Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Outfits Inspired by The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship (Part 1)

Have I ever told you about my love for The Lord of the Rings books? My undying, to-the-moon-and-back love? They're also my favourite films ever (and yes, I cry every time Frodo says goodbye at the end of Return of the King) and no matter how long Peter Jackson makes the movies, they will never be long enough.

Unfortunately, Middle-earth will only ever stay between the pages of a book (or on a screen), but that shouldn't stop you from taking a pinch of inspiration from it. You may not want to wear Frodo's baggy trousers, or Gandalf's unwashed blanketrobes, but there are other ways of inserting a bit of fantasy in your every day life without having to resort to medieval hygiene standards!

Look 1: Gandalf


Gandalf is a wizard who alternates his time between advising kings and hanging with the hobbits. He has a soft spot for all living creatures, especially those as sweet and innocent as the residents of the Shire. As powerful as he is, Gandalf often prefers to err on the side of caution. His grey robes earned him the name 'Gandalf the Grey', and he is respected by both elves and men alike.


Channel Gandalf's voluminous robes with this comfy coat, sweater and jeans combo. You can even go with a pointy wizard hat if you'd like, or stay with a wool hat that's more in trend with the season. Gandalf likes to keep his hands free for his sword and staff, so wear a backpack to store all your odds and ends. Add the finishing touches to your outfit with a ring that looks like Narya, the Elven ring entrusted to Gandalf.

Look 2: Frodo

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As the unlikeliest of heroes, Frodo is tasked with the duty of carrying the ring all the way to Mordor to cast into the fires of Mount Doom. Along the way, the burden of the Ring transforms him from a bright and cheery young hobbit to one that is tortured by the Ring's power. In spite of his size and utter ineptitude with a sword, Gandalf still recognises his strength as Frodo is able to resist the Ring when greater men could not.


Frodo's outfit has a lot of earthy autumn tones, so replicate it with this red velvet dress and camel cape. The leaf earrings represent the leaf brooch Frodo wears at his throat, gifted by Galadriel. Finish off your look with these gold rings, a green bag (like his cloak), and a hint of black on your nails as a reminder of the dark power of the Ring.

Look 3: Aragorn


Aragorn is the last descendant of Isildur and the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor. He is first introduced to the hobbits as a mysterious Ranger named Strider, and as time progresses, is revealed to be a selfless leader and unrivaled commander who later leads his army into battle in order to hide Frodo from the Eye of Sauron. His love interest is Arwen, the daughter of Elrond, and he wears the Evenstar around his neck to remind him of her when they are apart.


Aragorn's look is probably my favourite out of all of the Fellowship - it features lots of dark leather and armour with a very lived-in look. Capture some of Aragorn's austerity with this all black outfit and wavy flowing locks. A replica of the Evenstar and the tree ring will hint at his roots, while the sword earrings are reminiscent of his prowess with in battle. Finally, finish your look off with a dash of red lipstick to break up all the black. 

So there are the three outfits inspired by the Fellowship. Which one was your favourite? Tune in next week for the next part of the series!

1 comment:

  1. This is a fantastic idea - combining my loves of literature and style!