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💎 Tolkien Treasures #010: September 2023
Hobbit Day Giveaway WINNER! Plus: celebrating like a hobbit, a new LOTR videogame, and more!
Namárië! Hello all! It’s time again to again share my monthly roundup of Tolkien Treasures.
1. Celebrating Hobbit Day
This past week was Hobbit Day and I don’t know anyone who celebrates Hobbit Day better than @teawithtolkien, who has an entire section of her website dedicated to helping you learn how to celebrate like a Hobbit yourself and have your own Hobbit Party! Check it out here:
2. Assistant To The Itinerant Wizard
I don’t know if it’s the TikTok algorithm just knowing I’ll love this content, but here’s another Lord of The Rings and The Office crossover meme I enjoyed recently:
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3. A long time ago in a hole in the ground far far away…
@adamjmiddleton shared a personal project on the app formerly known as Twitter that I loved and had to share. “I wanted to reimagine Bag End (Bilbo’s house in Lord of the Rings) in a Star Wars design style,” he wrote. Here’s what he came up with:
4. Return of the Kitten
My 3-year-old has not seen any of the LOTR films or movies, BUT he couldn’t get enough of this photo of cats dressed up like Hobbits I saw again recently, so I had to share:
5. New LOTR Video Game: Tales of the Shire
“Your cosy Hobbit life awaits,” read the social media posts sharing the teaser trailer announcing “a heart-warming new The Lord of the Rings™ game” earlier this week. Tales of the Shire is from Private Division & Wētā Workshop and coming to PC and consoles 2024.
I have SO MANY questions! Is this a LOTR version of Animal Crossing?? Will I get to either play as or encounter Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Pippin, and Merry? Does it come in pints? What about second trailer?? Just exactly how long until we get our hands on this??
Check out the teaser trailer for yourself here:
Questions for the comments:
which of this month’s Tolkien Treasures did you enjoy the most?
have you ever hosted or attended a hobbit-themed party?
what’s a Lord of the Rings video game that you’d love to see in the future?
what is something you’ve been enjoying this month?
What Jokien with Tolkien: Extended Edition Members Got This Month
This month paid subscribers to Jokien with Tolkien: Extended Edition got another exclusive essay with a topic that they voted on: the theme of stars in Middle-earth in Tolkien’s legendarium. This one went from The Lord of the Rings all the way to the creation of Arda and back again to Lord of the Rings:
Additionally, this week paid subscribers got another edition of “There and Back Again” a recurring feature where I share some of what I’m reading and enjoying lately each month.
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Today is the last day that you can get 20% off for a year through my Hobbit Day sale!
Hobbit Day Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Timothy B, who was the winner of my Hobbit Day Giveaway of the deluxe edition of The Hobbit: Illustrated by the Author! I’ve gotten in touch with Timothy already and have sent the prize his way.
You might not have won this giveaway, reader, but know that I’ll be sure to do more in the future (I don’t know about you, but I’m enjoying them!) and also know that if you’d like to get a standard edition of The Hobbit: Illustrated by the Author, it’s on sale right now1 on Amazon for just $45 and Blackwell’s UK for under $40 (the cheapest I’ve seen it since it was announced!)
There we have it, my Tolkien Treasures for September. Farewell, friends. Go towards goodness!
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Prices accurate as of September 27, 2023 when I wrote this newsletter
The deluxe edition will likely be released in the United States sometime in 2024. For now, you have to buy it from Blackwell’s or somewhere similar