The Last Wellington RA-Post

I have long left Wellington behind me, but there is one more RA-related update I want to post.

Tauriel costumeYou 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.

Thorin costume 1

Thorin costume trail

*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????

Thorin costume closeThere 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.

32 thoughts on “The Last Wellington RA-Post

    • IKR? I stood there, a massive smile plastered on my face, and my heart beating as if it was going to burst. It really just made me happy to think – wow, *he* wore that. And *that* is Thorin’s costume. He spent so much time in it, and it really enhanced the character. It’s a magnificent piece of costuming!!!

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  1. Huh, das Fell kuschelt mich an………. Kann mir vorstellen, wie du total professionell -ein leicht ironisches Grinsen ins Gesicht getackert- vor dem Glaskasten inwendig hyperventilierst. Immerhin ist die Glasscheibe nicht beschlagen, als du die Gürtelschnalle einer genaueren Betrachtung unterzogen hast. Sehr gut gemacht! 😀 Das Schild läßt sich leider nicht vergrößern, aber da steht was vom actor Richard Armitage, richtig?

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    • LOL. Nee, die Glasscheibe ist nicht beschlagen. Mein iPhone dafür schon. Das habe ich fast abgeleckt, so nah hatte ich mir das vors Gesicht getackert… Und die Bildchen habe ich mir hinterher jeden Tag mindestens dreimal angeguckt, nur um mir vorzustellen, dass Thorin drinsteckt und mir zum Greifen nahe ist 😉
      Schild besagt nur, dass der Darsteller von Thorin RA war.

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  2. Thank you Guylty! I’ve been taking notes of what I want to see when I’m in Wellington – between you and Mulubinba I think I have all the fan stuff covered 😉 – but I think if I had to choose just one must-see it would be Thorin’s costume. Now all I have to do is convince hubby!

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  3. What a great idea to create a “costume trail”! How do you suppose they obtained the costumes and parceled them out to the hotels? Maybe they banded together to buy them? I am intrigued because I know that HBO sold off a lot of the “Rome” props and costumes. But they just went into private collections.
    I think each hotel bar ought to create a drink in honor of its costume. “Thorin’s Buckle,” anyone?

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    • what a splendid idea.. glug glug 😉 and hm i don’t think these were sold, WETA or in the worst case WB still owns them. I hope they keep them on display for a really long time! when they will sell them i’m sure it will make a mint 😉

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    • Well, they are really clever with using TH and LotR as tourism magnets, I have to say. Wherever we go there are references to TH (very welcome of course :-D). I think the costumes still belong to Weta/WB and they are simply on loan. I did wonder as well how they decided which costume to place where. Te Papa, which is a fabulous national museum, only has a couple of Elven warrior costumes – and Thorin, the main character of the films (ahem) is in a hotel lobby???? Well, ok… Maybe they had a lottery?
      Love your idea for a costume drink. The hotels could make a whole lot of money if they did that!!!

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  4. oh thank you thank you thank you thank you!! for this especially 🙂 It’s really beautiful, i’m not fur person but this looks nice indeed. I can’t even imagine how impressive it must be in RL, tall and big to fir the real him. I’d have been unable to drag myself away after just 10 min tbh… For some reason i never imagined him in RL wearing it , my mind never made the jump from screen but i do now and oh, too bad we’ll never get to see that, i think in that respect even the screen can’t do him justice 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this with us… soo wonderful to see it.
    I have to admit though i would have been dying to see Thranduil’s too, wonder which one they have on display, they must be really pretty to look at 🙂

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    • Yes, I did think it was special seeing this costume :-). I confess I did not feel quite as affected by Tauriel’s costume or by Bombur’s, but Gloin already had me in goosepimples and shrieks. But that was because it was the first costume I came across – unexpectedly – in my own hotel lobby… Such luck!!! I have no idea where Thranduil’s costume is, and I was not really too pushed to seek it out. Sorry, just not a fan of Elves… 😉

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  5. Was, du hast nur 10 Minuten da gestanden und nicht die Scheibe abgeleckt? Gut, dass ich nicht dabei war, das wär vielleicht peinlich geworden😳
    Danke für die tollen Fotos und den interessanten Bericht. Mittlerweile wirst du wohl eine ganze virtuelle Entourage um dich versammelt haben😀.

