Before we begin, here’s a shout-out to another relatively new fashion blog: An Unexpected Fashion Blog, over on Imladris. They started in May (just like meee!). It’s great to have all these blogs to check out for inspiration, as they say. Give yourself a shout-out in comments if you have a LOTRO blog, fashion or not, that I’ve managed to miss!
Kinship: Heralds of Durin
Today, we have a real treat. While walking (read: stalking) through Bree-town, I spotted a Dwarf of fierce and noble visage. Given this week’s emphasis on cloaks, I was so pleased to see a character wearing the Ceremonial Singed Cloak. The first of Hragli’s outfits centers around the Durin’s Guard Moria set, with the addition of the Worker’s Helmet. Hragli took inspiration from the Silmarillion and other works of Tolkien that detail “…dwarves wearing face-helms with frightening visages on them, to protect them from dragonfire and other dangers.”
His second outfit is directly modeled after the description of Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit:
“Then they hung up two yellow hoods and a pale green one; and also a sky-blue one with a long silver tassel. This last belonged to Thorin, an enormously important dwarf, in fact no other than the great Thorin Oakenshield himself, who was not at all pleased at falling flat on Bilbo’s mat with Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur on top of him.”
Hragli’s homage to Thorin includes both the Cloak of the Golden Wood and the Robe of the Stone-Hewer, the latter to mimic “the expensive gold inlays in the fine fabric,” as Hragli described.
(EDIT: Photos look much better, thanks to a 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements. I still recommend not using a forge as your backdrop. 😉 )
As always, if you have direct questions for Hragli, feel free to leave them in comments. Thank you, Hragli, for your time!