”The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
The feelings I get when I listen to Concerning Hobbits, is the feelings I wish I could have every second of the day. It puts a smile on my face when times are dark, it makes my stomach full with butterflies and can almost make me fell the warm summer air. My mind travels of to The Shire and I can see the familiar faces smile back at me. Nothing can hurt me in this state.
LOTR Illustrated Guitar by Vivian Xiao
Exquisitely detailed enough to be crafted in the forest realm of Lothlórien, this beauteous guitar was not forged by elf nor man, but by 16 year Vivian Xiao with sharpie markers! Depicting Nazgul, Minas Tirith, and even the all-seeing Eye of Sauron, this divinely-engraved instrument could surely inspire even more Led Zeppelin songs. Check put Vivian’s website for details on purchasing and commissions.
“Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out loud of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: ‘Let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring’ and they’ll say ‘Oh yes, that’s one of my favorite stories.”
J. R. R. Tolkien