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  6. that fur is practically a fandom lieu de mémoire — so many fanfics have whoever is kissing Thorin somehow contacting that fur … 🙂

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  7. Thank you!! And great photos, especially the up-close ones. Ah, the things you must do for your craft. And fandom. 🙂 BTW, ladygarnett7 and I are planning a return to NZ in the fall (NZ’s spring), so we’ll definitely try to do this, if it’s still there! (I’ve also been following your NZ blog religiously to get any other tips)

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    • Go for it, girls. I think the costume trail is there for stay for a while. You can find it online, too. And oh, I am already jealous that you are going to NZ. I know that I will be devastated when I am leaving it in four week’s time.

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  8. OMG ! Very happy to see this costume and very sad at the same time. I miss so much Thorin. At your place I think I would have gone mad, break the glass, take it and bring back home as a “majestic” souvenir from New Zealand. Lol. And the one from the Hobbit BOFA is as majestic as this one. Thank you for your messages and happy to see that everythingi is going well for you.

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    • I miss him too, and this was only a poor substitute. But well, it was nice all the same.
      Glad you are enjoying my posts. I will be in the same place for the next three days, so hopefully I will get to update and preschedule a few posts again. I have some bits and pieces to tell you all 🙂

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  9. Wow, loved the Thorin costume. So many fantasies about its soft fur and Thorin’s soft locks flowing over it.Sigh. Thanks for tracking it down on the trail. I wonder if it smells? He was always talking about how smelly the dwarves were. I would love to get a whiff of Richard’s body odor. Although I have been close twice, I never noticed any fragrance (good or bad) emanating from him. And I feel like a total perv wondering about what he smells like. Too bad you are out of Wellington, Guylty, You could have broken the box to find out, and taken one for the team in jail.

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    • Oh yes, the locks on the fur *heartflutter*. And wham bam, then you contrast that lovely image with a reference to the famous dwarf stench… Really, Kathy??? LOL. But hey, you are right, he mentioned it often enough, and I am sure there is a good reason why these costumes are displayed in glass cases. No, it’s not because they don’t want tourists to touch the precious costume. It’s simply too smelly to leave in the open…

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  10. One more thing to put on my NZ to-do list. I would love to do a Hobbit tour of the country which means I’ll probably have to go alone since no one I know is that big a fan.

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  11. The costume trail is easy to do – you need half a day in Welly I think and you can get it done. As for touring the locations – I am using Ian Brodie’s book (The Hobbit location guidebook), and the good news is: They filmed in such beautiful locations, your travel companions will be happy to see those. Simply do not tell them *why* you are heading there. They’ll like it, anyway. (Sneak peek: I will have a post up soon about one of the locations that I visited… )

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  12. What you said about a “lottery” – that would be the most diplomatic thing they could do and makes the most sense. Last thing you want is ruffled feathers over costumes. (Did I say that?) 😉 The costume trail is still a great idea, good on them. *fingers are mentally permanently stuck in the fur collar*

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  13. Thank you, Guylty! Loving the thought of seeing his costume up close….yes, running hands through that fur….ahem! I would’ve had my own imaginings standing in front of that too! And,Kathy…you are too funny with the smell…something I’ve always wondered too- would love to know his own scent. Just a bit in awe that you got “up close” twice! That is a remarkable feat!
    Enjoy every minute, Guylty. ..its been a pleasure seeing your journeys through your posts.

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  14. Mich wundert ja ehrlich gesagt, dass der Mantel danoch hängt! Ein kleiner Feueralarm, eine Panikattacke Deiner Freundin, da hört dann auch keiner wenn die Scheibe bricht – und das gute Stück dann irgendwie abhanden kommt. So zum kuscheln für die kalten Nächte – hier!
    Viel Spaß und noch weitere schöne Thorin Erlebnisse ❤

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    • Super Idee Suzy und fantastischer Vorschlag! Go Guylty go 😀 Wir stehen virtuell hinter dir! Spürst du unseren heißen Atem im Genick?

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