Ranger - The Lord Of The Rings




I made the first (and very simple) version of this costume for the Elf Fantasy Fair in the Netherlands in 2005, because I had been to the Fair in 2004 and had seen everyone walking around in costume and wanted to do that too. I'd already done some living history things with relatives, and this seemed like a cool fantasy version. ;)

And seen as though I love the Lord of the Rings, and the rangers are my favourite characters, this was the first costume I thought of!

Since 2005 I've been changing parts of it, adding bits and generally improving it. I don't have pictures yet of the very latest version, but these photos from 2008 are pretty close.

My favourite parts of the costume are the vambraces, the arrows and the sword. Those were the most fun to make, and really add to the feel of the costume. I love wearing it!


Leonie Heartilly posted on 19 May, 2009 - 18:32
Great work I love this! I made an original elf costume based on the Lord of the Rings myself =)

Marauchettes posted on 19 May, 2009 - 19:08
i love realistic costumes, this one is absolutley brilliant =3

Silantre posted on 19 May, 2009 - 19:27
Whoa hey hey hey!!! LoTR called, they want their proffesional costume designer back!! XD, seriously nice detailed work there, superb finish to the cosplay, looks as though you could go out fighting in the wilderness now and that cosplay would last a life time.

Toshi-chan posted on 19 May, 2009 - 22:24
This is cool as fuck! silantre's comment - **nodds head in agreement** It seriously does look soooo realistic! and so detailed! Love love love love love it xD

Emzone posted on 20 May, 2009 - 14:21
That looks amazing I could really see someone travelling in that~ It looks perfect right down to the worn effect the material has 8D

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 20 May, 2009 - 15:29
...wow... You look just like the real thing XD It's so well made and realistic looking...it looks so sturdy too.

Hawkeye posted on 20 May, 2009 - 17:10
Thank you for all the comments! :D This costume was made with two things in mind: that it'd look realistic and that it would be comfortable enough for me to feel like I could actually wear it every day! That's partially the reasons for the layers; the first time I wore it in April it was too cold.

kimpey posted on 25 May, 2009 - 20:46
wow very nice ^^ pity i didnt get chance tosee u at the expo dreat job

Hawkeye posted on 1 June, 2009 - 18:29
Thanks! :D Everyone seems to have missed me (and I them) at Expo.. =P

Sephirayne posted on 12 June, 2009 - 20:37
This is seriouasly amazing. You have done an excellent job. I have always loved LOTR costumes as everyone gose all out on them. Great job.

electricdino posted on 18 June, 2009 - 21:32
You wore this to the Expo? How on earth did I miss you!! *huge Lord of the Rings fan* Well from the pictures this looks AMAZING!!! I really wished I had seen you now. *pouts* And this makes me want to do a proper hobbit costume even more now! XD

stripey_dani posted on 19 June, 2009 - 01:25
LOVE IT! You make an amazing Ranger ^^

Hawkeye posted on 8 July, 2009 - 15:08
Thank you! Inferno- If you do a hobbit costume, I'll come along as a ranger again! :D

Deceipher posted on 8 July, 2009 - 15:50
I'm loving the detail on the white tree of numenor, I can tell you put a whole lot of effort into this!

Odd-One-Out posted on 8 July, 2009 - 16:14
Completely beautiful and detailed costume. Sword really tops it all off.

InfiniteJester posted on 28 August, 2010 - 15:11
wow amazing! i love how u keep updating it for every year :)

Hawkeye posted on 28 August, 2010 - 15:17
Thanks! It's just one of those costumes I'm never going to stop wearing, and so keep improving and adding to. :)

cowiee posted on 4 April, 2011 - 17:07
You look absolutely incredible! :O

Taldur posted on 22 August, 2011 - 12:22
You have fulfilled my dream cosplay >.> *Jealous* it looks incredible ^.^ Great work :D

animekid3000 posted on 21 December, 2012 - 21:30
Awesome Ranger, Honestly, you have inspired me to try and make a Ranger cosplay! :)

Hawkeye posted on 22 December, 2012 - 11:56
Go for it! Good luck! :D

flamewizo posted on 10 February, 2013 - 22:26
Love it. I need a location Like this for my Legolas cosplay :D