I have long left Wellington behind me, but there is one more RA-related update I want to post.
You may remember from my first NZ post that I was delighted to see Gloin’s costume in my hotel’s lobby. Turns out that Wellington boasts a so-called “Costume Trail” with all the (main) characters’ costumes on show in several hotels or public places that tourists can visit. There is even a free brochure about the costume trail – it’s called the “Middle of Middle-earth Costume Trail”. Now, I didn’t do the whole trail. I got to see Gloin (Ibis Hotel), Bombur (Embassy Theatre – you can see him in the background of my close-up of the staircase on my Wellywood post), a couple of Elven warriors in Te Papa, and Tauriel in the Wellington
eye-sore i-site (see right). Even though the ETC and I had split up for most of Wellington, I still did not feel compelled to do the whole trail. But there was *one* costume that I wanted to see. And as luck would have it, Thorin’s majestic outfit is showcased in the Rydges Hotel up on Featherston Street, just a couple of blocks up from where I was staying. So one early evening before I was due to meet up with the ETC, I wandered up the road and sneaked into the Rydges. The costume is in a glass case immediately to the right of the right-hand entrance to the hotel.
*eeeeeek* *hyperventilate* *thud* But no, fear not, dear fellow-fans. I did not embarrass you by flailing and fainting in the middle of the rather respectable Rydges hotel lobby, but calmly took a few pictures of it, carefully plastering a half-ironic smile on my fac 😉 Me, a fan??? What did you say the fella’s name was? Robert Hermitage??? Ahhh.
Ok, no, nobody asked, and Guylty never lied. In fact I even took a picture of the little note that accompanies the costume. Every little bit and piece of RA had to be documented, of course…
Click to enlarge 😉
And finally I probably gave away that I am a fan when I got up close and personal and took a picture of Thorin’s crotch *coughs*. Ok, well, his belt buckle. But really – what a magnificent costume. The care and detail of it. The luxurious fur, the precious metal. The fact that *he* wore it…
Wot do you mean I just gave away that I only looked at this for base motives????
There we go. That was certainly 10 minutes well spent – and fun to imagine once again that the costume was not emptily standing, but filled with Richard Armitage 😉 Best of all – the Middle of Middle-earth Costume Trail is completely free of charge, so if you find yourself in Welly, go and do a few. If nothing else, it’ll bring back the memory of the majestic dwarf king. And the guy who filled his mighty mighty boots with life.