26 July 2015

New Kinhouse!

Awhile back, I made a second Kinship in LOTRO, comprised of my f2p alts, in order to attain more storage space for all of my characters' loot! A few days ago, I finally got around to purchasing my second kinhouse; and that, of course, meant it was time to re-decorate!

(Apologies in advance for the low quality of the images; my laptop is dying so in order to play LOTRO, I've had to set my graphics to the lowest setting.)


Of course, after purchasing the Kinhouse, I decided to downsize – abandoning the personal homes from my VIP and f2p accounts and opting for just the kinhouse – and merge most of my toons into one Kin (Use Well the Days). If you see any characters sporting that name, don't be shy – say hello! And feel free to come visit me at 2 Waterbank Road, Ael Chaeron (Falathlorn Homestead).

Weta Workshop's Comic-Con Preview and Pre-Order Dates

Mark your calendars, polystone collectors! Weta Workshop has released the pre-order dates for their newest arrivals: Minas Tirith, Uruk-hai, and Dain Ironfoot.

 Monday, August 3
The white city where the Men of Gondor defend the last outpost before the darkness that is Mordor.

 Monday, August 10
The terrifying legions of Saruman the White, created by the White Wizard in the caverns beneath Isengard.

 Monday, August 17
A late reinforcement to the Battle of the Five Armies, Dain and his fellow dwarves from the Iron Hills made a formidable fighting force. 

Be sure to visit http://wetanz.com/shop on the dates above to pre-order your polystone collectibles! 

07 July 2015

2016 Tolkien Calendar to Feature Artwork by Tove Jansson

July 30 will see the release of the official Tolkien calendar for 2016, featuring artwork by Tove Jansson and introduction by Brian Sibley.

The Official Tolkien Calendar 2016 features illustrations from renowned artist, Tove Jansson, creator of The Moomins. Jansson illustrated The Hobbit in 1961 for the Swedish and Finnish editions, creating a dozen enchanting full page drawings plus many smaller vignette pieces. Never before published in an English-language edition, the 2016 calendar contains all twelve of these illustrations, many of the vignettes, and a full-colour centrefold featuring her dramatic cover painting of Smaug attacking the Dwarves. The calendar is introduced by Tolkien expert and author Brian Sibley, who corresponded with the artist and provides insightful commentary regarding the genesis of the illustrations and Jansson's tireless work continuing to build the world of The Moomins. The Official Tolkien Calendar has been an established publishing event for Tolkien fans and Hobbit collectors for the last four decades, and the 2016 edition will continue to delight and surprise.
The calendar will be available for purchase through Amazon for $9.72 and AmazonUK for £10.

25 June 2015

Thrór's Key from Badali Jewelry

I have been a huge fan of Paul Badali's Tolkien products since I bought my first Lord of the Rings replica (the gold-plated One Ring) in 2004; last December, I purchased the silver version of the One Ring and fell in love all over again. Not long after receiving that ring, I made another purchase: Thrór's key – inspired by the book and not Peter Jackson's films. Personally, I love this interpretation so much more.

As you can see, the key fills the length of my palm and is amazingly detailed. The inscription is the same as what appears on Thrór's map: "Five Feet High the Door and Three May Walk Abreast. TH TH". I was completely awestruck when I received my purchase.

Thrór's map and key.
Wearing my favourite necklace!

Once again, I am itching to buy more! Next on my list is the Elfstone necklace – I'll be sure to post lots of pictures as well as a review when the time comes!

Be sure to visit BadaliJewelry.com and MyPrecious.us to view (and purchase) more Hobbit and Lord of the Rings themed products! And if you're attending San Diego Comic Con or GenCon, be sure to visit Badali booths #532 and #663, respectively.

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