Originally Posted by Kazephyr
What I learned: I'm never making another LotR costume again. XD Way too many details to obsess over. XD
Aww, but that's the fun part! Stressing and obsessing and making sure everything is just-so to the point where the only cure is intoxication!
If re-creation isn't your bag, though, you could always do an original design based on the descriptions in the books. There are a number of things that the movies did different from the descriptions in the books in order to make it look more like a unified whole (Éowyn's starry mantle is the first thing that comes to mind; they way
overdid the stars). The costume designs from the movies may be more recognizable these days, but there are plenty of people who will fawn over a well-done original design.