Hats

Haerangil

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I've thought a bit about the Hat-thing...

I've found these beautiful pics of mesopotamian hats on pinterest:









do you think it would be too far fetched to go a bit mesopotamian/Iranian with elven hats?

"(...)Above her brow her
head was covered with a cap of silver lace netted with small gems, glittering
white; but her soft grey raiment had no ornament save a girdle of leaves
wrought in silver.(...)"

I also wonder what arwen#s cap would have looked like...

 

Haerangil

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well it's antique near-east... though i'd like some of those crazy beards for the dwarves or some valar...
 

amysrevenge

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Oh yeah maybe my tone didn't' come through correctly (on the internet of all places!) but I'm ALL ABOUT THOSE BEARDS. That Median king at the very top - words fail me....
 

amysrevenge

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OK about the hats. There's something I quite like about the flat-top hats, but they seem... Mannish to me, rather than Elvish.

For Elves, I'm thinking smaller, more close to the skull - closer to baseball hat than top hat in profile. There are several like that scattered through the images.
 

MithLuin

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Anke Eissmann portrays Arwen's 'cap of silver lace' like so in her painting of the Hall of Fire:
 
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Haerangil

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a bit like the wild 20ies jazz age? no i quite like it.it's not that far from some medieval or antique near eastern models also... btw. i totally love anke eismanns illustrations!

as for hats... i've always thought of elven hats as more conical or slightly pointed models, like those in the middle picture, but i have to admit that i quite like the flat high hats in the first pic!
 

Marielle

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Haerangil

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i'm a bit divided on that topic... we read tolkien's writings and there are fantastic and fairytale elements... but on the other hand a mix of antique and medieval... a bit bayeux tapestry meets arthurian meets celtic meets bronze age meets egypt meets victorian... often seems to me what he had in mind. but i agree about the sword& sorcery aesthetics... i don't like those either.
 

Marielle

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i'm a bit divided on that topic... we read tolkien's writings and there are fantastic and fairytale elements... but on the other hand a mix of antique and medieval... a bit bayeux tapestry meets arthurian meets celtic meets bronze age meets egypt meets victorian... often seems to me what he had in mind. but i agree about the sword& sorcery aesthetics... i don't like those either.
Some sword & sorcery wouldn't bother me.... but it's very easily spotted and tends to date/kitsch-ify the production. I'm not saying Arwen should be dressed like a flapper... but taking and modifying a 1920's headdress (modifying, because for some reason, as fond of it as I am personally, cloth/thread lace doesn't really seem to fit elven costuming. at all) to make it something neat and unique and beautiful would be great.
 
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