfit side view (and boot description)
Low boots with knee high chaps. Chaps have reversible flaps about 3
inches in height.
A: metal rings
B: knee high chaps, olive brown stiff material
Olive brown wool, quilted
Top edge of the sleeve attaches to yoke of vest by two buttons. They are laced underneath. (You can clearly see how
the sleeves are made under the arm as Faramir reaches behind to fetch an arrow
to shoot the Southron man off the oliphaunt.) They have a slightly triangular
Rust-red suede quilted pauldrons, same as Faramir's, closed with
laces though grommets.
Cloak and accessories front view
Also see pics above
3 belts: a swordbelt, a quiver-strap, and a single strap of
thin leather to which a couple of pouches are affixed.
A: Long Gondorian buckle with another belt doing from the front to the
back over the right shoulder. leather strap connected to quiver in back.
B: Main belt. Vertical belt holds pouches of some kind.
Differs slightly from one ranger to another.
C: Attaches to reinforced patches on the vest with attached
Olive-green cloak, semi-circle, with a heavily frayed bottom edge.
The material is quite thin, about the weight of a light denim. The
cloak is hooded, the hood it double-layered (lined with the same
Ankle length (about 1 inch off the floor). Close fitting hood on some,
larger on others. Wide neck (~ 6 inches wide when worn) with leather band
as closure with reinforced leather tabs on cloak. Braid cord ends with a
knot and 3 ends.
Gondorian type claps at the neck with leather
Cloak a loosely woven dark green
Black leather boots
'Shoetoppers' covering the lower legs and the tops of the
shoes/boots, in rust-brown leather, with a strap running along the
bottom of the boots.
See how quiver is tightened at the top
Oval, around 24 inches long. Made of two types of leather (the outside
one around ~5-6 ounces, the inside one at ~2-3 ounces, maybe a little
heavier for both).
The inside leather is long enough to protect the fletching of the
arrows in case of rain. It can be rolled back like a sock to expose the
arrows. It is most often worn this way. This covering looks like the one
on Aragorn's quiver. The quivers holds around 6 arrows.
design in the back of the quiver. Open in the upper part.
Quiver strap is made
of one piece of leather (~5-6 ounces). Strap holds the Gondorian type buckle or
square belt buckle. Most hero shots have the Gondorian buckle. I estimate the
top strap attaches at one third the height of the quier. The bottom strap
attaches to the quiver between one third and one half of the quiver height.
Bottom strap is often tucked under the armpit. Cloak can be worn over or under
the strap. A hole in the cloak probably allows that. Having the bottom strap
over the quiver holds the cloak in place so as not to interfere with the bow
string when shooting.
Fletching is yellow-green. Seems to be cut in the standard shield shape
or a little squarer.
Each ranger is equipped with a standard Gondorian soldier's sword long
The swords are 'hand-and-a-half' swords, with brass pommels and crossguards. The grip is either dark wood or dark leather. At the
crossguard the grip is square in cross-section, but it is rounded
until completely round at the pommel. Curved cross-piece.
See more sketches here
Vambrace top view
Leather (~5-6 ounces) double thickness. Two pieces only unlike
Boromir's. Bottom leather is dark brown with upper leather reddish/brown.
The top of the bracer is roughly tooled with the sea bird Gondorian
design. Length is from the wrist to where the forearm and elbow meet (just
short of the elbow).
A: End at knuckles
B: Under layer a soft leather (suede?) in a medium brown.
C: Upper layer a hard leather in dark brown, embossed with design
||Vambrace bottom view
A: Upper layer buckled
B: Hole for thumb
C: Joined with a strap of leather that lays across the palm
||Vambrace thumb-sided view
A: Hole for thumb
B: Strap attaches here
||Vambrace blade-sided view
Olive-green bracers, quilted fabric (linen?). These extend over
the back of the hand, with grommets in the corners for a lace running
over the palm of the hand. The quilting-stitching runs lengthwise,
along the arm. Closed with laces and grommets.
Covers the forearm and extends over the hand up to the knuckles. Held
to the hand by a small strip of fabric going across the palm of the hand.
Probably wool and only a tube worn over the bottom half of the face.
Wool knitted would provide a better fit. Could be light leather or same
fabric as the cloak. Probably doubles as a scarf as it seems to cover the
neck at the same time as it covers the face.
All art in this section by SilliMarilli, additional
descriptions from the London 2003 exhibit by Xander and JB, Extra pictures
- Masked and hooded, walking single file down the trail
- Firing the bow from the forest
- Group walking up stream
- Group overlooking the river - back
- Frodo and Sam blindfolded and bound w/ hooded ranger
- Frodo talking to Farmir - ranger in background
- Ranger in the cave - dark leather
- Scowling Ranger w/ bow
- Soldier of Gondor - ranger, with light brown hair, more in background
- Damrod, ranger of Ithilien
- Ranger running to battle in the city - back shot
- Holding the hobbit's swords - inset - on horseback
- Ranger sword with view of pouches on vertical belt (or baldric)
- For the "quilted leather shirt"/gambeson that the Gondorian
rangers are wearing, the sleeves are tied to the "shirt" at the
ROTK photos thanks to Green Leaf, Sytske, Tyellas and
Main page editor Francois and SilliMarilli
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