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Sep 22 2007, 2:31pm

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WINNERS NOW POSTED! - 'Show us Your Hobbit Pride' Giveaway - Celebrating 70 Years of the Hobbit!

Join as we Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of The Hobbit with a Special Giveaway! is proud to announce the winning entries into the 'Show your Hobbit Pride' Giveaway.

First and foremost - thank you to all who participated. The entries were all top-notch, and we wish we could award something to everyone who participated! Congrats to everyone who entered - it is quite apparent that Hobbit Pride truly swells here at

We'd also like to thank our sponsors Houghton Mifflin and Sideshow Collectibles. If you are familiar with either of these companies, you know the go above and beyond to support and the Tolkien community as a whole. Please make sure they know you support them for contributing to events like this giveaway.

Without further delay, we're happy to reveal our winners! The TORn staff had a very hard time picking and choosing between all of the wonderful entries, but in the end, we were able to break it down into a few categories and 17 prize winners. Congrats to all!


• Compa_mighty - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'The History of the Hobbit' Boxed Set

• pauljessup - (Read the Entry)
     - wins Sideshow Collectibles Orc Overseer Statue

• Earl - (Read the Entry)
     - wins $50 Gift Card

• hobbitlove - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'SMOG KILLS' T-Shirts

• Curious - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien'


• Yechidah - (Read the Entry)
     - wins $50 Gift Card

• Kdgard - (Read the Entry)
     - wins $50 Gift Card

• jimble12 - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'SMOG KILLS' T-Shirts

• BuckyUnderbelly - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'SMOG KILLS' T-Shirts

• Mimmi - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien'


• fourmis - (View the Entry)
     - wins 'The History of the Hobbit' Boxed Set

• annarepp - (View the Entry)
     - wins $50 Gift Card

• cannonball - (View the Entry)
     - wins 'SMOG KILLS' T-Shirts

• palantiriel - (View the Entry)
     - wins 'More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien'


• Rabittooth - (View the Entry)
     - wins $50 Gift Card

• Deenan - (View the Entry)
     - wins 'SMOG KILLS' T-Shirts


• Magpie - (Read the Entry)
     - wins 'The History of the Hobbit' Boxed Set

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If you were lucky enough to be one of our winners, please private message me via boards. You can do this by simply clicking on my name 'Calisuri' and then clicking on the button in the lower right that says 'Send Private Message.' Please send me your full name, board name, postal address, email, and phone. Please allow us 6-8 weeks to deliver your prize (hopefully sooner!)


There will be many prizes offered to the winners of our 'Hobbit Pride' giveaway. Here are just a few that we can specifically name. Expect this list to grow! And please support our sponsors by clicking on their logos above!

• (3) 'The History of The Hobbit' Boxed Sets - Includes the 70th Anniversary Edition of 'The Hobbit'
• (5) $50 Gift Cards
• (1) Sideshow Collectibles Orc Overseer Statue
• (5) 'SMOG KILLS' T-Shirts
• (3) More People's Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien

Special Thanks to:
Houghton Mifflin
Sideshow Collectibles

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Official rules are listed below. By entering this giveaway you are automatically agreeing to the Terms and Conditions of giveaway entry.


  1. Who can enter?: This Giveaway is open to all Registered Message Board internet visitors, between the dates of Sept 22nd 2007 and Oct 12th 2007 (Times based on US Eastern Time)
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(This post was edited by calisuri on Nov 6 2007, 6:14pm)


Sep 22 2007, 2:57pm

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It's not much , but here's some fan art in the form of a desktop wallpaper I did!:



Sr. Staff

Sep 22 2007, 4:55pm

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There once was a Hobbit from Nan. . .

I don't have an entry and in fact will be a judge, and I really can't wait to see what y'all come up with here.

Kudos to Calisuri and TPTB that put this thing on the message boards (a 1st) and for coming up with great prizes.

Did I mention that I can't wait to see the results?

If we live in trying times, we must be the ones who try. If the future is looking dark, we must be the ones who shine.

Registered User

Sep 23 2007, 11:59am

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Everything I needed to know, I learned from The Hobbit

I was 18 when I first pushed open the gate at Bag End. I explored all the new paths I found in the Shire and delighted at all of the inhabitants and wonderful new things I experienced. I followed Bilbo to Rivendell and stood with him on the doorstep of Smaug’s lair inside The Lonely Mountain. As I stood on the brink of the Battle of the Five Armies with the burglar, I understood how one small person can truly change the course of one world.

Now I am 50 and I still visit The Shire on a yearly basis. Just as some people make a yearly pilgrimage to the beach, I go to The Shire to visit old friends. We wander all of the old paths and share some Longbottom leaf. We take tea together at the Green Dragon and talk about how everything I needed to know about life, I learned from the Hobbit. And every year as I end my visit and close the gate to Bag End, I look forward to the next time my feet are set upon the Road that goes ever on toward the Shire.

Sr. Staff

Sep 23 2007, 9:05pm

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who was loved by a tall, western man...

When he said 'This can't be!'
She just smiled at his knee
And said, 'Take me, you fab Dunedan!'

Do I win? Wink oh no wait - I'm staff.... darnit! Oh well, I'll just look forward to seeing results too!!

'There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of my fridge...'

(This post was edited by greendragon on Sep 23 2007, 9:06pm)

Registered User

Sep 23 2007, 9:18pm

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resending entry to Hobbit Pride Giveaway

Bag End pencil drawing by Carol Knor

Registered User

Sep 24 2007, 3:11am

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King Thranduil's Halls'sHalls_1_Smal.jpg

...this is from "The Hobbit" locations series of drawings I am working on right now.

Registered User

Sep 24 2007, 12:43pm

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I have ridden the barrels and riddled in the dark.

I have ridden the barrels and riddled in the dark. I have been to the lair of Smaug and I have fought along side the Lake Men as he flew above. These are memories of mine, shared with the world through Tolkien’s words. And these are what propelled me to become a published fantasy writer.

If it was not for the Spiders of Mirkwood Forest I might just be a journalist, or (god forbid!) a writer of the mundane. Instead I spend my days traveling in cellar worlds, sword in one hand and lantern in the other,dimly illuminating the caverns around me.

