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Seeking advice for custom embroidery

For my boyfriend's birthday in three months, I have a very specific gift in mind: black silk pajamas with a large embroidered Tree of Gondor on the back. I'm clueless about embroidery. Is this doable within a reasonable (say, under $200) budget? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen on Aug 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Tom Bombadil is an ancient god beyond Gandalf's understanding.

I just finished re-reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the third or fourth time. I'll probably read it a couple more times before I die, at least one of which I'd like to share with a kid. What I'd like is "trivia" (broadly defined) that makes one think, or enriches one's appreciation of the mythos--from a purely textual perspective. Specific examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 7, 2014 - 69 answers

Do elves make pie?

Tolkien elves, I mean... not, like, Keebler elves. Do they, at any point in Tolkien's works, make or eat pie? And if so, what kind of pie? [more inside]
posted by Nibbly Fang on Jun 4, 2013 - 23 answers

Yes, they do need their legs

Maggoty Bread that even an Uruk-Hai would love? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Nov 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Help with Lord of the Rings Murder Mystery?

So I'm writing a LoTR murder mystery dinner game and I need your help. The murder victim of the night will be Frodo, and I could use ideas for (a) good, juicy reasons why each of my player-characters might want to kill Frodo as well as (b) other fun mini-plots between the other characters. [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Nov 2, 2012 - 8 answers

How old was your child when the read the Lord of the Rings?

How old was your child when they first read (or were read) "Lord of the Rings?" [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Apr 10, 2012 - 51 answers

Was there a 1980s live-action adaptation of the Lord of the Rings?

Before Peter Jackson, was there another live action Lord of the Rings film attempt? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Nov 24, 2011 - 8 answers

LOTR epilogue available online?

Is the text of the unpublished epilogue to the Lord of the Rings available online? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Sep 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Hanging out with Dumbledore and Gandalf

I want to read all of the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings books. How do I go about this so I can maximize my experience? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Jul 21, 2011 - 34 answers

Dramatized audio suggestions?

I'm finding the BBC Radio 1980s dramatization of The Lord of the Rings to be a very satisfying soundtrack for exercising... but I'm already almost halfway through it... [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Jun 7, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me plan my 11-year-old son's Lord of the Rings party!

My 11 year old son wants a LOTR themed birthday party. I'm ashamed to admit this, but have never watched all three movies. He's much more knowledgeable about all things LOTR than I. Help!! We've had a tough year, and I truly want to make this party a blast for him. (One party to rule them all, as he says!) [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Feb 6, 2010 - 47 answers

"Take the heart of me?" You can just say, "my heart."

In Return of the King, Aragorn says: "I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me." What precisely does he mean by this? My confusion is with the phrase "take the heart of me." Is this a standard idiom?
posted by Busoni on Jul 15, 2009 - 15 answers

Is it safe? Good...how about now?

Dramatically intoned, repeated uses of the phrase Is it safe? in movies...more inside. [more inside]
posted by cps on Dec 3, 2006 - 14 answers

Any Anglo-Saxon influences in Lord of the Rings?

Help me find a well-written article explaining the Anglo-Saxon roots/influences found in The Lord of the Rings. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher on Nov 16, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me find books that are made as nicely as they're written.

BookBindingFilter: I greatly enjoyed reading this edition of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Some of the enjoyment was doubtless due to Tolkien's deathless prose, but I was surprised to find myself also enjoying handling, looking at, poring over a really beautifully crafted edition, with careful binding, stuck-together pages, a little built-in bookmark, etc.

Can anyone suggest other books I might like for these same reasons? Genre's not important; I'm a cheerful omnilege.
posted by ikkyu2 on Jan 23, 2005 - 24 answers

How precious is a first edition Lord of the Rings?

I just came into possession of a first edition Lord of the Rings, I want to sell, and I have no idea what I'm doing. Advice appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Pretty_Generic on Jan 4, 2005 - 18 answers

Best (dinner) food for a LOTR Marathon?

LOTR Marathon and Dinner. Suggestions for food? [MI] [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Dec 14, 2004 - 24 answers

What was the issue that Sean Austin was highlighting when LotR won at The Screen Actor's Guild?

Can anyone explain the issue that Sean Austin was highlighting when LotR won at The Screen Actor's Guild? I only caught the last half hour and missed what Tim Robbins said before.
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 23, 2004 - 5 answers

Gay Hobbits

Yes, this is a dumb question, but here goes:

Is there anything I can do to convince my son that the hobbits in LOTR are not gay? (Not meant to slam gay mefites, but I doubt gay hobbits would be true to the books. Besides, he's sure he's right and I like to prove him wrong occasionally.)
posted by konolia on Dec 29, 2003 - 67 answers

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