To Be a Ranger of Gondor

Ranger_Close_Tito_HernandezWhat does it take to be a Ranger of Gondor besides strength, courage, and marksmanship?  A Ranger’s outfit, of course. This reporter spotted an awesome, authentic-looking Ranger at the “Hobbits Heroes and Villains” panel on Saturday afternoon at 1PM, Centennial II-III (Hy) and pulled him aside to get the scoop on the suit. The Ranger is Mickey Flint, a first-time Dragon Con attendee who happens to be the owner of Two Gentlemen of Fortune, a supplier of custom leather for pirates, adventurers, and reenactors. And for Rangers, of course.

Mickey’s Ranger duds are a work of art, from his boots to his quiver full of white-fletched arrows and his authentic English longbow with its 50-lb pull. He wears five layers of cloth and leather, including an under-vest, tabard, jerkin, mantle, and cloak. His armguards are positively swoon-worthy.

The hardest part to get right was the quiver, a meticulous reproduction of the one worn by Faramir in the LOTR movies. To make the quiver, Mickey needed its exact dimensions, which were not available.  Mickey hit the jackpot when Faramir turned his back to the camera during the last LOTR movie.  He was able to measure the onscreen height of the quiver and Faramir, look up the actor’s true height, and then use  math—yes, my young padawans, math does have real world applications after all—to calculate the actual dimensions of the quiver.

According to Mickey, the arrows in that gorgeous quiver take the longest to make because each one is bound by hand with silver string.  And don’t let Mickey’s hood and black-masked face frighten you off.  Even though the ensemble took him about 80 hours to make, he has been known to sell the clothes off his back.  For the right price.  So if you want to be a Ranger of Gondor, keep an eye out for Ranger Mickey.  He’s an inspiration.

Ranger_Full_Tito_HernandezPhotos by Tito Hernandez

Author of the article

Debbie Yutko lives near Atlanta with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t gardening, rescuing homeless kittens, or cramming math formulas into teenagers’ brains, she can be found stringing words together at her computer and dreaming of adventures in far-off lands. She is a lifelong reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy and a veteran of Dragon Con, where she enjoys attending panels and working with the talented staff of the Daily Dragon.