Now each night I read to my children a chapter out of The Hobbit. It is a joy to watch their eyes shine when William and Tom argue over cooking the dwarves, or watching them shout in excitement when Gandalf threatens the goblin king with glamdring.

I know that some day they will sit down, typing away, writing of their own words, their own worlds, their own travels. That is what the Hobbit is- freedom from the mundane and the desire to create and explore. It is a gift of infinite adventures.

(This post was edited by pauljessup on Sep 24 2007, 12:46pm)

Registered User

Sep 24 2007, 1:39pm

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'Show The Way'

My video includes all of the Fellowship, but there is special emphasis on Hobbits... and on Biblo.

Hope it qualifies and that you like it. I added both the url and the embed code. Hope that's ok.

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(This post was edited by rakshi on Sep 24 2007, 1:47pm)

Sr. Staff

Sep 24 2007, 11:25pm

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I started to type "Nantucket" but you decided better of it

And then you go and make Nan into its own thing. How innocent of you. Thanks! Angelic

If we live in trying times, we must be the ones who try. If the future is looking dark, we must be the ones who shine.

Registered User

Sep 25 2007, 2:16am

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My hobbit pride

As a child I read a magic tale,
Of Gandalf, Thorin and Bard of Dale,
Of dungeon deep and hollow hall,
And a throne beneath a mountain tall.

The book told me of dwarves and gold,
Of dragons, maps and realms of old,
Of riddles told deep in the dark
And a bowman hitting his monstrous mark.

It was a hobbit’s tale of hidden doors,
Of spiders, buttons and goblin wars,
Of hungry trolls by the fireside,
An Elven king and a barrel ride.

And in my mind I did see
A world in which I longed to be:
Where runes appeared in clear moonlight
And eagles saved you from your plight.

Where a man could change into a bear
And a burglar sneak into a dragon’s lair,
Where birds could speak and elves did dwell
In Elrond’s magic Rivendell.

As I turned the pages of the book
I followed every step the hobbit took.
I saw him find a ring of gold
And flee from Gollum’s fearsome hold.

And though I didn’t know it then,
I’d go back into that world again
In other books, read late at night
In the pale circle of my bedside light.

Now a part of me is always there
In the world that Tolkien chose to share
And I know how much it can be worth
To have found the door to Middle Earth.

SandWitch King

Sep 25 2007, 5:52am

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Nice! {NT}


No wonder all writers want to direct: one still has to put up with a load of nonsense, but even if wearing two hats (writer and director), there is one under which one is not called a thief and then raped - David Mamet


Sep 25 2007, 11:07pm

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A hobbity little poem

There once was a hobbit named Baggins,
who trekked there and back to meet dragons.
One thirteenth the treasure
was wealth beyond measure.
(Though he'd rather stay home tipping flagons!)

He cared nothing for drawing attention.
Thought Adventure a foolish invention.
The shy little fellow
preferred his life mellow ...
but Adventure had other intentions!

His exploits were many and varied,
and often turned out to be harried.
Through war, pain and strife
he escaped with his life
... and no clue just whose jewelry he carried!


Sep 26 2007, 4:47am

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Hobbit Pride Entry.

Here's my entry, a fanart I did with Photoshop, using Martin Freeman as Bilbo. In the book we can see Bilbo with a pipe and Gandalf, one fine morning of April; Gollum sitting right next to Bilbo making him nervous while he's trying to guess a riddle; Bilbo running away from Smaug, and finally the Ring.

I hope you like it. Smile

P.S.: The pic is a bit large, it may take a while to load.

(This post was edited by Evernight on Sep 26 2007, 4:48am)

Registered User

Sep 27 2007, 4:11am

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I just had to say...

...this is brilliant!

SandWitch King

Sep 28 2007, 12:11am

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Using the hero machine, here is the start of a party of Dwarves

This isn't an official entry, but I can't believe how few people are responding to this chance to win GREAT prizes. There is a whole post with the Hero Machine in "off topic". Anybody feel free to flesh out my party here with Dwarves, a wizard or a Hobbit of your own.

No wonder all writers want to direct: one still has to put up with a load of nonsense, but even if wearing two hats (writer and director), there is one under which one is not called a thief and then raped - David Mamet


Sep 28 2007, 1:55am

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In Reply To
...this is brilliant!

Thanks! Smile

I've seen some of your work and it's awesome!!!

If only I could draw like that...

(This post was edited by Evernight on Sep 28 2007, 1:57am)

Registered User

Sep 28 2007, 9:10pm

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My Hobbit Pride Entry

There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale”
Tells of Bilbo's adventures on trail
To the Lonely Mountain
To face Smaug the dragon
In the East near the Men's town of Dale.

His companions were twelve dwarves each day
And sometimes there was Gandalf the Grey.
Three trolls gave them a scare,
As did Beorn the bear,
But in Rivendell had pleasant stay.

In his Misty Mountain wanderings,
He met Gollum and puzzled out things.
Later dwarf friends set free
From Mirkwood elves, did he.
Events lead into “Lord of the Rings.”

Registered User

Sep 29 2007, 1:15am

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My Hobbit Pride Entry

Just a little something I put together in photoshop...I think it represents the 'beginning' of it all quite well...


Sep 29 2007, 7:07am

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Hobbit Pride Poem Entry

On this 70th anniversary
the time is surely ripe,
to have some tea and seedcakes
and enjoy a good full pipe.
When these times we all live in
seem so filled with wrath and ire,
how nice it is to take a break
and escape into the Shire.
For I think our world, just maybe,
might be a better place,
if human beings, like hobbits,
could be a kinder race.
So release your inner Baggins
and a little of your Tookish side;
treat your fellow beings with kindness and respect,
and show them all your Hobbit Pride!


Sep 30 2007, 11:15am

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Okay, I'll bite. Here's my entry.

The ring changed everything … or did it?

Somewhere under the Misty Mountains, Bilbo Baggins goes from a quivering wet mass of useless baggage to a Burglar. Luck brings him a ring of invisibility, but what did Gollum do with it? Hide in the dark. Bilbo has luck, but he also has courage and wits – or finds them, alone in the dark.

And how much does the ring help Bilbo? The wargs and Smaug can smell him out. The ring doesn’t protect him from getting hurt in the Battle of Five Armies. The ring may hide him from the giant spiders, but it was his idea to take off the ring and taunt them in order to save his friends.

