Merchandise Monday #34

It’s Freedom Day here in South Africa; lets celebrate with some Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit merchandise!

Legolas Action Figure

Legolas Action Figure

Everybody loves Legolas right? I have 2 Legolas action figures. This is the more recent (less detailed) one from The Hobbit.

Legolas Back of Box

Legolas Back of Box

The other action figure of Legolas i got about 11 years ago; and he’s not in the box. It’s the Helms Deep version of his character. I’ll blog about it on a future Monday. What is your favorite Legolas quote or scene? Lets not all choose the killing of the Mumakil… 😎

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Superimpose Saturday #8

This superimpose Saturday is all for the latest Lord of the Rings video game: Shadow of Mordor:

Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor

I have not bought the game yet, but i sure will – in the near future. Hey look! It’s Gollum! Up to his old tricks again i’ll imagine.

Has anyone played the game? What are your thoughts?

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Merchandise Monday #13

Are you looking forward to the final installment of The Hobbit? I am! Here is my Thorin Oakenshield action figure; still in the box:

Thorin Oakenshield

Thorin Oakenshield

As you know; Thorin is currently leading his company of Dwarves to take back what is his – Erebor (The Lonely Mountain) and all the treasure therein:

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

The greatest treasure to be found in the current lair of Smaug is the Arkenstone (the heart of the mountain). The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens from the 12th of December this year – see you there!

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Merchandise Monday #11

Today’s merchandise Monday features my Lord of the Rings Risk. I love it when traditional games come out with custom fandom versions:

Lord of the Rings Risk

Lord of the Rings Risk

Of course the playing board is a map of Middle Earth:

Middle Earth board Map

Middle Earth board Map

The playing board map does not only demarcate areas by names, but it shows you landmark images of where everything appears in the context of the actual story. Here is an example using the Mordor region:

Demarcated Landmarks

Demarcated Landmarks

You can have 4 players. 2 players will represent the army of Mordor/Isengard etc.; and 2 players will represent the army of Gondor/Rohan:

Playing Pieces

Playing Pieces

So who wants to play with/against me? 🙂

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Sweet Tooth

Do you have a sweet tooth? Me too 🙂 check out these cool custom lollipops:

Sweet Tooth lollipops.

Nebulae & Solar System lollies – Sweet Tooth

Some are 3D; others are 2D. Above are 3D lollipop depictions of different nebulae and solar systems/planets.

If that doesn’t tickle your sweet tooth then check these out:

Sweet Tooth lollipops.

Batman & Zombie lollipops – Sweet Tooth

Batman lollies; and zombie apocalypse lollies! So cool; i might not even eat these, but rather keep them as art.

Oh here we go… The website selling these marshmallows said they were decorated with cat/creature eyes. All i see is a kaleidoscope of ‘The Eye of Sauron.’ Oh and skull shaped lollies:

Sweet Tooth lollipops.

‘Eye’ marshmallows & skull lollipops – Sweet Tooth

 

How do you satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out the link below to buy your own:

Sweet Tooth Store

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The Mewlips

You need to read this poem (The Mewlips) by J.R.R Tolkien. My love for Tolkien’s worlds & creatures was introduced by the discovery of this poem when i was about 9. I derived such vivid imagery from this horror poem that i never forgot it. The Mewlips are similar to Tolkien’s barrow wights. They are phantom creatures that waylay travelers on their journeys:

The Mewlips

The Shadows where the Mewlips dwell
Are dark and wet as ink,
And slow and softly rings their bell,
As in the slime you sink.

You sink into the slime, who dare
To knock upon their door,
While down the grinning gargoyles stare
And noisome waters pour.

Beside the rotting river-strand
The drooping willows weep,
And gloomily the gorcrows stand
Croaking in their sleep.

Over the Merlock Mountains a long and weary way,
In a mouldy valley where the trees are grey,
By a dark pool’s borders without wind or tide,
Moonless and sunless, the Mewlips hide.

The cellars where the Mewlips sit
Are deep and dank and cold
With single sickly candle lit;
And there they count their gold.

Their walls are wet, their ceilings drip;
Their feet upon the floor
Go softly with a squish-flap-flip,
As they sidle to the door.

They peep out slyly; through a crack
Their feeling fingers creep,
And when they’ve finished, in a sack
Your bones they take to keep.

Beyond the Merlock Mountains, a long and lonely road,
Through the spider-shadows and the marsh of Tode,
And through the wood of hanging trees and gallows-weed,
You go to find the Mewlips – and the Mewlips feed.

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None of the locations in the poem actually appear anywhere on Tolkien’s maps. So, what is your favorite poem that unlocked new worlds for you?

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