Random News: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Teasers

Hello Lovely Readers,

To continue my post from yesterday with the news from SDCC, today we are going to be looking at what has been released for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. First thing that was released were some posters. You can check out one here, or check it out below!

And then yesterday the first teaser trailer for the movie was released!! Check it out below. Honestly, it is set up to break my heart, there is just so much that I want to see and not see in the final part of The Hobbit. The armor and the armies looks great, and the use of Pippin’s song was wonderfully done!

Lastly, Peter Jackson has announced that there will be a bit fan contest coming up, with registration starting in August. The prize is to win a flight to New Zealand to watch the premier of the movie with Peter Jackson! I know I will be entering! Check out the information in the video below.

So how excited are you guys, because I know I am super pumped for this movie (even though I know it will bring nothing but tears!)

Until next time,


Random News: Literary Celebrations

Hello Lovely Readers,

I have some fun literary finds for you today, however, they have both been such popular news that I am afraid you may have already seen them. However, if you haven’t I hope that you enjoy them, I know I did.

The first was an epic Harry Potter themed wedding that a couple had. It was very impressive all the details from the series that they were able to include. It looks like it would have been a very fun wedding to attend, and everyone seems to be having a great time. I think the wand wedding favors were my favorite element!

The second is truly a reason for literary people to celebrate. There have been some new unearthed recordings of JRR Tolkien from a Hobbit themed dinner. These recordings are still being cleaned and digitized, but they should be coming out soon. Apparently there is even a lost poem in Elvish that he also translates into English. I am very excited to hear this when it is finally released. The article also peeked my interest in Tolkien as a person, as I have only ever heard the basics about him (mostly because I have visited places where he once lived).

Until next time,

Random News: Lord of the Rings Projects

Hello Lovely Readers,

So today I have found some really amazing replicas of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit builds that people have done. Two of them are out of Legos, one is a doll’s house, and one is an actual house. They just show how cool being a nerd is!

First up is a replica of Rivendell out of 200,000 Lego bricks. You can view more information about the build here, as well as more pictures. This was built by Alice Finch and David Frank. It is truly beautiful!

Second is an unofficial version of the Battle of Helm’s Deep by Rich-K and Big J, with tons of photos here. There is an official Lego version of the Battle of Helm’s Deep, but it is not as extensive, with only 1,368 pieces, versus the over 150,000 of this unofficial version. On top of that staggering number there are 1,700 figurines in this version!!

Next is a doll house version of Bag End, from after The Hobbit. You can view many pictures as well as some information about the construction here. The amount of detail and work that was put into this version are truly staggering!

Lastly, here is an article about a real sized version of Bag End. There are many out there, and this is just one of the many. Again there are so many wonderful details that only a true fan could appreciate!

Are any of these tempting for you guys to build? I know I would love a Hobbit-hole type house one day, but right now funds just aren’t were they need to be for me to build my own!

Until next time,

Random News: Love in Literature for Valentine’s Day part 2

Hello Lovely Readers,

As promised here are more of my love and literature finds for Valentine’s Day. The first find is a collection of 23 Epic Literary Love Tattoos. As I have shared before I love when people’s tattoos reflect their interests, and I love literary tattoos (maybe not enough to get one though!). For me, I really enjoy how many of these are from poetry, which I have been missing lately. I think there could have been a wider collection of sources for the text, but it might have something to do with what people actually get tattooed! While it was hard to pick a favorite, I was obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe when I was younger, and I have a soft spot for Annabel Lee (even if I think it is a bit sad for a paired love based tattoo).
The next two are specifically for Valentine’s Day. The first is a collection of Literary Valentines. These are based off of famous authors and their works, with an animation of the author. It was fun trying to identify everyone before reading who they were. I of course love the JRR Tolkien one!
The next set of Literary Valentines are for the Harry Potter Addict in Your Life. As a word of warning, these ones are a bit more naughty than the other ones, and would not be good for children to send to each other. Several of them I am familiar with, but some were new and made me laugh. It was hard to pick one that I felt comfortable sharing on this site and that I liked, but really anything for Draco (portrayed by Tom Felton) was going to be ok!
Lastly, is a list of 10 Shakespeare Boyfriends, ranking them from the best to the worst. I am not a huge fan of this list, and I am not really sure what the process was for picking them. Personally I think a while bunch of the males from the Comedies are missing, and they would be some of the better options. Ones like Benedick (Much Ado Abotu Nothing), Sebastian of Feste (from Twelfth Night), Prince Hal/King Henry V (from Henry IV parts 1 & 2, and King Henry V), or so many others, could easily have added to this list. While from the list I think Macduff is one of the better options, I would prefer Benedick!

Macduff being held captive by Macbeth

So how will you guys be spending the day tomorrow? For those of you who are not a fan of the day (like me) tune back in tomorrow for my favorite finds!