Yes, the ring helps, and Bilbo is lucky to have it. But without courage and wits, he would not have learned to rely on his luck, even to the point of tempting fate. Bilbo becomes a catalyst, an instrument of fate, a symbol of luck – after all, he was chosen for luck, the fourteenth member.

But without courage and wits, all the luck in the world would not have done Bilbo any good.

What will we do with our luck?

Aunt Dora Baggins

Sep 30 2007, 11:54am

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Darnit indeed!

This was so much fun! :-D

"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." --Terry Pratchett


Sep 30 2007, 9:31pm

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In Reply To
This isn't an official entry, but I can't believe how few people are responding to this chance to win GREAT prizes. There is a whole post with the Hero Machine in "off topic". Anybody feel free to flesh out my party here with Dwarves, a wizard or a Hobbit of your own.

Since you've given me the excuse! Tongue




Oct 1 2007, 12:13am

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One more. Wink


SandWitch King

Oct 1 2007, 5:56am

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Nicely done!

I am glad I could provide the excuse you needed. THANKS!

No wonder all writers want to direct: one still has to put up with a load of nonsense, but even if wearing two hats (writer and director), there is one under which one is not called a thief and then raped - David Mamet


Oct 1 2007, 9:26pm

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Gandalf's been working out!

And he's wearing a spandex shirt to show it off! I like it! (He could play on my fantasy football team.)

Registered User

Oct 2 2007, 4:19am

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Thank You Bilbo

Thank you Bilbo Baggins
for the leaving of the Shire,
the scary trolls, dwarfs of old
and a dragon breathing fire.

For mountains measured majesty
as eagles winged the sky
leaving wolves, their teething growls
in a forest forged by time.

For cities named by men
and battles yet to tame
Grey Wizard with a walking staff,
a Hobbits guessing game.

Thank you Bilbo Baggins
as you became my friend
for giving me the pleasure
of going "There And Back Again".

Registered User

Oct 2 2007, 3:30pm

Views: 30066
Entry for the Hobbit 70th celebration


I have never used a discussion board before, so I hope this reply actually works. I have enjoyed visiting TORN for several years and have even met some of you. I thought I would officially enter my homemade version of Frodo from the films. Although I had no idea about how to make this, I eventually did. It took a whole year. He is 2/3 hobbit size - 2-1/2 feet tall and has a bendable skeleton. I made everything from scratch - except his ring - Sauron made that... My biggest thrill was seeing Elijah Wood's reaction to it - he said it was beautiful and he signed it on the left leg! I thought this photo would be best to show the scale - tit shows myself and two Frodos. This little guy dwells in my living room with all his hobbit-sized furniture and mathoms, left to him by Bilbo. I hope I upload the photo the right way.

Thanks. Jackie Cannon
(the one who owns the 38-foot ROTK banner from the TORN auction - it is my living room wallpaper!)
Attachments: jackie_frodo_lg.jpg (35.7 KB)

Registered User

Oct 2 2007, 5:25pm

Views: 28439
Sam's Garden

Sam's Garden

His orchards were heavy with fruit juicy and sweet.
The vineyard’s nascent nectar ripe in the heat,

Vegetables of every description and kind,
Root, leaf, and stalk, seed, heart, and rind.

The children were busy with picking, peeling, and shelling.
A bounty they had for canning, pickling and jelling.
The extras the lads would cart to market for selling.

Of meats they never had reason to lack,
But t’was the earth’s dirt-born treasure on the table they’d stack.


Oct 2 2007, 7:43pm

Views: 28014

Great entries folks, but I have a question: the entries have to be about The Hobbit or can be related to the Lord of the Rings too?, I ask this because the contest is to celebrate the 70th aniversary of The Hobbit, so I thought all entries should be related to that book.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit...

White Gull

Oct 4 2007, 6:38pm

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Oh, that's beautiful.//


Forum Admin / Moderator

Oct 5 2007, 3:05am

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Well...this doesn't really qualify as an entry...

It's quite over the word limit! But in honor of the Anniversary, may I present, for your enjoyment:

On the leporine characteristics of Hobbits

Hobbits must be related to rabbits, and may possibly even be a type of rabbit.

Tolkien, of course, denied this vehemently. In Letter #24 he states, “Nor indeed was [Bilbo] like a rabbit. He was a prosperous, well-fed young bachelor of independent means. Calling him a “nassty little rabbit’ was a piece of vulgar trollery, just as ‘descendant of rats’ was a piece of dwarfish malice - deliberate insults to his size and feet, which he deeply resented.”

But was this a mere insult? Why is Bilbo constantly compared to a rabbit, throughout The Hobbit? Consider:

- Hobbits are hole-dwellers, in their natural state, as are rabbits.

- The words “hobbit” and “rabbit” have two-thirds of their letters in common.

- A rabbit-eared bandicoot is called a “Bilby”.

- From Chapter 2 of The Hobbit, “Roast Mutton”, we have the quote referred to above:
"’P'raps there are more like him round about, and we might make a pie,’ said Bert. ‘Here you, are there any more of your sort a-sneakin' in these here woods, yer nassty little rabbit,’ said he looking at the hobbit's furry feet; and he picked him up by the toes and shook him.”

Now, a Troll would have known (and eaten) many different kinds of animals; why did he select “rabbit” as his assumption, for what kind of animal Bilbo was?

- From Chapter 6, “Out of the Frying-Pan”, we have Bilbo’s actions as he tries to climb to safety, and a mention of ‘holes’:
“And Bilbo? He could not get into any tree, and was scuttling about from trunk to trunk, like a rabbit that has lost its hole and has a dog after it."

- And this one, in which he compares himself to a rabbit:
“Soon another eagle flew up. ‘The Lord of the Eagles bids you to bring your prisoners to the Great Shelf,’ he cried and was off again. The other seized Dori in his claws and flew away with him into the night leaving Bilbo all alone. He had just strength to wonder what the messenger had meant by 'prisoners,' and to begin to think of being torn up for supper like a rabbit, when his own turn came.”

