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Purls on Film: The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

Written by Sarah on February 25th, 2014 Posted in famous knits, movies

As soon as I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, I wanted to write about a certain piece of knitwear. I’ve been putting it off for a month because, well, I just don’t want to say what I’m about to say and I just can’t write about it without saying it. Here goes. I was so thoroughly disappointed by this film. SO disappointed. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy really inspired me as a preteen. I’m not sure if maybe the magic has worn off since I’ve grown older and less interested in fantasy epics or maybe four years of film school have soured me to having any fun at the movies. But I have a feeling that this movie was just not what it could have been. It was long, it looked like a video game, and Orlando Bloom is not as fresh-faced as he once was (sorry).

Really the only good parts of this film for me were Bombur getting stuck in a barrel (definitely my Halloween costume this year) and giggling with some of my best girlfriends about how I’d snuck an impressive amount of candy into the theater. To have to go back and search through the entirety of this movie for a screen cap was just too much for me in this cold, bleak winter. But THDOS (is that the official abbreviation? Quite a mouthful.) has been nominated for three Oscars and this knit is not one of them. It’s time to talk about it.

gandalf silver scarf

Let’s talk about Gandalf’s sparkly scarf.

When I first noticed Gandalf’s scarf, I’d say right after the group stays with Beorn, I felt completely giddy. And every time it appeared on screen, one of my friends would say, “Sparkly scarf!” Despite the flashiness of said accessory, the silver scarf is a part of canon Gandalf costume. It’s specifically mentioned in the books so this is one serious piece of knitwear.

GandalfRadagastScreenshot

Of COURSE Gandalf has a beautiful, long, and mystical scarf. I’m not kidding about it being sparkly. It’s definitely got this rustic, tweed-y quality but then there is a metallic yarn woven throughout. I just loved seeing it swirl around in 3D magic.

If you’re interested in seeing the costumes in real-life close ups, check out this article. Or you can buy an authentic movie replica woven with real mithril (aka not actual mithril) for $99. Or, maybe, just knit one? (I’ve got a nerd bone to pick here. Is this book canon? I’m not really sure what good it would do to weave a scarf with mithril. I guess if you got shot in the throat with an arrow? Maybe we should start with mithril in hats and gloves and then maybe scarves if it’s particularly, dangerously cold outside. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)

Who do you think is best dressed in Middle Earth?

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Comments (4)

  • Mom
    February 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm |

    I don’t know about the ‘sparkly scarf’, but I know your Dad would KILL for the hat the little guy standing next to Gandolf is wearing….

  • February 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm |

    I LOVED the sparkly scarf – Gandalf didn’t wear it in LOTR did he?

    I think if they had compressed it all into 2 movies it would have been more exciting and compelling. (Yeah, Legolas looked like he’d seen a few rough nights.)

    • February 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm |

      He definitely didn’t! I found a lot of forum posts circa 2005 while I was looking for more info of very angry fans looking for the scarf!

  • February 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm |

    Thank goodness for Gandalf’s scarf! Now I’ll have something to look forward to when my boyfriend asks me to watch this movie with him, haha. xoxo

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