Bob Buck (Costume Designer):
"It was quite a process of trying to work out how to get the proportions of their garb to look over-sized but still maintain some shred of their dignity, especially for Thorin.
[…] We also played with colours, getting them out of their established travelling colours and mixing them up a bit in some new hues. It’s symbolic of what has happened to the characters. They have become more alienated as they’ve gone along, so they begin to look less and less like they did when the journey started for them in Bag End, and less comfortable.
[…] The Master soon takes them as his toys when he realizes he can exploit the Dwarves for his own gain and dresses them up in the most ridiculous sort of vestments of his once-grand, but now faded and tatty, royal court.
[…] The Dwarves are belittled, physically and psychologically, by putting this stuff on. They can’t wait to get away and the proudest of them, like Thorin and Dwalin, rid themselves of it as soon as they can. For many of the others there is an appreciation for the simple practicality of keeping warm, so they retain theirs, knowing they have a Mountain to ascend.”
"[The Master’s] cunning tells him that if he embraces Thorin and the other Dwarves, permitting them safe passage through Lake-town, bedecking them in his livery and giving them his blessing, they will either return with Smaug’s hoard of gold, of which he will get his huge share, or they will perish in the attempt. Either way, it is a win-win solution for the Master.”
"It’s somewhat circular because the Dwarves start just as we started out, looking their best, and then they lose all their riches and we gradually lose items of clothing and weapons until eventually we get to Lake-town as soppy wrecks. We’ve lost everything to basically our underwear. We’re humbled and have to wear second-hand clothes that don’t even fit us.”
Ann Maskrey (Costume Designer):
"Martin looked great in his final warm blue coat. The lining was a bluish-grey linen with a self quilt and lapels trimmed with ragged-up grey fake fur.”
Next pages: Dale Citizens’ Costumes, Girion’s Costume & Weapons, Credits
Collective tag link: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cloaks and Daggers
1600px versions: Dropbox repository (updated as I post more pages, might take a few days for new pages to show)
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