- From Chapter 7, “Queer Lodgings”, it seems that the sharp-eyed eagles also see a resemblance:
"’Don't pinch!’ said his eagle. ‘You need not be frightened like a rabbit, even if you look rather like one. It is a fair morning with little wind. What is finer than flying?’”
(And these Eagles know their creatures: “But eagles have keen eyes and can see small things at a great distance. The lord of the eagles of the Misty Mountains had eyes that could look at the sun unblinking, and could see a rabbit moving on the ground a mile below even in the moonlight.”)

- From Chapter 17, “The Clouds Burst”, why is the word “rabbit” used, rather than, say, “carpet”?
"’You! You!’ cried Thorin, turning upon him and grasping him with both hands. ‘You miserable hobbit! You undersized-burglar!’ he shouted at a loss for words, and he shook poor Bilbo like a rabbit.”

- Chapter 1, “An Unexpected Party”, shows an interesting relationship between Hobbits and rabbits in sports:
“If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you will realize that this was only poetical exaggeration applied to any hobbit, even to Old Took's great-granduncle Bullroarer, who was so huge (for a hobbit) that he could, ride a horse. He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul's head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit hole, and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf invented at the same moment.”

And here is a most important piece of evidence! I had concentrated on the instances where the word “rabbit” was used; but there are other words which refer to the same creature. I now present proof, that Bilbo Baggins is, indeed, a rabbit. From Chapter 7, “Queer Lodgings”, Beorn, that being most knowledgeable in animals, states this fact:
“Next morning they were all wakened by Beorn himself.
"’So here you all are still!’ he said. He picked up the hobbit and laughed: ‘Not eaten up by Wargs or goblins or wicked bears yet I see’; and he poked Mr. Baggins' waistcoat most disrespectfully. ‘Little bunny is getting nice and fat again on bread and honey,’ he chuckled. ‘Come and have some more!’"

Now, can there be any doubt, of the rabbit-like nature of Hobbits?

In conclusion, allow me to present the American Heritage Dictionary definition: "hob’bit (hob'it) n. An imaginary creature resembling a diminutive human being, having some rabbitlike characteristics, and being naturally peace-loving, domestic, and sociable."

If it says so in the dictionary, then it's got to be true!  Wouldn't the Professor agree?

"Only I hear the stones lament them: deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago."
(Avatar pic: The Calanais stones, Isle of Lewis)

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

Tol Eressea

Oct 5 2007, 4:30am

Views: 31892
My entry. Hope you like it! (195 words)

Few things ever move us in the furthest corners of our souls. It is then and only then, that we are compelled to share, to learn more, to create and to dream.

A kiwi director once introduced me to an Oxford scholar. He was a visionary man, who left his talent, his ideas, passions and vast knowledge recorded in paper and ink. They were ready to be shared with the world, and to transcend time.

I was invited, and I honoured the invitation. Suddenly, I was transported to a magical realm called Middle Earth. It was a place where no matter where you were, whether it was a hole in the ground or great halls under a mountain, you actually believed it was real. And in many ways it was.

A life’s work has inspired many in as many different ways. It all started with a hobbit that went to a lonely mountain, and back again to the comfort of his hobbit-hole. It grew to be the greatest myth of our time.

Thank you for making us dream, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. What a way to do the best with the time you were given!

Let it be heard! We want Jackson for The Hobbit!

(This post was edited by Compa_Mighty on Oct 5 2007, 4:31am)

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An entry

Just for fun, I shortened that post to a 100-word poem, with a different conclusion:

A Hobbit’s not a rabbit, so the good Professor claims;
But in the text itself, Bilbo’s called by rabbity names!

Bert says this “nassty little rabbit” tried his purse to steal;
Bilbo feared he would be rended “like a rabbit” for a meal;

An eagle thought him a frightened rabbit just before their flight;
And he was a “rabbit that has lost its hole” when Wargs attacked at night.

Thorin shook him “like a rabbit”, and Beorn called him “little bunny”:
But would a rabbit smoke a pipe, or steal from dragons any money?

No - thus, rabbits can’t be Hobbits!

"Only I hear the stones lament them: deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago."
(Avatar pic: The Calanais stones, Isle of Lewis)

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

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Oct 7 2007, 12:19am

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Entry-barrels out of bond

Fanart, pencil drawing

(This post was edited by Rochon_Methestel on Oct 7 2007, 12:23am)

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Oct 7 2007, 5:06pm

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Poem Entry: The Death of Smaug the Golden

Circling in the night sky, Bard could see,
the shadow of the Fire Drake as it passed in the lee
of a tower destoyed. And as he stood and watched,
a thrush alighted upon his shoulder. Amazed,
he perceived that the thrush was speaking,
guiding his hand and eye to slim hope fleeting.
There upon the breast of the Worm,
lay a patch uncovered by armoured scales firm.
To this Bard guided his bow
saying, "Arrow black, bring low
this dragon and be true to me.
May the wind lend you wings to fly free."
The quivering bow did send
forth to rend,
with fated ebon dart,
the beast's beating heart.
Piercing deep through shielded skin,
to the heart the arrow did win.

A bit long. Sorry.

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Oct 8 2007, 1:55am

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Hobbit Pride Entry

I thought I'd give it a shot and submit a wallpaper. Laugh


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Oct 8 2007, 3:35pm

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Art & poetry...

Oh, thank you!!! I always thought it is much harder to write something, than to draw :)))


Oct 10 2007, 3:27am

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I present the folkdance, "In the Shire"


When I first read the categories for this competition, I knew I had nothing to contribute. None of them fit my interests or skill sets and, although I could do something just in the spirit of the event, I knew it would be quite overshadowed by the greater talents on this board. I don’t have a huge ego but I have some. So, my first reaction was, this isn’t a competition I can really enter.

But, I have been learning to think outside the box. What are my interests? Where do my talents fall? The answer came quickly. Folkdance. I have participated in a variety of British Isles folkdancing for 20 years, have taught dance for 5 or 6, and have written a dance or two. (My favorite was one done in commemoration of the year 2001 called, “Awry in the Sky or Hal Says Goodbye” to the tune of Daisy, Daisy...)

So, here is my contribution to the Hobbit Competition. I am pretty sure it breaks multiple rules. That is for you to decide. I can’t draw. I can’t write tunes. The essay subject didn’t speak to me. I dance and write dances. So here is the folkdance, In the Shire. The tune is traditional. The basic dance figures are traditional. The lyrics and dance arrangement are by me. More info on my resources at the bottom of the post.


