Thorin Oakenshield’s beautiful boots

indexThe latest WETA Chronicles book: The Desolation of Smaug: Cloaks and Daggers made it here today (UPS fail — they put the package in a puddle, although thankfully the book was packed in plastic).

Wow, this is, I think, the best one yet. SO much detail.

(A reminder to buy it through one of the amazon links on to generate a charitable donation.)

Fruity Adobo published some scans from the book yesterday, here.

Anyway, paging through it, I am finding that one of my favorite parts so far is the detailed section about the boots.

Screen shot 2014-07-08 at 4.38.25 PM[Right: details of Thorin’s boots from p. 64]

You know I have a little love affair going with Richard Armitage’s footwear choices more generally, and Thorin Oakenshield’s boots especially.

This book has three whole pages about the shoemaking process for the films.

  • They hired their own cobbler to make about 100 different pairs of boots, starting with the last (the form used to shape the boots on).
  • There were different versions for the actors and their various doubles, as well as different varieties of shoe for the stunt scenes — to facilitate running.
  • Most actors wore between a size 8 and 12 shoe, but the lasts were made to size 18 and the internal shoe to fit the actor.
  • In the beginning, each pair of boots took three days to make. The process was reduced.
  • A lot of kangaroo leather was used.
  • The initial versions of the boots weighed 3 kg (6.6 US pounds) per pair; the final versions weighed 1.8 kg.


tumblr_n84y1q0Lue1s2jbibo1_500Richard Armitage as Young Thorin at the anvil.


Also saw the picture above, a few days ago, and thought, huh, that’s interesting, hadn’t seen that one before. Well, now I know where it’s from.

Also saw today that WETA has announced a fifth “Chronicles” art and design volume, The Hobbit: There and Back Again (wonder if that title will change), for December 2014. Can’t wait!

~ by Servetus on July 8, 2014.

8 Responses to “Thorin Oakenshield’s beautiful boots”

  1. Oh, wow, I WANT this!


  2. I am drooling so hard over the very existence of this book, but I’m not going to be able to buy it until the paycheck two weeks from Friday. The wait is torture!


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