In the realm of epic fantasy literature, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings book series is king. The three The Lord of the Rings volumes and The Hobbit prequel are arguably the most influential works ever written in the genre of epic fantasy and have inspired countless derivative works by other writers. The books have also spawned a multi-billion dollar media franchise that includes two blockbuster movie trilogies, several animated films, a musical, two radio adaptations, and multiple video games. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies directed by Peter Jackson were especially successful, making almost $6 billion in worldwide gross combined, according to Box Office Mojo.
And while the last of those films (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies) was released last year, there’s no sign that fans’ appetite for LOTR and Hobbit-related merchandise is slowing down. In honor of this nearly 80-year old fantasy masterpiece, we have searched Middle-earth and beyond for seven of the greatest gifts that any Dwarves, Elves, Hobbits, and even Men, will treasure.
1. Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring
In case the title didn’t clue you in, rings are kind of a big deal in The Lord of the Rings. And the most important ring of them all is the One Ring created by the Dark Lord Sauron that has the power to turn its wearer invisible. Of course, Frodo lost that ring in the fiery pit of Mount Doom (along with one of his fingers and longtime frenemy Gollum). And while this replica of the One Ring doesn’t include the power to turn you invisible, it also won’t attract Orcs and Goblins. So, it’s a mixed bag.
Like the One Ring seen in the LOTR and Hobbit movies, this 18K gold-plated tungsten carbide ring features an inscription in Elvish that reads, “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Also includes a handsome walnut gift box with the same inscription on the outside and the official Weta Workshop logo on the inside. You can find the Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring here.
2. The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien
Think you know all there is to know about The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit just because you’ve read all the books and seen all the movies? Think again. Read The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien by medieval scholar and Tolkien expert Christopher Snyder to get the behind-the-scenes story behind the creation of The Lord of the Rings. In this book, Snyder explores the source materials that inspired Tolkien’s seminal works and even delves into the impact that the legendary author continues to have on the world today. A must-have book for serious fans of LOTR. You can find the hardcover edition of The Making of Middle-earth: A New Look Inside the World of J. R. R. Tolkien here.
3. Hobbit Map of Middle Earth
One of the ways that J. R. R. Tolkien made the world of Middle-earth seem so real was by including detailed background information and other supplemental material in his books. Among this supplemental material were beautifully illustrated maps that showed the complex landscape of Middle-earth. Now you can enjoy one of these beautiful maps as a piece of art, with this plaque featuring a full color map of Middle-earth. Mounted on wood, this 16 by 10 inch plaque will look great in both office cubicles and Hobbit holes. You can find the Hobbit Map of Middle Earth here.
4. Hobbit Feet Slippers
While the fantastical characters in Middle-earth include everyone from wizards to Elves, the real stars of The Lord of the Rings universe are, of course, Hobbits. And what makes Hobbits so special? Well, besides their love of second breakfast and propensity for living in rounded houses, these diminutive folk are perhaps best-known for their unusually large and hairy feet that allow them to forgo wearing shoes and walk about quietly.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to have Hobbit feet, then these Hobbit Feet Slippers are the perfect item for you. Covered with tufts of soft Hobbit hair, these slippers will allow you easily sneak past sleeping dragons — or anybody else you don’t want to wake up. You can find the Hobbit Feet Slippers here.
5. THE HOBBIT – STING Letter Opener
Known for its ability to glow blue in the presence of Orcs, Sting was the sword that kept Bilbo and Frodo safe during their adventures beyond the Shire. Now you too can wield it to keep yourself safe from evil paper cuts. This Hobbit heirloom has been further miniaturized to become the perfect weapon for slaying the seals of envelopes. And when you’re not battling junk mail, you can store Sting in its beautiful wooden display box. You can find THE HOBBIT – STING Letter Opener here.
6. The Lord of the Rings Middle-earth Map Phone Case for iPhone and Galaxy
Frodo didn’t have a cell phone, but if he ever got one, we’re pretty sure he would use this case to protect it during his adventures. Featuring a map of Middle-earth, this LOTR phone case will ensure that you never lose your bearings and accidentally end up in Mordor during any unexpected journeys. Available in both Apple iPhone and Smaug – excuse me – Samsung Galaxy versions. You can find the The Lord of the Rings Middle-earth Map Phone Case here.
7. The Lord of the Rings EXCLUSIVE “One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor” Adult T-Shirt
Boromir’s classic line in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring not only made a valid point about the difficulty of the Fellowship’s task, it also became a popular Internet meme. Remind your friends why one does not simply walk into Mordor with this t-shirt that features the classic line below a graphic of Mordor’s forbidding landscape that includes Sauron’s Great Eye and Mount Doom. You can find the The Lord of the Rings EXCLUSIVE “One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor” Adult T-Shirt here.
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