Recreating the Fellowship 6
Here we feature costumes from our folks who have recreated some of the
members of the fellowship.
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Work here represents recreations at all skill levels.
Picture hyperlinks will open to more details about the costumes.
The Fellowship in Italy
I actually bought the Aragorn boots from
Ringstyle Footwear and they
were well worth it! I'd wear 'em everyday if I could!
The Chainmail- after 30 feet of PVC pipe, a band saw,
hours of sanding and cutting and gluing, I have made 2 sleeves of faux
chainmail (4 in 1 pattern) of approx. 3000 rings lashed together with
leather (that lies beneath the Jerkin when worn). The mail is what I get
most comments on when people find out how it was done.
|Idhrennion - Utah, USA
For the jerkin I took a pattern from alley cat scratch and hand sewed a
combination of deer hide and calfskin with a sinew thread that came
prewaxed. For the finished edges I used a combo of rubber cement to hold
in place then (using regular black thread) again hand sewing them in
place. The sewing would've been a lot shorter had I a sewing machine
that could handle leather.
The belt was fun Just bought your standard extra long belt from Tandy
Leather, used a tooler for the lines and triangles, then a (funny) part
of a screwdriver and a mallet for the circles- oh and some dye to match
I hand made the pouch and the stone sharpener pouch last minute. The
ties down the from I hand braided from leather you can find at any craft
The bow I got off eBay and stained darker- It was old and is just for
show. I did hand make about six arrows- not the shafts but the
fletchings and color (dye). The quiver was originally a hip quiver I
just made a few additions so as to hold the bow and it worked out fine.
The glove was interesting- unsew a glove, had stitch a leather patch
and resew the glove- and you're done.
Narsil / Andril in Wood
Byron - Colorado, USA
Narsil /Anduril - the re-forged sword of Aragorn
These toy swords are made of wood
Gondorian Ranger / Infantry sword.
See his Theoden sword <here>
Strider, "wearable test"
Authorized Fellowship Cloak & Strider Coat
Legolas' Fellowship Outfit & Council Cloak
the pic for details on how to create Aragorn on a budget
See Bree's Lady of
|Bree - Pennsylvania, USA
I am a
beginner, so it's a bit rough, but I'm very proud of it, and plan on
making Christmas presents for my other Ren Faire friends based on what
Okay, so I dragged my boyfriend to the Halloween store to pick out a
costume, and I planned on encouraging whatever he picked out because
it's like pulling teeth to get him to do the "fairy" stuff that I like.
He picked Aragorn and though I was thrilled (my name is Bree- because my
mom loved reading Lord of the Rings so much!) I was disappointed with
the lack of authenticity of the costume. The tunic was fine, and the
boot covering things were cool, but the cape was cheapy looking and
there were no accessories that were on the model on the cover of the
costume packaging. I knew I could improve it. The first and easiest
thing I did was buy the Elven leaf clasp, Arwen's necklace, and
Arathorn's ring from eBay. I had arm gauntlety like things from an old
Ren Faire purchase, and since they tie up, it was easy enough to expand
them for his arms. We found plenty of swords at the Halloween store, but
they all had black plastic stupid looking blades. A trip to Home Depot
to buy a can of metallic grey spray paint fixed one up nicely. I found a
good old leather belt at a thrift shop to hold the sword. To make it
look less like a belt, I removed the buckle tong, cut off the portion
that had loop holes, and blackened the cut edge with a Sharpie to make
it consistent with the rest of the border. I looked the longest for the
fingerless glove on Aragorn's right hand. I didn't want to spend money
on a real pair of leather gloves I was just going to destroy, and the
day before the party we had to go, I found a $3 pair of gardening gloves
in CVS that were nice and ridgy on the palm side. I simply put the left
glove on his right hand to get the right consistency on the outside.
That very day I also got a Jesus wig and a travel size 99 cent bottle of
hair gel. Discarding the Jesus beard, using the entire bottle of gel on
the wig to make it look more greasy and less poofy, and cutting the
front lengths to make the hair more naturally uneven, and we had
Aragorn's head. Normal black shirt, pants and shoes worked fine.
As for the cloak, that is the reason I am writing, since I made it
with the help of the instructions posted by Ann: The Fellowship Cloak
Pattern. It's not quite as good as it could have been because I had
limited resources, but here's how it went: I could only find one blanket
at the thrift store that seemed right; a brown blanket with Aero
Argentina or something written on it, I don't know how an airplane
blanket made it there. Anyway, it just wasn't big enough to make a whole
cloak. Fortunately, it was the same material (that fake felt-that
doesn't need hemming!) as a Christmas blanket I had that had outlasted
it's use. This was also not quite long enough, but it would do. Using
Ann's pattern, I made the cloak itself from the green blanket, and the
hood (though I just used triangles, not a kite pattern) with the brown
blanket. I was thrilled with the results! It looked so much better than
I thought it could have with all my limitations, and now I'm planning on
making four more with the knowledge I gained making this one for friends
and family, this time with more accurate dimensions.
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