MERCHANDISE MONDAY | My New Zealand Tolkien Haul

It has been a while since we did a Merchandise Monday, so there is a lot to catch up with! For those who don’t know, I’ve been to New Zealand from mid-October 2016 until end of December 2016. Of course, I’ve visited Hobbiton, Weta Workshop and other Middle-earth related movie locations. Also, of course, I’ve added stuff to my Tolkien collection because obviously. Duh.

However, I’m rather proud with myself because I managed to keep my haul to a minImum…..unlike my first trip to New Zealand in 2009 where I bought, what felt like, half the Shire.

My Mini New Zealand Tolkien Haul

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‘No Admittance’ Sign Replica

You have no idea for how long I wanted that ‘No Admittance’ sign. Ever since I watched The Fellowship of the Rings in cinemas in 2001, I wanted to own a replica of it! Now, I’m a very proud owner of one. I framed it and put it up on my wall alongside other Middle-earth related images near my Tolkien collection. With a cost of 20 NZ dollar, it was, in fact, the most expensive souvenir purchase I made in New Zealand.

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Map

Now, this was not a purchase, but rather part of the Hobbiton Movie Tours ticket you get. Still, I’m loving this little map of Hobbiton so much. It is such a lovely, but unexpected, treat. Part of me wants to frame it, the other part of me is too frightened to do it.

Hobbiton Movie Set Key chain & Postcard

Ok, now you’d think “She has been to Hobbiton and all she got was a key chain and a postcard?!” Don’t get me wrong, there were countless amazing things available at the Hobbiton souvenir store. In fact, there were so many amazing things that I was overwhelmed and couldn’t decide and ended up running through the store aimlessly, but excited. Also, my time was running out (the tour bus was leaving soon), so I had to settle for something quick.

A Dwarven coin from Smaug’s hoard from Weta Workshop

When I went to Weta Workshop, I faced the same dilemma as in Hobbiton. There were so many amazing things in the souvenir shop that I was too overwhelmed to get something fancy and ended up buying something small and simple. Still, I truly love that coin!

So, how’s your Tolkien collection going? Anything new or exciting you added in the recent past? Also, if you could go to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Weta Workshop, what would you get? Leave a comment down below!


Merchandise Monday | Evenstar Necklace

Tolkien Week 2016 has begun, so it seemed only fitting to share a piece of of merchandise from my Tolkien collection!


I very much identify as a hobbit, so unlike many girls, I never had a deep desire for Arwen’s Evenstar necklace from The Lord of the Rings. It was never something I would have purchased for myself. Then I received a subscription box with an Evenstar necklace, and I fell in love!

The first week I had it, I wore it every day, and I still wear it quite often. I love getting comments from fellow fans on my daily travels, but my favorite thing is watching the sparkles on ceilings and walls when the light hits the crystals just right.

Have you ever received a geeky gift that you never even realized you wanted? Share your story in the comments!

To see our previous Merchandise Monday items, check out our Merchandise Monday Category!

Let’s Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day!

Every year on March 25th, Tolkien fans around the world celebrate Tolkien Reading Day. The Tolkien Society organises Tolkien Reading Day since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages

Now why March 25th you may ask?

The 25th of March is the date of the downfall of the Lord of the Rings (Sauron) and the fall of Barad-dûr.

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See more of Alice’s photos on her Instagram account

Today, I’ll re-read my favourite passages from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, eat like a Hobbit and play some Lord of the Rings Online where I’ll explore the Shire with my Hobbit hunter.

What about you? How are you going to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day? Do you have any other favourite geeky holiday? Leave us a comment!

January Nerdy Book Challenge Recap

Throughout January, I’ve participated in an Instagram book challenge. Alexis from @dropandgivemenerdy created the #nerdybookchallenge for January. It was so much fun that I’ve decided to share with you my top 10 posts.

If you want to see all prompts of #nerdybookchallenge, go and visit Alexis’ instagram account!

Top Left: Day 2 – Because of this book, I…
Top Right: Day 6 – Admirable author.
Bottom Left: Day 8 – Vintage book illustration
Bottom Right: Day 10 – Favourite section of your bookshelf

Top Left: Day 18 – Fandomonium
Top Right: Day 21 – Multiple copies
Bottom Left: Day 22 – Heroes
Bottom Right: Day 25 – Nerdy bookmark

Left: Day 28 – Bookish tattoo
Right: Day 29 – Most quoted book

I’ve posted a great variety of books throughout the challenge, but with the exception of one post, all my most-liked images were Tolkien related. Yes, of course this fact makes me very happy.

If you’re interested in my other posts, go and check out my Instagram account!

Have you participated in this challenge? Do you know an upcoming Instagram book challenge I need to know about? Leave a comment down below!

Merchandise Monday | Shire Necklace

I felt like it would catch any of our loyal readers off-guard if I didn’t share another Tolkien item for Merchandise Monday! If you missed any of our recent items from Middle-earth, here are some handy links for you:

Alice – Merchandise Monday | Legolas-s-s

Maria – Merchandise Monday | Herugrim Letter Opener

Lily – Merchandise Monday | Samwise Painting by Joe Gilronan

Today, I’m featuring a Christmas present I received from Valdis at Middle-earth News. Last year, her theme for the presents she gave the news team was jewelry specifically chosen based on our interests. Knowing that I’m a hobbit at heart, she picked a necklace with a piece of a map of the Shire so that I could always find my way home.


I’ve received many compliments on this necklace, and I’m always glad to see people know the reference! I always make sure I wear it on important occasions like Hobbit Day, Tolkien Reading Day, and movie marathons.

What piece of a Middle-earth map would make the most sense for you? Share your second home in the comments below!