The nazgul or ringwraith armor and costumes derive their look from several, often unexpected sources.   It would seem that the world of Mordor,  Middle Earth  and  Elven hang-outs have a particular interest in late 14th and 15th European century fashion.   During this period, in Europe that is, a long and very voluminous robe began to be worn.   Sometimes lined, sometimes trimmed in expensive animal fur, the houpelande became all the rage for the middle and upper classes.    Both men and women wore this gown, that if layed out, was the equivalent of a 360 degree circular cloak in terms of the sheer amount of material used.   

All that material had to go somewhere, so it would seem that early houpelandes required a belt.   It is believed that a wife or servents would tuck the massive amount of material into folds resembling pleats.   Certainly by the mid 15th century, the houpelande began to incorporate tailored pleats.   In any event, the folding or pleating created an attractive X-pattern, with the folds diverging outward at the center.   Sleaves on houpelandes varied (as did their length) but most seem to have incorporated ample amounts of material.    Some sleaves openings were bound up creating a smaller hole for the hand.  Others had enormous triangular sleave openings, with the bottom of the sleeve extending down several feet.  

It is this last variation, at body length with huge triangular sleeves, that seems to have emerged as the classic Renaissance image of Saints and Angels in long flowing robes.   Even today, when we make "snow angels"  in a freshly fallen snow, we are imitating the look of the widely popular houpelande.   The image of  "Death" and the "Grim Reaper"  seem to be equally fashionable, borrowing the look of the houpelande for centuries, albeit with hoods.   So in many senses, late Medieval and Renaissance fashion was very much the  inspiration for Middle Earth's costumes including the Witchking and his minions, the Nazgul.       

Even the long Nazgul / Ringwraith belt, with its charactoristic knot is derived from history.   We see belts worn like that all throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  

The Nazgul or Ringwraith also borrow much of their armour design from the latter 15th century.    The nazgul / ringraith gauntlets are almost taken straight from the pages of  which were popular in Germany as well as many surrounding northern European countries from about the latter 1450s to early 1500s.    Similarly  the leg armor or armour of the Nazgul / Ringwraith such as the sabtons (foot armour)  and greaves (shin armour) also have strong gothic undertones.

So in many respects the Ringwraith / Nazgul derive much of their costume and armour  from the annals of historical costume and armour design.    Ringwraith armour is, in effect, crude Mordor -forged gothic armor

As professional  historical armourers, we know how real gauntlets, sabatons and greaves should fit and function.   The Ringwraith / Nazgul gauntlets are no exception.   We have made countless pairs of nazgul / ringwraith gauntlets for dedicated fans throughout the world.    Notably, back in 2003, we created a pair of the Nazgul / Ringwraith gauntlets for a Return of the King promotional event and have been commissioned by movie industry professionals to create replica Lord of the Rings armour   This is perhaps the highest honor.

STILL  SHOPPING  AROUND?     Here are some reassuring thoughts. 


                              We were recently asked if we import/resell armour it as the "middle man."


Perish the thought!   We make it all right here!    Master Andrew Young has been making armour for over 15 years.   He has handled scores of original armour, and has a library of over 2500 texts; a third of which are devoted to the study of arms and armour.   Here are photos of the witchking and nazgul leg armor (above) in progress.

                                                                     Do be careful though

Many  prop websites sell armour that might look good at first glance, but were made overseas by people who dont know this stuff like we do, or is being sold by a retail middle man.  

                                        Consequently, the functionality and accuracy is often debatable.  

We stand behind our craftsmanship and offer free repairs and/or 'product support'  should you need it....no need to go through a 'retail middle-man.'
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                                                                   PRICES  and  DETAILS

Everything is forged from scratch.    Unlike other makers, we can claim that we do not mass produce these pieces; at the most we may create a 2-3 at a given period.   Despite constantly receiving inquiries for our pieces, our decision to keep our "production numbers"  low gives us the luxury of time to pay attention to the "little" details that appear straight out of Mordor (aka, the WETA workshops).  

