Happy Saturday, my beautiful monsters! What have you been up to this week? I’ve had a pretty good week – I made my first batch of Christmas cookies and we had our department yankee swap at work… but I’ll talk more about that at the December wrap up in a week or so.
The end of the year is coming fast, huh?
Well this week’s book box came by just barely. I had one vote on the last day of the poll. If y’all don’t vote you’re leaving it up to me to pick the boxes, and to be honest? You may end up with a lot of Harry Potter. So, um, please vote? It keeps it interesting and I really want to know what y’all want to see from the books I’ve read and familiar with. You can also request a book and I’ll add it to the poll (assuming I’ve read it or can work with it)! When I make those polls, it’s a random mix of what I can think of – a children’s book, a classic, something I’ve read recently, and something else. So please… vote… recommend! I’m all ears!
The Fellowship of the Ring Box
A Middle Earth Inspired Gift Box for Book Lovers.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power – the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
If you read fantasy and you haven’t read The Fellowship of the Ring, you are doing yourself a disservice. While the writing is heavy and you have to be patient to get through things like the Council of Elrond, the book is loaded with gems before the hobbits even lead the Shire… and all things you will not see in the film. I highly recommend this book to anyway who loves fantasy or classic literature. The audiobook is also quite decent.
This book is available on Book Depository and they ship for free worldwide! The version I’ve linked is published through Dover Evergreen Classics and is a professional looking copy.
“Prancing Pony Porter” T-Shirt
Once the Hobbits pass out of the Shire, their first stop is supposed to be at the Prancing Pony, where Gandalf will meet them to aid them on the rest of their journey. And why not commemorate your visit to this fine establishment with a shirt celebrating their fine ales…. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m not sure you were aware of this, but “it comes in pints!” (Pippin = <3)
These graphic tees are hand drawn by Cory Freeman Designs and printed on various colors and styles. For this one, I definitely recommend the brown.
Bag End Door Bookmark
Bag End. The most coveted hole in Hobbiton, or so it seems, since the Sackville-Bagginses are constantly knocking at Bilbo’s door and trying to see if he’s dead yet so they can claim possession of his home. Unfortunately for them, Bilbo has an heir and all his worldly goods – including the Hobbit hole, will be going to him. What Frodo decides to do with his inheritance is another matter entirely.
This metal bookmark should never bend or tear (unless you have super human strength?) and is made on a Celtic knot base well suited for the Shire’s charm. The charm on the bookmark itself, naturally, features a door quite similar to bag end and green decorative beads. Elissa J. Designs specializes in bookish jewelry and bookmarks just like this!
What would Frodo be without the Fellowship. The blonde elf with an incredible talent for archery is a wonderful representative for his race’s support of Frodo’s quest. Since elves are light as a feather, he can walk on snow as the Fellowship climbs Mount Caradhras during a blizzard, and his keen ears hear the Orcs in the Mines of Moria before most (if not all) others.
This doll is handcrafted by Martian Creations and is intended for display, not play. He even comes with his own little stand!
The Mood Lighting
The Shire Layered Candle
One of the most beautiful and magical places in the entire series – if you don’t care about Frodo saving Middle Earth, then you at least must care about him saving the Shire. This candle burns in three layers, and each layer represents a different part of the Shire that is close to the character’s hearts – from Sam’s garden to the comfort of home in Bag End… this candle will take you there and back again.
Of all the things I could point out about the candle’s creator, One Fan Clapping, I just want to point out her sense of humor on her listings, because most candle descriptions don’t make me chuckle. Her final word at the end of the listing is “PS: This is a candle… properly used, it will be set on fire. DO NOT PLAY WITH FIRE”. Lol.
“Tree of Gondor” Flameless Light Box
A little something for Boromir. For all his mistakes, this son of Gondor plays an essential role in making sure the Hobbits are alive and able to continue their journey. Boromir is fiercely protective and in love with his homeland, often thinking on Gondor above the needs of the Fellowship. But he means well.
It is super important that this light box is not used with a candle. That will start a fire. However, Burnt Pixels promises this is perfect for an LED candle, or party lights, or anything like that. Why not light up your life with a little of Gondor?
Something Just For You
Middle Earth Map
A little birdie told me that fantasy lovers are obsessed with maps. Well, Middle Earth is perfect mappable material. Tolkien creates a lush and complicated world, and most versions include a map of Middle Earth for your own reference.
This map from Land of Scrolls is a proper traveling map, aged and with its edges slightly burnt. You’ll want to tuck this in your traveling pack and set off on an adventure of your own.
Have you read The Fellowship of the Ring? What did you think of it?
Would you have had the courage to leave home, travel far across the land, and destroy the ring?
What book would you like to see next? Vote in the poll on the sidebar, changes weekly! <3