I have to post a second one this morning, because here is Nori! He's one of my very favorite characters in "The Hobbit" films, and this is definitely one of my two very favorite figures that I've completed (so far, anyway).
Nori is a rather thin dwarf (as dwarves go!), but he stands at a fair 9-1/2" tall (counting to the tip of his hair) and weighs a decent 3-3/4 ounces. And there are twelve different types of fiber on him! His arm guards are a red-toned leather with a pair of working buckles (on the inside of his arm) on each. The hand mits are made of a matching Merino.
The buckle is actually a vintage brooch that Mom had in her box! Interestingly enough, Nori's gold-coloured spoon was also a vintage brooch. I really, really wanted a metal object for him to pull out of his inner pocket. It took about a year of plowing through flea markets before this perfect spoon turned up. You should have seen how excited we were when Mom found it!
The most challenging part of Nori's costume was certainly his elaborate hair-do! It took me three evenings of braiding and felting to come up with the final result, and there are full hair supports felted onto his head — just to hold up the side pieces. Each of the side parts of his hair are made of six individual braids with a metal hair bead on the end. Two more braids come down to join those groups from his mustache. Even Nori's eyebrows are braided and join to the top center of the hair. According to the behind-the-scenes books about the films, Nori's hair is meant to look like a six-pointed Star Fish.