And yet we don't stop with modern smooth steel finishes or simple dark paint, which betray the anguish and decay of the 9 living dead kings.   Our armour feature 'real' battle marks, weapon slashes and gouges, aging, pitting and weathering that recall the anger and desperation of the Ringwraith / Nazgul as they journey through Middle Earth in pursuit of the One Ring.   The resulting armour is a breathtakingly realistic recreation as our client  praises clearly attest.     


       
Gauntlets:

BASIC  VERSION   ...............................................................735  (cuff plate has no underside plate, no  straps)

FULL  VERSION  (correct version with full wrap around cuffs)................................................................795




Additional  details for  added  realism  take extra  time  to  make  from  scratch,  yet  the  results  are  convincing! : 

LEATHER  GLOVE  WEATHERING  ( we "age" and weather your gloves)..................................... 25 (free if you order greaves and sabatons)

HAND  MADE  BUCKLE  PAIRS   (hand forged and add an extra touch of mordor-reaslism )........................55

ROLLED- OVER  EDGES   (for added safety and added strength on the cuff)................................................... 45

HAND MADE  HINGES  (hand forged to add yet another  touch of mordor-reaslism ).....................................45



Legs  (save $20 dollars if ordering both at the same time !):  

FULL STEEL GREAVES  (not  straight tubes! - ours are carefully shaped like real greaves, mimicing the  human leg)........525

SABATONS *  (fully articulated, designed to be worn over and attached  to low profile shoes  like  these   or  these ).........565

LEATHER  SHOE-BOOTS  (low profile style,  critical for correctly wearing sabatons...................................................................135

- please note that sabatons should be ordered with greaves as its the only way to ensure proper fitting when forging it.

" They exceed my every expectation.....
I really appreciate your honesty (and communication too) in a process which can be a bit scary... "

   S. Engle,

My coworkers and family love these things.  I think I was the most popular guy all week in the office!  Halloween and any other excuse I can find to wear the armor is going to be a blast.  Thanks for making my year guys!

                  
-H Franklin
"I'm sure you guys get your fair share of thank you notes.   Please let me add mine to the pile.   The realistic detailing on the armor is excellent which makes sense because its real armor!   I feel like I should be keeping an eye out for hobbits in my neighborhood!"

               H.  Switzer
"I am at a loss for words.  I never thought I would be able to wear accurate armor "

-K Lee



"Jeeze Creesy these things are beautiful.   Another happy mate....let me know when the great helmet is done"

-S  W



".....museum quality all the way.   Stupendous job gentlemen."

-D.  H.



"Arguably the best rendition of  the original gauntlets.   Are you sure you didnt work in Mordor in a past life?! "

-P  W


"....what impresses me most is the sheer diversity of your abilities and talents  I have worked in and around the film industry for 30 years, rarely having come across someone who undoubtedly defines the concept of a Renaissance man.  You are as gifted as you are giving sir.    Thank you for all your help"

       
   - "Q",   Irvine
       
  Having proudly make armour  for  thousands of

  customers right here in our Maryland workshop!   
 
             
RINGWRAITH -  NAZGUL   ARMOUR
RINGWRAITH -  NAZGUL   ARMOUR
           
"....your work is without doubt ...bar none...the most accurate have seen.      
   
                        
S.    Champlain
"Insanely cool.   Best versions anywhere!-- I have no problem citing your name as one of the best reproduction artists anywhere.   You are the defector wraith man"

-B W,




After scouring the net for a year or more to see who genuinely made the best armor, most reproductions are either embarrassingly bad as too look like a highschool shop class project  or are so highly priced I would have to refinance my house if you get my meaning....  


