The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is older than my parents.
In a week’s time, on the 29th of July, it’s not only my best friend’s birthday *waves* but it marks the date that in 1954 the Fellowship of the Ring was first published. Imagine if that hadn’t happened. Just imagine. You can’t do it, can you?
Didn’t think so.
I can’t quite believe it’s been so long. You’re probably thinking ‘but it’s only 63 years, Anjali. That’s not a big anniversary’. And you’d be right, but I feel like any anniversary for The Lord of The Rings is a big one, because it’s Lord of the Rings. Amiright?!
So while it’s not a 50th or a 75th, it’s still a big day, because without it
New Zealand Would Still Be Unknown we wouldn’t have had the epic story of Frodo and the ring, nor his best friend Sam (who, let’s face it, is really the hero of the entire story), or the return of a King to his Kingdom, or Legolas’ one-liners, or Gimli trying to run. We wouldn’t have Merry and Pippin hanging out with a forest, Arwin choosing love over eternal life because Aragon is her life, or Eowyn rocking her kick-ass Nazgûl killing skills, we journey back home to Hobbiton… and we wouldn’t have the beautiful story Tolkien so wonderfully gifted us.
To celebrate, I thought I’d put together this collection of awesome Lord of the Rings inspired gifts and bits-and-bobs you can find around the internet. Links to all the products are below. Enjoy, and remember to keep your feet; there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.