Until next time,

Random News: Even More Middle-Earth Celebration

Hello Lovely Readers,

I clearly am on a Middle-Earth kick right now. I just posted my review of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug yesterday, it is spoiler free but at the end there is a link to some hidden content where I talk about some parts of the movie that are a little bit of spoilers! However, as I am still on a high from seeing the movie, and just obtaining the soundtrack, here are some more Middle-Earth finds!

First, is a fun personality quiz that tells you what type of Middle-Earth character you would be. I was a bit disappointed as I thought it would be specific people, but it is races (as far as I can tell). However, the quiz is fun, and you can take it here. I’m not sure how accurate the answers are, as I am apparently an  Elf. This made me laugh as I am not someone you would call graceful (more likely clumsy or someone with a lower center of gravity). I am probably more of a hobbit or dwarf, but I do like poetry and woods, so maybe it is plausible.

One of my favorite things is someone has created a Smaug twitter account, and it is pretty funny. Several of the best of them have been collected on lists on Tumblr, but you can access the original tweets here. Just as a heads up, there is a little bit of language not appropriate for kids on there, but it is fun to read.

I had to go looking for this one, as it has been one of my favorite things since I first saw it. I tell many people about it, and decided to include the link to the pictures and original story, you can access it here. But you can see a family spends part of their Christmas holiday building edible/candy recreations of famous battles in Middle-Earth. They have done Helms Deep siege, and my favorite the battle of Pelennor Fields at Minas Tirith (the big battle in Return of the King). I have to say I am very tempted to try one of these myself, but have neither the time nor help to pull it off.

I wasn’t sure if I would include this story or not, but I decided to leave it vague enough that if you don’t want to know you can ignore it. According to Yahoo, it appears that when Evangeline Lilly signed on to play Tauriel she had one demand, and then in editing it was decided to go directly against this wish. I really respect her for demanding it, but I would argue that it worked out. However, for everyone, there is a great video at the end where several of the actors have to guess who a picture of feet belongs to among the cast. It was pretty funny, especially the last set of feet! You can access the article here, but if you really want to avoid all spoilers, hold off on this article.

Anyone else dealing with post Hobbit highs? If so how are you guys dealing with it?

Until next time,

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Movie Title: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Director: Peter Jackson

Notable Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, and Evangeline Lilly

“Truly songs and tales fall utterly short of your enormity, O Smaug the Stupendous…”
Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Final Verdict: A really great, epic movie, even though not too much actually happens. It leaves you wishing it was next year already so you can see how the story ends!

For the full review of this movie and the movie trailer, click the movie title.

**Additionally, at the bottom of the review, there is a link to a hidden page where we discuss our thoughts about the ending for those of you who have already seen the movie and aren’t concerned about spoilers**

Random News: Building Excitment for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug-Part 2

Hello Lovely Readers,

Due to decorating a Christmas tree the size of a mountain troll, I wasn’t able to finish a review for today, so instead you get more Tolkien inspired fun. Hopefully those crazy few that  went to the midnight premieres of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug really enjoyed it. I will be seeing it in 10 hours, and have the soundtrack from the first movie on repeat on my computer (with occasionally taking breaks to play some songs from the old Hobbit animated movie!).

My first find was a list of times when Legolas was making funny faces in the background from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (I know technically it is all one book, but the movies are a trilogy, just in case any hard core Tolkien fans have issues with this!). You can see the gifs and pictures of him here. At first I wasn’t very happy with the idea that Peter Jackson had decided to add Legolas to this movie, but the idea has grown on me, and hopefully it will work well in the movie. I think my favorite picture from the set is one that is from a behind the scenes video about the filming of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!

While Legolas’ face may have been the unsung hero of the first three movies, some have already started to argue his father, Thranduil the King of Mirkwood, is the real star of the Hobbit trilogy. You can view the “argument” here. I really like the actor Lee Pace, and I think they have done an excellent job choreographing his movements to make him really appear not human, and he does look like Legolas.

There was  also a sort of neat, short video with 8 Things You Didn’t Know About “The Hobbit”.I knew about half of the facts, but it was still neat to watch. You can view the video above. I suggest just turning the sound off and listening to this amazing cover of The Misty Mountains by Peter Hollins, which is below.

The last is maybe one of my favorite finds, as it is a list of cheesy/horrible pick up lines based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Hopefully none of them were meant seriously, and they did make me laugh! You can see the list here. I think the only one that sort of works is “Sauron’s gonna be after me because he knows I’ve found the one.”

Hope you guys have a great weekend, and for those going to see the movie, I hope it is as good as we all want it to be. I am still deciding if I am wearing my Lord of the Rings hair chopsticks tonight, or adding some elf braids (plaits for you UK readers)… I know, the really important questions! Feel free to let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments, just no spoilers, please (just on things not in the original Hobbit text at least, feel free to spoil the book, it has been out for a while!).

