23 October 2016

'Tolkien – Soldier and Mythmaker' Exhibition to Visit Lichfield Library

As previously posted, an exhibition titled 'Tolkien – Soldier and Mythmaker' is making the rounds across Staffordshire, an area which had an immense influence on the Professor. It will be on display in the Lichfield Library from 18 November to 8 January; from there, it will move on to the Stafford Library from 10 January to 27 February.

According to a spokesperson: “During the Great War, Second Lieutenant JRR Tolkien of the Lancashire Fusiliers was stationed in Staffordshire, first at Whittington Heath, near Lichfield.

“Lichfield plays a particularly important part in the Tolkien in Staffordshire story. A meeting at The George Hotel in the city was the last occasion that Tolkien met with his three greatest school friends in September 1915.”

Admission to the library is free, but for a £2 entry fee, the exhibition will also feature a talk by local historian David Robbie.

09 October 2016

REVIEW: Smaug the Golden Necklace from Badali Jewelry

I am delighted to have the chance to review another beautiful item from Badali Jewelry! Following the same theme as my last review (the Smaug/Arkenstone set, which you can read here), this new necklace features the mighty dragon Smaug resting atop his bed of gold, the Arkenstone at the centre of his hoard.

The necklace is absolutely gorgeous – Smaug is reminiscent of Tolkien's own design, and the details on the tiny dragon are stunning. The jewel catches and reflects all light that hits it, truly capturing the essence of the Arkenstone and making this an eye-catching piece. I love that this necklace is not just a representation of a character or a theme, but that it actually depicts an important part of the story.

It was hard to get a good quality picture of me wearing the necklace, but this at least shows you the size of the necklace. I love that it's a bit on the smaller side, and I love how well the gold stands out (I wear a lot of black, so I'll be wearing this necklace a lot to make my outfits pop!).

The necklace, I'm told, should be available in a few more weeks; be sure to follow Badali Jewelry on all social media platforms so you can grab yours as soon as they become available! If you're a Tolkien fan who wants to show off your love of Middle-earth, Badali is the way to go! I've been an extremely happy customer since 2004 and I know you will love their products and their customer service as much as I have.

I also want to add a few words about another item I had purchased during the September Hobbit Birthday sale – two Nenya tracer bands, which are stunning. They add even more vintage elegance to the ring, and I can't wait to see how many additional compliments I start getting!

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30 September 2016

Tolkien-Inspired Fashion/Closet Cosplay

I was recently inspired by the lovely folks over at LootCrate to come up with a post inspired by geeky fashion. LootCrate offers a variety of subscription boxes filled with geeky collectibles for a low monthly rate – boxes range from several categories, including an increasingly popular "Loot for Her" box. There's something for every type of collector, so be sure to check them out and see for yourself!


Gandalf is my absolute favourite Tolkien character. I feel our personalities are very similar: I am a good observer who often knows more than I am willing to reveal, I am a good judge of character and seeing the potential in every person, and I certainly love a good adventure! And since most of my wardrobe is black or grey, it wasn't hard to come up with an outfit inspired by him!

When most of us think of Gandalf, we think of flowing grey robes, a pointy hat, bushy eyebrows, and a grey beard. Now unfortunately, I don't own any hats, nor do I have a beard or bushy brows; but I like to think I have the flowing grey garb down. I threw in the scarf just because it's fall and I like to pair different shades of grey together every now and then.

My favourite part about this outfit, and the accessory which everything else centres around, is the knitted handwarmers. They were given to me last winter as a gift, and my very first thought upon receiving them was "I can totally see Gandalf wearing these!" Needless to say, I wear them all season long, until it's too warm.

Additionally, I was able to pair some of my favourite jewellery: Thror's key necklace and the ring of Narya from Badali Jewelry. I wear the ring every single day and get countless compliments on it. 

As an added bonus, I decided to throw in another look, more on the casual side. I own a lot of Tolkien-themed t-shirts, but I am not a t-shirt person at all so I hardly ever wear them! This is how I would have dressed in middle & high school, though, so it was kind of nostalgic to "dress up". I simply paired my "Hobbit Nightmare" t-shirt (from PopUpTee) with a map of Middle-earth infinity scarf I was gifted (from Etsy) and Hobbit messenger bag/backpack (also a gift; from HobbitShop).

What's your favourite geeky look? Leave a comment below, Tweet me your photos, or tag me on Instagram! I want to see your picks!

29 September 2016

New Exhibition Showcases Tolkien's Links to Staffordshire

From 25 October to 16 November, residents of Staffordshire will be able to view the 'Tolkien – Soldier and Mythmaker' exhibition at the Shire Hall Gallery, which offers more insight into the author's time in the county. Some highlights of the exhibition include original sketches by the Professor himself, on loan from The Tolkien Estate and Bodleian Library. The exhibition, which has been on tour since March, has been viewed by more than 40,000 individuals.

“This is a fascinating exhibition with thousands of people already getting the chance to see it," said Gill Heath, libraries chief at Staffordshire County Council. "It’s clear that Staffordshire had a profound effect on this famous writer’s formative years, and we’re very proud of this connection. This exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to learn more about the author’s stay in Staffordshire."

From 7 to 8 pm on 26 October, historian David Robbie will be discussing Tolkien's experiences in Staffordshire, including the effects the Great War had on his writing.

On the 27th, families are invited to join a dragon craft workshop from 10 am to noon with artist Hannah Reynolds. (The workshop is £2 per child and booking is essential. For more information, contact the gallery on 01785 278345 or via email: shirehallgallery@staffordshire.gov.uk.)

The exhibition will move to Stafford Library from 10 January to 27 February.

For more information, visit www.staffordshiregreatwar.com or www.staffordshire.gov.uk.
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