Many descriptions here, especially of the tunic, could be attributed
to the female costume as well, as the designs are similar.
The male centaur's hair is very long, almost longer than the females!
They are placed in two battle positions based on their physique;
the heavy-bodied ones are lancemen, and the light-bodied ones are
This is from Tehanu's Set Report from TheOneRing.net.
"Being centaurs, they have two breastplates
- one to cover the human chest, the other to protect the
horse's chest. Weta's usual work is in evidence - the metal
(or a realistic light plastic substitute) is beautifully
decorated with lion emblems, sunburst patterns and slightly
art deco papyrus motifs. The leather caparisons worn on
the horse bodies are also tooled and worked with details.
Many leather straps and belts bind the armor and war harness
onto their bodies, and each is decorated with ornate golden
buckles. Each centaur also wears a kind of short cloak fastened
over the shoulders, in a coarsely woven cloth colored in
rich ochre and reddish brown.
"You can't see the join between the human
and horse parts because of the armor and the cloak, but
parts of the horsehide are visible, and they reveal another
cunning piece of work. The hair is not real hair, but it
does look realistic - most of all because the hair lies
in the direction of the limbs, just as on a real animal,
instead of pointing all the same way as it would with cheap
fake fur. The centaurs seemed to have on their winter coats,
which were rather rough."
"One centaur had a long scabbard strapped
to each flank, and two very long swords. He could draw them
both and flash them about in a very dramatic way, but it
was tricky to avoid hitting the horse body strapped behind
him. The others carried long Norman-type shields with a
Basic Armor, Weapons
All male centaurs wear sleeveless wool tunics and horse armor,
and carry a shield and a two-handed great sword.
The peytral normally covers the front of the horse chest. On the
centaur it's where the human thigh would be, buckled at the sides
behind the human waist to the leather caparison.
The brown leather caparison is made up of several pieces on each
side covering the rump, belly, and flanks. They are buckled to each
other across the back and under belly. Everything is connected
with an intricate web of brown straps and buckles. Some males wear
chain mail under the caparison and brown leather guards on their
to Richard Taylor, a centaur could have a 6-7 foot range with his
two-handed sword. Centaurs carry both one-handed and two-handed
swords, depending on their position in battle. Their other weapons
are described below. The swords are broad-bladed with a wide fuller
own the middle; the variation beteen the two designs is primarily
in the hilt.
One has a slightly curved steel crossguard and langet
(crosspiece parallel to the blade). The grip is one piece of medium-varnished
wood, and the pommel is fan shaped and edged with steel. The scabbard
has a steel chape and locket, and looks like plain wood with red
leather sewn around the mouth. The female centaurs and lancemen
primarily use this sword design.
The second design is mostly found on the swordsmen.
The steel crossguard is arched away from the hand (useful for catching
an opponent's blade during swordplay), a light wood grip seperated
by a gold ring (on the large sword it's wood with wire binding near
the pommel), and a triangular steel pommel with gold accents. The
White Witch uses the one-handed
version of this sword during the battle. Later, she also uses
one of Orieus' swords. The scabbard is hard to see, but may be covered
with yellow leather.
The teardrop shields are wood edged in steel with a steel
boss at the heart point. A sun and lion's face is etched in relief
on the boss. The red and gold covering may be leather or canvas.
There are two designs: a red field with a gold fess and flanges
(stripe across the middle and on either side), and a red field with
gold at the chief (top) and base (bottom).
The coronation regalia is made up of full armor,
swords, tunics, and sashes that wrap either across the shoulders
- bound on the right - or from the left shoulder to the waist. The
sashes are held in place by gold fan-shaped buckles. Some serve
in the honor guard; others act as heralds, carrying crescent-shaped
horns bound with silver and tooled wood or leather.
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In the Middle Ages, mounted men would make up the front
lines of battle. Their spears or lances allowed them to weaken the
enemy lines while avoiding hand-to-hand combat. Centaurs are clearly
well suited to this task!
Peter's centaurs carry wooden lances. The lance has a
silver point and a carved-out "gripping area" for the hand and elbow.
The gripping area is covered in red leather and protected by a round
steel handguard. There is a 3-foot extension of the pole behind
the grip that flares out at the very end; this extension provides
some weight balance to the lance. Attached to the lances are red
and gold pennants bearing crossed swords.
The average lanceman's armor can be described as follows:
- Fitted, slightly bunched tunic that ends at the waist
- Human hauberk under tunic. Chain mail under caparison
goes to horse knees
- Two-lame breastplate protects neck to midrib connected
by a large rivet on either side.
- Two-lame backplate covers the shoulderblades/upper
back; the lower lame is attached to breastplate at sides, upper
lame with leather buckles at shoulders
- Peytral is three plate lames held in place by brown
- Full-circle plate vambraces with brown leather padding
- Leather gloves
- Fitted silver helm with a small crest. The eyemask
and cheek guards look to be riveted to the basinet. On either
side is an ear opening that fans out slightly to fit to their
horse-like ears. There is also a small cut-out from the back of
the helm at the nape of the neck. The helm buckles under the chin
with a brown leather strap.
All pieces are heavily etched and can be seen below.
The lancemen make up the honor guard at the coronation.
The lighter male centaurs
are directly behind the lancemen. They carry at least two swords,
two-handed and one-handed. Those with only one sword may also wear
a long quiver on their right flank with what looks like short throwing
spears. Or perhaps these swordsmen double as archers in a pinch;
however, no bow is visible.
The swordsmen's armor is similar to the lancemen's, but
lighter and more varied.
- Some wear full-body mail while others have only a
human mail shirt. Some have no mail at all.
- Tunic extends down below the peytral
- Breastplate and backplate as above
- Two-lame, dark leather peytral
- Leather vambraces wrap completely around the forearm
with plate covering the outer forearm
- Helms are identical in shape, but may or may not have
The swordsmen act as heralds at the coronation.
*Note: The differences between
the armor and weapons of lancemen and swordsmen may not always be
distinct in released images due to design and CG changes before
the film's release.