Until next time,

Random News: Building Excitment for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Hello Lovely Readers,

As many of you are aware, this week is when most countries will begin showing The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, and I know I am so ready to see the movie. Both Frances and I grew up loving The Hobbit, and we know we are not alone in having the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies be very influential on our future movie choices. So in anticipation of the awesome times to be had this weekend, I have a post with some Middle-Earth inspired finds to share with you.

The best place to start is with the amazing creator, JRR Tolkien. I have learned a lot about him while living over in England, mostly because he partly grew up where I now live, and people claim it is where he was inspired for some of the stories. Yahoo, ran an interesting article with 13 things most people don’t know about Tolkien (read here). I learned a lot from the list, but I really enjoyed was his very obvious love for his wife. Their shared grave is beautiful.

Next, someone has created a collection of the Ruins of Middle-Earth. These are beautiful photos that have been wonderfully manipulated, and are overlaid with facts about each of the ruins. It really helps you feel like you are in Middle-Earth.

Middle-Earth seems to really inspire artists of all mediums, and one of my favorites to see for literary art are tattoos. I always find it fascinating to see what each person has taken as the most important part for them, and has decided to get permanently (or most permanently) carved into their flesh. Buzzfeed had a great article with 25 of these Tolkien inspired tattoos. My favorite is the one pictured here on the blog, as it seems to be a reminder that even after the darkest times there can be good again.

The last find might just be my favorite, even if it has been around for a little bit. It is a dream cast idea if all the characters had their gender’s swapped. You can see the full collection here. Considering that the books and movies are so male heavy, this means there are a lot of female actors dreamed up as replacements. I think my favorite though has to be Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in the Narnia movies) as Arwen, and Alexis Bledel as Frodo!

So are you guys as excited as I am for the new movie? Will you be seeing it this weekend? Any fun plans to celebrate the release (i.e. re-watching the first movie, having a feast, etc.)?

Until next time,

Inspired By: Fantasy Languages

Hello Lovely Readers,

I am one of those people that love to try learning new languages, but as I say when people ask, “I can hardly speak English!” Language and grammar are things I have always struggled with in English, but that does not stop me wishing to learn other languages. While some might think that this is an admirable trait, really it is not. Especially when some of the languages I want to learn were create for some of my favorite books. I thought I would share some sites I have found to learn languages from Fantasy Novels. I have not tried any of these so I cannot say if any of them are really helpful or not.

Dothraki Sample

From The Game of Thrones (or the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin)

High Valyrian
Astapori Valyrian

Klingon Writing Sample

Star Trek


John’s speech about Sherlock in the writing of the Time Lords, made by suriella.tumblr.com who has more work that you can check out!

Doctor Who

Writing in Gallifreyan

Elvish Writing Sample (which style of Elvish is unknown)

JRR Tolkien Languages

Elvish (to my understanding this has the several variations that Tolkien created)
The only source that I have used is a book called The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Ruth S. Noel. This contains introductory information on 14 of Tolkien’s languages!

Dwarvish writing Sample

Creating your own Fantasy Language

Writer’s resource

So have any of you tried to learn any of these languages, or other fantasy based languages? Any good resources you recommend? Are there any languages you wish you could learn? I am so much more of a writing person, and would like to learn to write many of these!

Until next time,

Inspired by: Lord of the Rings, Embroidered Map of Middle Earth UPDATE

Hi everyone,

So, I somewhat recently posted about the embroidered map of Middle Earth that I am completing for my mum as she is an avid fan of Lord of the Rings. I had originally aimed to finish the map for Christmas this year…I’ve realised that this was probably very overambitious! I am making progress (see pictures below), but slow progress.

I started with Mordor — I couldn’t help myself 🙂

Here’s the overall shot, so far. As you can see, I still have many, many mountains to go before I can move up to the top right hand corner!

I was initially very worried about whether the text would be readable, particularly because I only wanted to make the map A0 size. I think that so far, the text has worked well. Hopefully, you agree. I used single strands of black thread for this lettering so I could retain the different font styles.

For the mountains at the base of Mordor, I really wanted them to be sharp and angular by using two strands of black thread and blocking in the shadows. I think that this works well and adds to the feel of Mordor.

For the Ash Mountains above Mordor, I wanted something a little softer. I hoped that this would highlight that there is a difference between the mountain. I still used two strands of black thread, but I was less accurate about where I placed the needle for the shadows and I varied the shape of the shadows (not always triangular).

What do you think of the map so far? Are you going to attempt to embroider the map of Middle Earth too? It’s actually not as hard as I expected…just time consuming.

Happy reading, and watch out for more updates on my progress embroidering the map of Middle Earth!

See the first post of the Embroidered Map of Middle Earth here: Inspired by: Lord of the Rings, Embroidered Map of Middle Earth