Ra Vincent (Set Decorator):
"In the early days we had conversations about the nature of Thranduil’s staff. At the time it was less a staff and more of a king’s sceptre. We thought the end probably unscrewed and that he’d kept his absinthe in there!”
Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop Design and Special Effects Supervisor):
"Weta Workshop designer Daniel Falconer’s design offered a clinical killing tool for the king of the Woodland Realm to wield in battle, but it also presented the most significant challenge to our sword-makers of any of the thousands of blades we have made over the years.”
Alex Falkner (Weta Workshop Props Model Making Supervisor):
"I think it has been said that Thranduil’s sword was the single most expensive weapon we made for the films. The hero version was milled from a single piece of spring steel. Lighter aluminum versions were also milled. They were the most beautiful things, being all one piece, very elegant and dangerous looking in the right hands, like Lee Pace’s. He looked amazing carrying that sword and was a heck of a nice guy to work with.”
"I love my sword. I don’t want to brag, but I think I have the coolest sword in the movie and that’s high praise because there are quite a few very famous swords in this story.”
Bob Buck (Costume Designer):
"The inspiration for the costume Thranduil wore in the An Unexpected Journey prologue came from Philippa Boyen’s words ‘starlight, moonlight’.”
Ann Maskrey (Costume Designer):
"We had talked extensively about the presence of the character of Thranduil and what Lee hoped to convey when he first meets the Dwarves. I remembered a portrait of the French King Louis XIV in which he was imposingly draped in ermine. I wanted to recreate that same level of opulence, volume and command for Thranduil so we used a huge drape of mottled printed linen lined with a shot metallic lurex which Lee practiced moving with to great effect."
"Thranduil is so concerned with wealth and wanting to show his majesty, impressing upon his trespassing guests how important he is, that the long golden robe that he wears in the throne-room scene makes great sense."
Dallas Poll (Costume Jeweller):
"Thranduil had lots of interesting stones in his jewellery. We used everything from agate to onyx, and lots of amethyst, introducing some purple to his palette."
Emma Harre (Key Stand-by Wardrobe):
"Thranduil, for example, had a sword that, on screen, seemed to just hang there perfectly on his costume in that magical Elvish way without dragging it awkwardly. In fact it was a vest worn under his costume that was holding it and distributing the weight in the most comfortable way for him to wear.”
"Lee Pace has a great way of moving and cuts a great figure. Sometimes with good physique can come overworked necks or sloping shoulders as a result of all that working out, but Lee has a strong figure with defined shoulders that hold the shape of all his coats and a long neck. We accentuated his neck with a high open collar."
Next pages: Lake-town Citizen Costumes, Bard’s Costume, Bard’s Weapons
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