The Dance: In the Shire
This dance was a simple dance. Simple fit the Hobbit’s approach to life. But simple also meant that children and older folk could dance along with those Hobbits in the exuberant tweens. It also meant a Hobbit that had imbibed a little too much ale could still join in. The figures were often modified to suit the individual or the couple. With a child, an adult might offer a hand rather than an elbow for Verse 3. Hobbits in love might kiss on the lips rather than the more polite air-cheek kiss. Fancy stepping might impress a young maid. Some wore bells on their shoes or around their ankles so that their steps made tinkling noises. Many maids tied ribbons around their wrists, as well.

The basic figures—dancing round in a circle, dancing shoulder to shoulder, hooking elbows and dancing round your partner, and dancing into the center and back—have survived today in both English Country Dance and Morris Dancing. Morris dancing also retains the bells and ribbons, although modern teams attach the ribbons to their legs or arms.

The tune for this dance has also survived time and was collected under the name “The Triumph” by Cecil Sharp for his book, The Compleat Dancing Master. Like many dance tunes, there were lyrics sung either during dancing or alone during parties.

Song Lyrics
Underlines mark the syllable that falls on the ‘down’ beat - like any good folk song, scanning can be tricky.
Dashes indicate a run of quick syllables

Dance Notes for each line in fancy brackets { }
Formation: Everyone finds a partner then all hold hands in a big circle. After dancing one verse with this partner, each person moves on to find a new partner to dance the next verse with.
Step: step-hop-step-hop – one step-hop notated as SH

VERSE 1 {everyone in a big circle holding hands}
Morning breakfast then e lev-en-ses
And at lunch we eat some more
With our tea we’d like some crump-ets-please
Filling up corners - not a chore
{for VERSE1: large circle moves clockwise - dancers using 16 SHs}

CHORUS 1 {partners facing each other – some looking clockwise, some looking counterclockwise}
In the Shire {Clap own hands together twice on the down beat}
In the Shire {Shake right hands with your partner twice}
In the Shire we all love to eat {giving a handshake hold with right hands, partners dance past each other and on to the next person using 4 SHs}
Every party {Clap own hands together twice on the down beat}
That we go to {Shake left hands with this new person twice}
Always makes a Hob-bit-feel-replete {giving a handshake hold with left hands, dance past this person on to the next, your new partner, using 4 SHs}


VERSE 2 {new partners (now called ‘partners’) facing each other – some looking clockwise, some looking counterclockwise}
Southern Star or p’rhaps Long bot-tom-Leaf {using 4SHs partners dance toward each other so that right shoulders come near each other}
Pipeweed tamped down in the bowl {using 4SHs each person dances backwards to place}
From a pipe that’s clamped be tween-my-teeth {using 4SHs, partners dance toward each other so that left shoulders come near each other}
Aromatic smoke rings roll {using 4SHs each person dances backwards to place}

In the Shire {Clap own hands together twice}
In the Shire {Clap your right hand with partner’s right hand twice}
In the Shire we all love to smoke {giving a handshake hold with right hands, partners dance past each other and on to the next person using 4 SHs}
Nothing gives us {Clap own hands together twice}
Greater pleasure {Clap your left hand with this person’s left hand twice}
Than to set and puff-amongst-the folk {giving a handshake hold with left hands, dance past this person on to the next, your new partner, using 4 Shs}


VERSE 3 {new partners (now called ‘partners’) facing each other – some looking clockwise, some looking counterclockwise}
Violets, Pansies, Roses, Mar-i-golds
Good tilled earth and planted seed. {using 8 SHs, partners hook right elbows and dance around each other}
The finest mushrooms ‘round, or so-we’re-told
Share a basket without greed {using 8 SHs, partners hook left elbows and dance around each other}

In the Shire {Clap own hands together twice}
In the Shire {Partners kiss right cheek twice}
In the Shire we garden with delight {giving a handshake hold with right hands, partners dance past each other and on to the next person using 4 SHs}
Every Hobbit {Clap own hands together twice}
Loves to hear that {kiss left cheek with this person twice}
Someone thinks his Garden’s looking bright {giving a handshake hold with left hands, dance past this person on to the next, your new partner. End with all in a big circle as in the beginning -- 4 SHs}


VERSE 4 {everyone in a big circle, holding hands}
Laughing, singing, dancing, hap-py-times. {Using 4SHs, everyone dances into the center of the circle}
In peace and quiet, our hearts lie. {Using 4SHs, everyone dances back from the center into the larger circle}
We might tell tales or make some merr-y-rhymes.
But from adventure we will shy. {Using 8 SHs, everyone dances into the center and back}

FINALE CHORUS {Everyone swing their new partners*}
Elves and Dragons they’re for big-ger-folk
Cabb-a-ges-and taters suit-a-Hob-bit well
No need fixin’ a thing that is-n’t-broke
In the Shire, for ev-er-we-will dwell

{swing means to take hold of your partner and twirl around in whatever manner pleases you until you are delightfully dizzy.}

The dance: circle, side, arm, date from the first published English Country Dances by John Playford in 1651. Kissing was very popular at that time. Cecil Sharpe took all the kissing out in early 1900's when he collected dances and tunes. Although the circle/side/arm configuration was common, especially in the 17th Century, the chorus part was what delineated one dance from another. I have drawn from the tradition of circle/side/arm... and the use of clapping and kissing. But the dance is original to me. It is - in to modern sensibilities - insanely easy. But it suits the theme, I think, to keep it so.

Step hops were common, especially for certain areas of the England. Although bells and ribbons are used by Morris Dancers, their use here is inspired more from writings in the LOTR than real history.

The tune: “The Triumph” is tradtional and versions are utilized for English Country Dance, Morris Dancing and Scottish Country Dance. I used the melody as heard on the recording, “The Compleat Dancing Master” by John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings. Because I had no way of conveying the melody other than through the use of this song. I uploaded an mp3 of two times through the verse and chorus to my site. CLICK HERE They are singing their own words which you will have to ignore. But the melody is strong and simple so I think you’ll get the idea.

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Oct 10 2007, 4:06am

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Tookish Wedding

" was often said that long ago one of the Took ancestors must have taken a fairy wife..."

