Bottle gourds! I was thinking of the same thing since they grow here in my region!Udwin wrote: ↑Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:26 pm This is primarily a three-season impression, as being barefoot in a deep snowy winterâ€”though I do it often enough, for short periodsâ€”isnâ€™t the best for the health of oneâ€™s feet. (But thereâ€™s always that double precedent for footwear: the Stoorish habit of wearing â€˜dwarf-boots in muddy weatherâ€™, and Tolkien forgetting to give Bilbo boots at Rivendell.)
Given the â€˜modernâ€™ anachronistic nature of hobbits (compared to the mythic-ancient rest of Middle-Earth), I felt I had a bit of wiggle room in creating this kit.
Thankfully, Tolkien describes enough garments worn by hobbits that we get a consistent picture of Shire fashion at the end of the Third Age:
*In The Hobbit, Bilbo wears a â€œcoat and waistcoatâ€ (the latter with â€œnice brass buttonsâ€ (89), which he later upgrades to â€œreal goldâ€ after his adventure).
*Bilbo leaves to join Thorin & Company without a hat, walking stick, money, or a handkerchief, all of which â€œhe usually took when he went outâ€.
*For his farewell birthday, Bilbo wears an â€œembroidered silk waistcoatâ€, again with gold buttons (33). (This does not necessarily mean that this garment was the shiny, smooth material we usually imagine when we think of silk; raw silk is appropriate for the 18th century and is very similar in appearance to heavy rustic linen.)
*Following Bilboâ€™s disappearance, the Gaffer is given, among other things, a â€œwoolen waistcoatâ€.
*After the incident at the Barrow, Sam looks for his â€œcloak, jacket, and breeches, and other hobbit-garmentsâ€ (163).
*While gearing up to leave Rivendell, Frodo wears his â€œold weather-stained breeches, tunic, and jacketâ€, causing Bilbo to declare that he looks like â€œJust a plain hobbitâ€ (312).
*In addition to breeches, Bilbo and Frodo are several times said to be wearing â€œtrousersâ€ with pockets, sometimes with a belt.
*Finally, we are told that the only thing that served to differentiate the Bounders was a â€œfeather in their capsâ€.
Shire-Dwellers and other Middle-earth rarities.
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