The Middle Earth Collection: OakenshieldTM

Our Middle Earth Collection wouldn’t be complete without a design dedicated to the great miners and craftsmen of the world of Tolkien: the Dwarves. Practical, skilled & proud warriors, the Dwarves immense architectural feats and forging skills, which were said to rival those of the Elves, are legendary.

 

This strong, new pattern is named Oakenshield, after the heirs to the title “King Under the Mountain” – a hereditary title conveyed on the Dwarf ruler who resides in the Lonely Mountain.

Thorin Oakenshield, in The HobbitTM, is the sole heir to this title. His grandfather Thrór was the ruler who lost the mountain dwelling, and the wealth within it, to Smaug in TA2770. Defeated, Thrór passed the title & the last of the Seven Dwarven Rings to his son: Thráin II, father of Thorin. Living a life of exile with his father, Thorin cultivated an unwavering sense of purpose which would eventually drive his quest to retake his family seat from the ferocious dragon, bringing Bilbo Baggins (and all of us) along with him for the adventure.

The Oakenshield lineage is celebrated on this stunning new wrap design, with the names Thrór, Thráin and Thorin inscribed in the edges of the interlocking shields which make up this geometric pattern. Inspired by the industrial nature of the Dwarves, and their celebrated talent for manufacturing arms, this wrap is an homage to the Oakensheild line – their title “King Under the Mountain” is inscribed in repeating runes along the top and bottom rails.

Our designer Evonne took inspiration for the motifs and hard lines of Art Deco pieces, creating a series of decorative shields which feature straight-edged interlocking patterns reminiscent of Celtic knots but with a more industrial aesthetic, reflecting the nature of the Dwarves of Middle-Earth.

The first of two colourways, Oakenshield Ore features an off-centre, mirrored grad which runs from midnight black, through fiery reds to a warm orange centre. Our designer Mike, specifically created this ‘forged’ grad for maximum impact and so that the strong band of colour would be prominently displayed when wrapped, with the black area sitting under the seat; this wrap looks stunning in use. The perfect colourway to reflect the Dwarves’ skill forging metals, this wrap is a great addition to growing Middle Earth Collection.

Woven from organic combed cotton and hemp; this wrap is strong, soft and shimmery, feeling thin in hand and wonderfully malleable. Finished with our new soft-touch technique, the hemp weft is buttery soft straight from the bag – this wrap requires no breaking in at all and will be perfect for all ages.

Watch out for new Middle Earth releases over the next few weeks including the return of old favourite alongside new colourways and one more brand new pattern …..



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