Hello everyone! I thought I'll share one more of my Hobbit-inspired illustrations... It is based on the "fairy wife" passage from the first chapter of "The Hobbit", however, it is not really an illustration to "The Hobbit", as such an event never happened... I just thought "what if..." and started drawing :)))) Since this is not really connected to the book itself, I decided not to use the actual quote, but rather one of the Tolkien's earlier draft versions of that sentence - which I found somewhere here on theonering discussion boards... Enjoy!

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Oct 10 2007, 8:22am

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Hobbit Pride Contest "Movie Poster"

I hereby enter my beloved picture and place it in your ever-so-wise care. Keep it safe. It has been a pleasure designing it for the likes of such noble company as yourselves.
Attachments: The Hobbit.jpg (167 KB)

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Oct 10 2007, 1:24pm

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Hobbit Poem

A hobbit is nothing if not a memory
Of how we as children used to be
If only we kept things believed in then
Rolling hills and twilights dim
For in the places where once they did abide
A Nameless darkness now resides
But still we hope for days of light renewedAnd bliss to spring from where the dark once grew.

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Oct 11 2007, 4:34am

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The Hobbit Poem

In a tiny hobbit hole
There was a homely little soul.
He would meet a wizard of great stature
Who convinces him to become a treasure snatcher.
Our unlikely hero discovers many a great thing
Including a sword and a magic ring.
Into Lonely Mountain he does sneak
To steal the treasure in the keep.
Smaug takes to the sky
But an arrow forevermore stills the dragon’s cry.
A battle occurs when five armies collide
But the good guys can not be denied.
The hobbit returns home with his wizardly guide
But yearns to see more of the outside.

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Oct 11 2007, 12:41pm

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Bilbo's Birthday Present

‘Twas many-a-night since the ship had departed the Grey Havens, and on an evening, Bilbo found Frodo sitting upon the deck. There Elrond played upon his silver harp, while Galadriel softly sang; but Gandalf gazed silently into the West.

“Frodo, my lad”, Bilbo called, “I meant to give you a Birthday Present, but it slipped my mind. Anyway, I suppose it’d suit you best in the Blessed Realm.” He sat beside Frodo and gave him his mithril vest. Frodo smiled lovingly as his forgetful old uncle rested his head against his breast.

“My dear Bilbo”, he whispered suddenly, “130 years, and I have never given you a Present.” He reached into his pocket and took out the Lady’s Star-glass, but Bilbo had already nodded off to sleep. He placed it in his hands and wondered as it blazed there in the light of Eärendil’s Star, now very close to the Earth.

“I love Bilbo dearly”, he said imploringly, “I wish he becomes the most famousest of all hobbits”. The twilight lifted for a moment, the grey Ship arose, the Seas of the Bent World fell before it, and the winds of the Round Earth troubled it no more.

"Crows and Gibbets! What is the house of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires."


Oct 11 2007, 2:20pm

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More than Meets the Eye

In a hole in the ground
Past a door green and round
A grown Hobbit did live
Who was quite inactive

Though this one Halfling here
Dreamt of sword, shield, and spear
With a Tookish desire
For the dang’rous and dire

This Hobbit got his fix
Thrown in a Dwarven mix
On a burgling mission
He found his commission

Before the end can come
Lies one little mathom
He found a great, lost thing
A precious magic ring

Worn on hand he is gone
Brave Bilbo the icon
When it comes to this guy
There’s more than meets the eye


Oct 11 2007, 2:26pm

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Welcome, Lausus!

Your little ditty put me in mind of the folks in Bree saying: "give us a song, Master Hobbit!" I could see Frodo standing on the table singing your song instead of "The Man in the Moon!"

Nice touch! Stick around awhile, and feel free to give us another song.

For Gondor!

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Oct 11 2007, 5:37pm

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Wow! This is fascinating!

...and something to try at a moot, perhaps! Smile

*copies* *saves*

Thanks, Magpie!

"Only I hear the stones lament them: deep they delved us, fair they wrought us, high they builded us; but they are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago."
(Avatar pic: The Calanais stones, Isle of Lewis)

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

The Shire

Oct 11 2007, 9:07pm

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My Entry: Half The Height

Half The Height

Half the height, but not the soul
Are hobbits from the land, the Shire;
Against Nazgûl, dragon, wolf, or troll,
The Halflings fight, and so inspire
The “larger” folk to do great deeds;
Big trees may grow from smallest seeds.

Bilbo was the most well-known;
He broke the code of hobbit kind.
A Perian prince without a throne,
A rugged man, and yet refined.
By Gandalf’s will he travelled far
To places where no hobbits are.

His tales have reached the world of Men,
A journey there and back again.

Gnothi Seauton

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Oct 11 2007, 9:08pm

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My very own entry

Here is an Ent! (duh) I figure it isn't directly related to the Hobbit, but it is kinda close.... I just had a random inclination to draw one, so here you go!

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Oct 12 2007, 12:01am

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I have never written a poem before so please dont laugh. After I finished I had like 123 words so I cut out the last verse. The best verse was the one I cut out but it needed the Third verse to make sense snd of course the third needed the second and so on and so forth. Dang, writting poems isnt as easy as it sounds!

Hobbits are short for a variety of reasons
It comes by the way of very short seasons
They labor all summer, spring and fall
just to sit by the fire and drink to it all

Stubby little legs that are plumb full of power
Just so they can lift a giant pot of flowers
Pansies and daisies in a neat little row
Scarecrows and glittter to frighten the crows

A party they hold for any reason at all
Everyone comes unless thier too tall
Gayly they frolick under the giant trees
The barkeep and servers kept busy as bees


Oct 12 2007, 2:27am

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Showing pride in "The Hobbit", the professor, and all of you here.

An essay from my heart

It is right to celebrate the publishing of this special book. "The Hobbit" is special to me because it took me to Middle-earth and there I have found treasures innumerable.
I suppose the purpose of these essays is to enumerate those treasures. It would take a year! I'll tell you about one treasure.
Having observed his wife becoming more and more preoccupied with Middle-earth, that is, reading everything and anything with the slightest connection to J.R.R. Tolkien, and spending hours online with people who were doing the same thing, my husband decided he should know more about his 'rival.' Reluctantly, he picked up "The Hobbit", a 'classic', which, by the definition and the experience of his American education, would be dry and difficult.
He read. I waited. We two, best friends through 35 years of marriage, had somehow allowed an Oxford professor to come between us.
I remember clearly the day I came home and saw my spouse, bemused, pencil in hand, "The Hobbit" next to his elbow, translating Dwarvish runes onto a sheet of paper!
We travel to Middle-earth very often together now, a treasured joy, and, there we continue to find treasures innumerable.

