Tolkien Birthday Toast 2017


It is the 3rd of January, and among Tolkien fans that means only one thing: a toast on the author’s birthday is in order! Continue reading


Raising a cup of tea to Peter Jackson


In keeping with tradition, I decided to write another brief blog post in honour of Peter Jackson’s birthday.

Last year I wrote a short letter dedicated to the director, praising his work and thanking him for introducing me to cinema and Middle-earth.

In this quick post, I’d like to talk about the individual himself. Continue reading

A LoTR-themed Birthday Cake

Birthday cake 2 (header)

Middle-earth sized celebration …

So another year has passed since my last birthday and lo and behold I discovered an unusual cake waiting for me on the kitchen table.

To say that I was impressed is an understatement. I marvelled at the intricate map and the tome-sized book-cake with the memorable fonts spelling out that magical 5-worded title. Continue reading

Celebrate Tolkien’s Birthday today!


On this day, in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien was born; and with him a future that would enable millions of readers around the world to enjoy and experience the realism of Middle-earth and its inhabitants.

Much is owed to this man of humble origins who, though still firmly rooted to the ground, rose to great prominence and gave an essential contribution to the world – not only in the realms of story-telling, but also academic contributions to the English Language.
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