Meriadoc Brandybuck is one of the fictional Hobbit characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings novels and the movies based upon them. Commonly referred to as Merry, he was a good and faithful friend to Frodo Baggins, the main character of the films. Merry was known as a resourceful Hobbit who was able to adjust to the happenings around him. Merry and fellow Hobbit, Pippen Took, become separated from their group in The Two Towers and spend much of the film with their own storyline. Due to the popularity of the character, Merry makes a popular choice as a character to portray for Halloween or cosplay.
There are some unique Hobbit features to keep in mind when creating your own Hobbit look. These include Hobbits’ typically thick, curly hair, large feet with leather like bottoms and furry tops, and pointed ears. When creating a costume, remember that common garments include a waistcoat in shades of reds or yellows, dark green or brown breeches, and a green or brown jacket with gold or brass buttons. When venturing outside, a Hobbit is likely to wear a dark cloak with a hood. These tips will help you create a great look suitable for Halloween or Cosplay. Here are some ways to create your own Meriadoc Brandybuck costume, either with a ready-made costume and accessories or a DIY version.
Middle Earth Halfling Theater Costume
This is an authentic looking Hobbit costume perfect for theatrical productions or Cosplay. Comes in sizes ranging from medium to XX large. Made from velvet, costume includes brown knickers and deep plum velvet frock coat with contrasting green vest. White bib is included. Coat and vest feature decorative buttons. Combine with Hobbit feet, and curly brown wig for a great Hobbit costume.
Hobbit Costume Feet
One size fits most children ages 12 and under. These are large Hobbit feet with big toes and furry tops. Makes the perfect finishing touch for any Hobbit character costume.
The Hobbit Bilbo Costume
While this is called a Bilbo costume, it would also serve well as a costume for either Merry or Pippen. Features traditional Hobbit colors with a burgundy overcoat, green vest, and gold colored pants. Available in childrens’ size medium and large.
Men’s Shaggy Wig Brown
This is a shaggy brown wig that comes in a one size fits most. Use as a great accessory for creating an authentic looking Merry Brandybuck costume.
How to Make a Super Easy Frodo Costume (or other similar Hobbit)
This video shows how to create an inexpensive and authentic looking Hobbit costume using simple clothing pieces found at a thrift store. You simply need a dark pair of pants and cut them off just below the knees to create the perfect breeches. For the shirt, use a white men’s button up dress shirt. To create a vest for your character, use a dark colored (color of your choice) men’s button up shirt and cut the sleeves off of it. After removing the sleeves, cut the neckline at an angle on each side to create a V shape. The video also includes a tutorial on how to create Hobbit feet using plastic costume feet and regular shoes, along with some hair trimmed from a costume wig. You can also buy ready made “Hobbit feet”. This video also features a link that shows how to create an elvish cloak, as well as links to the plastic feet and elven ears that were purchased on Amazon.
Men’s Adult Elven Brown Cloak
This is a 100% synthetic brown cloak with an oversized hood and neck ties. Makes the perfect Hobbit cloak for a Merry, Pippen or Frodo costume. One size fits most teens and adults. Adds a great touch to create a complete and authentic Hobbit look.
Hobbit Ear Tips for Costume
To get authentic looking ears for your Merry costume, these fit the bill. Made from latex, these ears comes in three different shades to match your skin tone perfectly. Makes a great accessory and finishing, detailed touch.
Dark Brown Cape with Hood
This is a great hooded cloak for a child’s Merry Brandybuck costume. Made from 100% polyester, cloak is machine washable and one size fit kids ranging from about eight to ten years old. Perfect accent for a Hobbit costume and will help keep kids warm on a chilly Halloween evening.
How To Make A Cloak
This is an easy video tutorial on how to make a cloak that would be perfect for a Merry Brandybuck costume. This can be made in approximately one hour using five yards of fabric, thread, scissors, and a sewing needle. The video maker shows a basic pattern to follow when cutting the fabric and takes you through the step by step process of creating the cloak. Easy to follow even for beginners and requires little sewing. Makes a fun do it yourself craft project.
Brown Curly Adult Wig
This wig comes in a one size fits most adults and is made from synthetic fibers. Works well to create the hairstyle of various Hobbits, including Merry, Frodo, and Pippen. Adds detail and authenticity to any do it yourself or ready made costume.
Create A Simple Hobbit Look With Thrift Store Items
You can also create another simple look using a men’s striped button up shirt in neutral colors (white shirt with neutral stripe colors) and a pair of suspenders in a neutral color. Combine these with a pair of pants cut off just below the knee to create breeches. Stick to traditional Hobbit colors or dark browns or gray for the best look.