A million thanks to all who sponsored this. I am proud to honor (even in my small way) the professor and his work.

Check out the new QTNA on Movie Discussions.

(former nick: "HobbitLoveR*M-e" among several others, briefly)


Oct 12 2007, 8:36am

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Burglar steals the lead, Wizard summons more speed!

Thanks to everyone who made this contests a reality. Too bad we can't have one for the movie studios and see who can have Peter Jackson make the Hobbit first!!!
This is my first attempt at pencil and pastels, I don't think I like pastels. It is 17"x12" I started this 2 days ago on Wednesday so I did not have time to start over. This is a scene I would like to see in the upcoming Hobbit movie. Gandalf teaching a younger Bilbo how to ride his pony bareback without a bridle as he does Shadowfax and then after Bilbo learns he takes off at a gallop challenging Gandalf to a race. Well I guess we will all have to see the movie to see who wins!!!!!Wink

A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.~Annie Besant
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole, and once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ainu Laire
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Oct 12 2007, 8:37am

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18 years and older?

2 months! 2 months! Couldn't you have waited 2 months? ;) Can you do something AFTER the New Year? ;)

*tosses drawings away and slinks back to RL, filled with work, work, and more work*

My art site
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Oct 12 2007, 9:51am

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This is really pretty!

what did you use to color it? Seeing my own things reproduced by the scanner and then put on line make them look a bit different than the original. I am not good at guessing the medium used. Good luck in the contest!

A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.~Annie Besant
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole, and once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Shire

Oct 12 2007, 4:17pm

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art entry

An art entry - based on page 70 of The Hobbit

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Oct 12 2007, 5:37pm

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The Arkenstone


Bilbo is showing the Arkenstone to Bard and the Elvenking,,
gosh its my first LOTR fanart

(This post was edited by fourmis on Oct 12 2007, 5:42pm)

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Oct 12 2007, 8:23pm

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Hobbit Pride Poem

They headed off that way
by: Aranel Skywalker

The dwarves thought Smaug
Was a big hog
For stealing all of their treasure
So they traveled to mountain (not just for pleasure)
They walked and rode and say:
Under our mountain a dragon lay!
(And headed off that way)
Through mirky-wood and shining-tree
Almost to the mountain-free!
Fighting by thief and wizard-gray:
Through darkness and mourning-day
(With help from the hobbit, if I may)
Thus adventure came to an end
The mountain was at mend.
The hobbit got many-a-thing:
Wealth and fame and a magical-ring
He went out of frying-pan and into fire:
Back home again (to the Shire!)

100 words *hyphened words count as one*
p.s.-sorry if I made a different thread, but this is the real one.

Aranel Skywalker

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Oct 12 2007, 9:57pm

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Hobbit Pride

Hobbit Pride

by Lucas Brown

A child the young age of eight,

Reading of friendship, bravery, love and hate.

I turned the pages one by one,

Reading till the dawning Sun.

I found myself unable to put it down,

Reading of Hobbiton, Rivendell and even Lake Town.

Crawling creatures and deadly dragons.

All against the poor Bilbo Baggins.

Sitting at home, sipping his tea,

An afternoon unlike any other he had dreamt to see.

Bombarded by dwarves, they gave him a test,

"Come with us!", they said, "We need help on our Quest!"

Riddles in Dark, Barrels out of Bond,

So many engrossing chapters to embark upon.

A book favored by many, no question why,

Read it, I dare you to put it down, just try..

White Gull

Oct 18 2007, 6:41pm

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Time's up!

So here's my poem. I didn't want to post it within the deadline, for I don't want it eligible. But, thank you, powers that be, for this contest! It was a great idea. (I do have hobbit pride, even though I couldn't enter the contest.)


The road goes ever on and on,
From door where it began:
Words that called from unspoiled page
”Follow, if you can.”

At brazen ringing of the bell,
Round door, we opened wide,
Never dreaming, near the mark,
What worlds we'd let inside.

Trolls and treasure, wolves and woe,
Elves and ill untold,
Secrets skulking in the dark,
Curséd courses cold.

With toils, testing, dark, despair,
All fate would unleash,
We found that hope and healing yet
Remained within belief.

Now, if long, dark’ning roads
Spill from our life's pen,
Comfort’s found within the tale,
Of "There and Back Again."


Oct 20 2007, 8:42am

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Nothing wrong with 'outside the box'

I suppose a video of some people dancing it is all that is lacking, but for those of us with a little imagination, it's simply delightful. Thanks for jumping way outside the box on this one.

Peace, Love and Rock & Roll,

The orange stripey One

Cruise to Middle earth

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Oct 26 2007, 10:54pm

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When will the winners be announced?

Will the winners be announced today? Unsure


Oct 27 2007, 2:17am

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Winners Announcement! Coming Soon

Hi All! With all the craziness of TORn's server problems last week, we failed to take the needed time to review everyone's entries. We will be delaying the announcement until Nov 2nd 2007 and winners will be announced in this thread, as well as on the TORn homepage.

Sorry for the delay!

The Mysterious Calisuri

The Shire

Oct 27 2007, 9:54am

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Jolly good

Delays are fun, keeps the excitement going for just a little bit longer!

Run you pigeon's, it's Robert Frost!


Oct 28 2007, 3:32am

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Bilbo of the Shire

I know it's too late for the contest, but I wanted to show my Hobbit pride! What a wonderful book.

Bilbo of the Shire

The road wound ever on and on
Out from his round, green door,
And Bilbo Baggins took the paths
That few had walked before.
His tale is told in song and book,
And men in every land admire
The courage and the kind, good heart
Of Bilbo of the Shire.

A wizard knocking on his door
Changed Bilbo's life for good,
And soon this former homebody
Was tromping through the woods.
He battled orcs, escaped from wargs,
Upon an eagle fled a fire,
But it was riddles in the dark
Bound Bilbo of the Shire.

