Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Legolas Greenleaf Capes, Lord of the Rings, TFOTR, TTT, ROTK

 By Leaves of Lorian

Ahhhh… capes…
Capes are epic. And Lord of the Rings capes are double epic because they are well designed and well worn. (besides, aren’t all things LOTR epic by definition?!)

Legolas wears two capes for the films.
I have a separate blog for his bows, quivers and arrow…
I also have a separate blog for his garb…enjoy!!

The Counsel cape --

Obviously the cape is worn in the counsel of Rivendell, and also worn when first entering Rivendell.
It’s basically two squares of material sewn on a rolled cowl.
It appears to be made of velvet, probably dyed by the costuming depart. It looks silvery gray/green/autumn.
The front and sides are made of two pieces of material overlapped in the front and sewn to the cowl. The back is open (he wears it with his quiver when entering Rivendell and you can see it’s open when he dismounts)
There don’t appear to be sleeves, rather the drape of the fabric allows his arms to move freely. The bottom is shaped on the sides.

He wears his silver/blue tunic.

And the Lothlorien cape --

The Lothlorien cape is both very simple and very complex.
It’s a woven fabric,  as seen below. The weave is what gives the cape texture on film. It appears green, stone, and brown ish at times on the films.
I would say it has green, gray brown and white woven into it.

The capes are full sheets of material, gathered in at the hood. The hood is long and pointed and drapes well down the back.

The hood seems to be shaped to frame the face when worn.

Now comes the hard part.
Legolas wears the same cape design as the rest of the fellowship. He also continues to wear his quiver and knives throughout the films
However, wearing a quiver over a cape results in a cape that is essentially stuck to your back.

Clearly, Legolas’s cape is not ‘stuck’ here. Also, if you recall the scenes in TTT when the three companions are crossing the planes of Rohan, Leoglas’s cape is flowing just as nicely as Aragorn’s or Gimli’s. Clearly, there’s more to his cape then first appears.

It’s actually very simple…the main body of the cape sits under his quiver, and the side you see above, (his left side) has little hole for the quiver strap to slip through. OR it’s a long flap of material sewed on with a little hole left for the strap.

If you look really closely, you can see the strap coming out of the quiver, disappearing into the cape, and coming out again under his armpit.

I have made both capes for my own Legolas garb...please feel free to contact me with any questions about those!!

Namárië! Nai hiruvalyë Valimar.
Nai elyë hiruva.

Nai truanted ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya!!

1 comment:

  1. Do you have any templates or diagrams for legolas' lothlorien cape? I'm putting together a legolas cosplay for my boyfriend and the information you have here is by far the best I've come across. I've been looking at some generic template but a lot of them aren't quite what I'm looking for. Thanks!