Hobbits seem to be compared with rabbits quite often. In The Hobbit, Bilbo is referred to as a rabbit by the trolls, the eagles, and by Beorn. To be fair, there are some similarties between the Shire-folk and coneys, if one may be forgiven for comparing people to animals. There is their large feet, propensity for burrowing, and somewhat nervous nature, for example. From a literary perspective, just as rabbits were not originally native to England, so too are Hobbits not “native” to real-world English folklore; but both species seem to have been universally accepted as belonging there now.
Here is one Hobbit who doesn’t mind comparisons with rabbits, for though plump and inoffensive-looking, he is quick as a bunny when he must be. Should danger threaten, he can speed off like a blue streak, right back to the safety of his smial. He is also silent and unobtrusive like a rabbit, which has served him well on many occasions when flight is impractical and he must hide from clumsy Big Folk. He even wears a colourful quilted cloak decorated with an image of a leaping rabbit and rolling hills. Today he is out enjoying a sniff of air and a splash in the mud in the Frogmoors, and though close to home, his ears are ever pricked for signs of danger.
My goal with this outfit was to incorporate the many colours of the infamous “bunny cloak” into the overall look and carry through the quilted or padded look of the cloak as well. The cloak is undyeable and features a primary colour of dark green, a white rabbit on a greyish-brown field, a pale blue sky, orange, gold, and bright green, and even small red checks. I was able to get in the dark green, pale blue, orange, brown, gold and even a tiny bit of red (the inside of the hood, though it is difficult to see). I think the result is colourful and interesting, but something tells me this is one of those outfits that people will either love or hate! What do you think, cute hobbit getup or crime against Middle-earth fashion?
- Head: Urdhol-helm (looted — The Foundry/Ring-forge of Isengard), Rivendell green
- Shoulders: Pristine Dwarf-make Shoulder Guards (crafted — tailor T5; or looted — world drop/general), default
- Back: Cloak From the Men of Bree (bartered — Bree-town Men of Bree vendor/Men of Bree reputation), default
- Chest: Leather Jacket of Determination (looted — world drop/general), Rivendell green
- Hands: Gloves of the Vicious Proclamation (bartered — Tinnudir Wardens of Annúminas quartermaster/Rune-keeper’s goods), orange
- Legs: Dwarf-make Hunter’s Leggings (crafted — tailor T4; or looted — world drop/general), Rivendell green
- Feet: Rochwen’s Boots (quest reward — Trollshaws  Some Disease Affects Them), white
Tips: I don’t usually display boots on Hobbits, but in this case I felt it was necessary to the success of the outfit. The bunny cloak can be obtained from the Men of Bree, and also as Golodir’s Wrap, Mantle or Cloak (quest reward — epic  Volume 1, Book 14, Chapter 1: The Heraldry of Lindon). There is a short-sleeved version of the chest piece used in this outfit is called the Falconer’s Shirt (bartered — skirmish camp classic vendor/Halls of Night). The gloves used in this outfit can also be found as a world drop. Lindir’s Gauntlets (quest reward — Trollshaws  The Riddle-finder) have a similar (but not identical) appearance and would make a great substitution.