An older hobbit, short in height,
He'd led a quiet life.
The only blades his small hands knew
Were shears and kitchen knife.
And yet he learned to wield the blade
Of Sting, which burned with a blue fire.
Soon Thorin's dwarves, who'd scoffed at him,
Praised Bilbo of the Shire.

He fought the spiders of Mirkwood,
Sliced through their webs with Sting.
He helped the dwarves escape the elves
By putting on his ring.
He stole into the lair of Smaug,
Helped save Dale from its burning pyre.
The Arkenstone a treaty made
By Bilbo of the Shire.

Returning home to hearth and pipe
He thought his journey done.
He settled down to write his book,
Raise cousin Drogo's son.
A happy life... and yet a shade
Attached itself by unseen wire –
A Power unleashed from where it lay
By Bilbo of the Shire.

The long-expected party came
Eleventy one years;
And feeling stretched while teasing guests –
Pop! Bilbo disappeared!
To Rivendell to see the elves
Where finally he would retire.
Just one more journey left to take
For Bilbo of the Shire.

But setting off to Rivendell
He did a fateful thing:
A deed no one else had achieved –
Bilbo gave up the ring.
Heroic deeds to others fell,
But to this one we should aspire –
To know when to let some things go...
Like Bilbo of the Shire.

Aranel Skywalker
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Oct 29 2007, 9:32pm

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--Aranel Skywalker
p.s.- I mean it!

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Oct 29 2007, 9:46pm

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why thank you!

i hope i win something
but everyones are all really good!

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Oct 29 2007, 9:49pm

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i can't believe how amazing this is!
i definatley think you'll win!
i liked it so much i printed it out and added it to a little "favorite poems" thing i have (under your name, of course).


Aranel Skywalker
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Oct 29 2007, 11:06pm

Views: 19067

thanks. i have yours printed, too!
p.s.- I think that you'ar gonna win. seriously, it's really good =)

Aranel Skywalker


Oct 30 2007, 6:27am

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What the picture really looks like now that

I have taken the time to really study the new scanner book. I used way to much DPI which exaggerated the color and changed the affect.

A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.~Annie Besant
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole, and once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nov 2 2007, 3:16pm

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The suspense is delightful

I can't wait to find out who won! There's so many good entries, I don't know how I'd choose.


Nov 2 2007, 9:30pm

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I won a $50 gift card to sideshow collectibles! Cool



Nov 2 2007, 10:53pm

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Congratulations to all those who won, I thought I was finally going to win something; alas! it didn't happen...Unsure

Thanks TORn for this great contest...

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit...

(This post was edited by Evernight on Nov 2 2007, 11:01pm)

Registered User

Nov 3 2007, 2:02am

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congratulations to everyone who won!!

i think we should do another contest.
it was fun.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Nov 3 2007, 2:24am

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Congrats to all the winners for your fine works - and I'm so happy to see particular entries among them!

I'm especially pleased with you folks for honoring Magpie's work with a "Special Recognition" - although, um, were you aware that the link to her entry takes you to Compa_Mighty's essay instead? Blush

*puts on bells* It's time to celebrate! *grabs dancers for 'In the Shire'*!

"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

Tol Eressea

Nov 3 2007, 3:58pm

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I wanted to thank the staff and Houghton Mifflin and all the community. It was a great contest, with many great entries, and I am really honored I was chosen!

This is so great! Smile

Let it be heard! We want Jackson for The Hobbit!


Nov 3 2007, 4:25pm

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Me too

I'm feel a bit overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude that the judges were willing to think outside the box with me. I will admit to waking up on Friday morning with the thought, "They're announcing the winners today." I don't know how to balance the wishing to be humble part with the jumping up and down with excitement because you all liked my offering. I let lose with the jumping up and down part with family and close friends. :-)

Thanks to for the event. It *was* fun. And thanks to the sponsors, especially Houghton Mifflin. The boxed set will go on the shelf next to the LOTR boxed set I won in the Cryptic Crossword puzzle. Now THAT was fun.


Nov 4 2007, 12:40am

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Congratulations !

I am so happy that your work was recognized and appreciated ! What wonderful news ! I also offer my congratulations to all the winners for a great job well done ! I thought everyones entries were fantastic and all who entered deserve a mighty round of applause !

Whether because Frodo was so worn by his long pains, wound of knife, and venomous sting, and sorrow, fear, and homeless wandering, or because some gift of final strength was given to him, Sam lifted Frodo with no more difficulty than if he were carrying a hobbit child pig-a-back....
Frodo opened his eyes and drew a breath....'Thank you, Sam,' he said in a cracked whisper. 'How far is there to go?' --RotK, "Mount Doom"
Formerly A'amel from days gone by.

Registered User

Nov 4 2007, 6:27pm

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Thank you!

Congratulations to all winners! I am very honored to be one of them! Thank you TORN and the wonderful sponsors for such a great contest!



Nov 5 2007, 12:02am

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Congratulations to the winners

Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated. I enjoyed reading and looking at all the entries!


Nov 5 2007, 3:47am

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Excellent entries, all!

Congratulations to all the winners!
Well done!

"I am in fact a hobbit in all but size." - J.R.R.Tolkien


Nov 7 2007, 4:41am

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Happy Winning to all the winners!!!!


A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.~Annie Besant
Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole, and once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

(This post was edited by Shadowfaxfan on Nov 7 2007, 4:42am)


Nov 7 2007, 7:40pm

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Thanks so much!

Congrats to the winners and huge thanks to TORn and all the sponsors! What a fun contest! It was a blast! Let's totally do it again sometime!

(This post was edited by BuckyUnderbelly on Nov 7 2007, 7:40pm)


Nov 7 2007, 11:10pm

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Thanks for everything!

Thanks for the contest, and thanks for TORn!


Nov 10 2007, 7:08am

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A sincere thank you.

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone at for picking my poem as one of the winning entries!! I'm very happy to receive the $50 gift certificate, but even more happy that you liked my poem! I enjoyed viewing everyone's entries, and congratulations to all the other winners. I love the creativity and the fellowship that TORN has to offer! Thanks again and best wishes.


The Shire

Nov 18 2007, 4:05pm

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Congrats & Thanks

A late congrats to all who participated (whether they won or not). There was some good, fun work produced :)

Thanks to the readers and judges for the honour of one of the winning slots.


Gnothi Seauton