#BookSnapSunday – The Tolkien Shelf


One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

Covid 19 has played havoc with our schedules and goals for 2020. At the beginning of the year we thought we had our routines and schedules sorted for this year to cover all our bases – study, Dan, reading, even blogging. But the Covid 19 restrictions, social distancing requirements and associated anxieties and disruptions have thrown a spanner in the works. Schedules and lists have been thrown out the window and we live in a state of chaos.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

March 25th was Tolkien Reading Day and I had hoped to have a Tolkien themed blog organised for the occasion. It didn’t happen but you can read about the day at Pages Unbound.  As you can see from the book snap above, I am a lover of Tolkien. I have a whole shelf devoted to Tolkien – with room for more. Let’s start with the two main texts – The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (favourite book of all time!)

Then there are the extra books that provide a wealth of background information, history and stories from Middle Earth. Confession – when I decide it’s time to reread The Lord of the Rings, I am a stickler for chronology. I have to start at the beginning – the very beginning, which means there are a number of books to get through before I even get to The Lord of the Rings. I especially like the editions illustrated by Alan Lee.

Every serious Tolkien lover needs a book of maps.


And then there are the books about Tolkien himself.


And then there are the movies – extended versions of course. We have watched them so many times we are already on our second set of The Lord of the Rings. We wore out the first set, which I still have because I really love the covers.

And then there is the Lego – let’s just not go there.

So, yeah, probably qualify as a Tolkien Nerd. If you’re wondering whether you might be one too, check out this blog post by Nandini about the 10 Signs You’re a Tolkien Nerd. For the record, I scored 8 out of 10…just need to find out my elvish name…

Why do I love The Lord of the Rings and all things Tolkien? Perhaps it’s the sheer wealth of detail about the cultures, languages and histories of all the characters and peoples of Middle Earth. Perhaps it’s because it’s such an epic tale that I can be transported to a different place and a story so much bigger than myself. Perhaps it’s because I am inspired to believe that…

There’s some good in this world…and it’s worth fighting for.

and that

Even the smallest person can change the course of history.

and when it comes to the end of all things

Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it …White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

Happy Reading!







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