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“The once-beautiful Greenwood has become Mirkwood, a dangerous and unpleasant place. While the Elves hold the evil at bay in the Woodland Realm, their garments reflect the spiky and perilous nature of the forest. The distinction between armour, clothing and camouflage is blurred, outlines unclear, akin to the dappled sunlight seen in a dark wood. These Elves are shadow figures, swift, invisible and deadly, far wilder and more dangerous than the stately immortals of Rivendell. Rather than aloof and serene, they are edgy and almost predatory. Nonetheless their garments are incredibly detailed and elegant, a tight-fitting melange of metal, cloth and leather.”

John Howe, Concept Art Director

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Video of the European Hobbit Premiere Desolation of Smaug LONGER THAN LIVESTREAM!

Featuring: Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Richard Armitage (Thorin) ,Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug), Evangeline Lily (Tauriel), Luke Evans (Bard), Stephen Fry (Master of Lake Town), Ryan Gage (Alfrid), Aidan Turner (Kili) and Dean O’Gorman (Fili), along with director Peter Jackson and screenwriter Philippa Boyens, also Orlando Bloom

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“Very early on I submitted a drawing suggesting what Bilbo might be wearing once he’d been to Lake-town (bottom right). It was quite a challenge because at the time Lake-town’s costume signature hadn’t been established. There were leads that had been explored in earlier concepts, and I modelled my drawing on those, which had a sheep’s wool interior. There was  a Nepalese influence coming through in the woven sleeves and rounded pouches. The brief was to come up with something that looked natural but definitely unhobbity.”

Paul Tobin, Weta Workshop Designer

Honestly looking back on how #spoilt I was for 1d content w 1947195718 new pics on my dash each morning makes me feel like a broke 1930s stock marketeer lookin back on the roaring twenties + rememberin parties w friends who dont call anymore