J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary works have spawned a number of memorable characters, including Bard the Bowman from his fantasy novel The Hobbit. Bard serves a very useful purpose in the novel and movie of the same name, when he is the one who is able to kill the evil dragon Smaug. Bard has inside information about the one weak spot on the dragon and uses his trusty bow and arrow with family heirloom treasure, the “Black Arrow”, to pierce the one vulnerable part of the dragon’s body. After successfully killing Smaug, Bard later becomes King of Dale. Bard the Bowman is a character that many boys and men might like to portray for Cosplay or Halloween. However, there seem to be no ready-made costumes available for Bard. Never fear, because with a little creativity, you can put together your own DIY Bard the Bowman costume.
Tarzan Wig (Adult)
To get the look of Bard’s long hair, this Tarzan wig makes a good choice. Front section of hair could be pulled back and secured with a bobby pin or hair clip of some kind to achieve a similar style as Bard wears. One size wig fits most adults. Wig is made from synthetic fibers and can be hand washed if needed.
To help hold your natural hair in place and to hide it better while wearing the wig, don’t forget to purchase a wig cap to go under it. Wig cap is made from sheer nylon fabric and is a one size fits most item. For the rest of Bard the Bowman’s facial hair, use brown or black eyebrow pencil to shade in a mustache, goatee, and sideburns, or grow your own beard out for a few days and trim to make it look like the character.
Thomas (Brown) Adult Boots
These brown boots are the perfect choice for creating your Bard the Bowman costume. Comes in sizes small (8 to 9), medium (10 to 11), and large (12 to 13). Made from flexible, lightweight , suede-textured microfiber fabric, these mid-calf length boots feature detailed side lacing fasteners. Boots have a half inch wedge type heel. Both stylish and comfortable, and great for fantasy character, historical, and sci-fi themed costumes.
Adult Brown Pants
These simple pants make the perfect pair for a Bard the Bowman costume, as not much of his pants actually show. Available in small, medium, large, and extra large, these simple polyester twill pants with elastic waistband will do the job nicely without breaking the bank. Tuck pants into boots to create an authentic Bard look.
Disney Store Archery Bow And Arrow Costume Accessories Kit
Where would Bard the Bowman be without his bow and arrow? This bow and arrow set is complete with bow, quiver,four arrows, and an adjustable belt. Bow is plastic but makes a great costume accessory and necessary piece for this character. Arrows conveniently store in quiver when not in use.
Mahmoud Cotton Men’s Kurta
This is a long, modest tunic style shirt of medium weight, made from 100% cotton poplin fabric. Available in sizes small, medium, large, X Large, XX Large, and XXX Large and is a rich brown color. Garment may be washed in cold water and air dried, do not use heat. Buttons down front from neck to chest. This tunic would make a good shirt for a Bard the Bowman costume by tying some type of rope or belt around the middle and pulling it up and over the belt. Refer to photos of the character to get a visual of how his shirt is worn, and how this shirt could be used in the same manner.
Mens Tom Hardy Bane Real Leather Coat In Distressed Brown Color
This coat comes in sizes ranging from XX small to XXX large and is made of real leather with shearling lining throughout. Coat is a distressed brown color to give it a rugged look. Features a folding collar, button fastening front closure, cuffs with strap, two chest pockets, two inside pockets, two flap pockets at waist, and central vent at the back. This coat will help complete your Bard the Bowman look.
Sew Your Own Men’s Medieval Tunic, Cloak and Accessories
To create your own Bard the Bowman coat, you can start with this great pattern from Simplicity. It can be used to create a sleeveless or long sleeved tunic with either buttons or laces down the front. Pattern contains sleeve and collar variations for cloak, as well as patterns for sash, belt, and boot tops.
Keep in mind that instead of buying all of these separate pieces new, you can also take a look at your local thrift stores. Many times you will discover items there that will work perfectly “as is”, or with some minor alterations. The coat would be something to definitely check for, especially around Halloween time when most thrift shops pull anything that could be used in creating a costume and place it in the costume section of the store. Remember, if you happen to find a thrift sale garment that is perfect in size and style, but the wrong color, you can always buy some dye to make it that color you need.
Unisex Scrub Pants
Sizes are offered from extra small to XX large. When ordered in the color brown, these comfortable scrubs would also work as Bard the Bowman’s pants. Made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton fabric, pants feature drawcord waist, relaxed hip and thigh, traditional rise, straight legs, and double stitched cargo and back pockets.
Unisex V-Neck Scrub Top
This scrub top, when purchased in brown, could be split down the center and used as a vest to place over Bard the Bowman’s tunic .Tie a rope or belt around the middle and adjust garments to hang slightly over belt for an authentic look. Shirt is made from 65% polyester and 35% cotton fabric and is machine washable. Features Dolman Sleeves, back yoke, and one chest pocket. (Image is green but the link goes to the brown one.)