                         
S.    Champlain


Your advice , insight, and straight- talk has been indispensable and so refreshing"

                         
S.    Champlain



       
A Steel Nazgul / Ringwraith Gauntlet set
Nazgul / Ringwraith Steel  Gauntlets oxidized (rusted) at customer's request
Another Steel  Nazgul / Ringwraith Gauntlet set showing similar weathering
A new Nazgul / Ringwraith Gauntlet set: ready to be weathered
A rare Nazgul / Ringwraith Gauntlet set: entirely in aluminum
With nails like these, who needs a manicure!
Another Nazgul / Ringwraith gauntlet set ready to be weathered
Yet another Nazgul / Ringwraith gauntlet set: note the thumb hinge
which is forged from scratch, right here in our Maryland workshop
Nazgul / Ringwraith leg armour shins (technically called greaves)
Another angle of the Nazgul / Ringwraith leg armour
Nazgul / Ringwraith foot armour (properly called sabatons)
Another view of the Nazgul / Ringwraith foot armor/  sabatons)
       Ringwraiths,  The Four Horsemen, The Grim Reapear, Snow Angels

                                       ...And Lotsa material!

The nazgul or ringwraith armor and costumes derive their look from several, often unexpected sources.   It would seem that the world of Mordor,  Middle Earth  and  Elven hang-outs have a particular interest in late 14th and 15th European century fashion.   During this period, in Europe that is, technological innovation had allowed textile mills to produce more material at faster rates.   As a consequence, in the vein of conspicuous consumption that often defined the pre industrial period, one way to display one's wealth was to incorporate greater amounts of fabric into their clothing.    Thus, a a long and very voluminous robe began to be worn.   Sometimes lined, sometimes trimmed in expensive animal fur, the houpelande became all the rage for wealthier merchants, the upper middle class and nobles.    Both men and women wore this gown, that if layed out, was the equivalent of a 360 degree circular cloak in terms of the sheer amount of material used.   





















All that material had to go somewhere, so houpelandes required a belt.   It is believed that a wife or servants would neatly tuck the massive amount of material into folds resembling pleats.   Certainly by the mid 15th century, the houpelande began to incorporate tailored pleats.   In any event, the folding or pleating created an attractive X-pattern, with the folds diverging outward at the center.   Sleeves on houpelandes varied (as did their length) but most seem to have incorporated ample amounts of material.    Some sleaves openings were bound up creating a smaller hole for the hand.  Others had enormous triangular sleave openings, with the bottom of the sleeve extending down several feet.  

It is this last variation, at body length with huge triangular sleeves, that seems to have emerged as the classic Renaissance image of Saints and Angels in long flowing robes.   Even today, when we make "snow angels"  in a freshly fallen snow, we are imitating the look of the widely popular houpelande.   The image of  "Death" and the "Grim Reaper"  seem to be equally fashionable, borrowing the look of the houpelande for centuries, albeit with hoods.   So in many senses, late Medieval and Renaissance fashion was very much the  inspiration for Middle Earth's costumes including the Witchking and his minions, the Nazgul.       























Even the long Nazgul / Ringwraith belt, with its characteristic knot is derived from history.   We see belts worn like that all throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  




































The Nazgul or Ringwraith also borrow much of their armour design from the latter 15th century.    The nazgul / ringraith gauntlets are almost taken straight from the pages of gothic gauntlets which were popular in Germany as well as many surrounding northern European countries from about the latter 1450s to early 1500s.    Similarly  the leg armor or armour of the Nazgul / Ringwraith such as the sabtons (foot armour)  and greaves (shin armour) also have strong gothic undertones.

So in many respects the Ringwraith / Nazgul derive much of their costume and armour  from the annals of historical costume and armour design.    Ringwraith armour is, in effect, crude Mordor -forged gothic armor.

As professional  historical armourers, we know how real gauntlets, sabatons and greaves should fit and function correctly.   The Ringwraith / Nazgul gauntlets are no exception.   We have made countless pairs of metal nazgul / ringwraith gauntlets for dedicated fans throughout the world.    Notably, back in 2003, we created a pair of the Nazgul / Ringwraith gauntlets for a Return of the King promotional event and have been commissioned by movie industry professionals to create replica Lord of the Rings armour.   This is perhaps the highest honor.

An Historical Gothic Couter
(elbow) late 15th century
An Historical Gothic Sabaton late 15th century
TOP ROW:   Historical Gothic Gauntlets, late 15th century