On Hobbits and Tolkien…

In a hole in the ground, lived a Hobbit…

Yesterday, Boothbait and I went on an adventure to the Big City (NYC) and visited the Tolkien exhibition at the Morgan Library. This is a collection of artwork, notes, and manuscripts from J.R.R. Tolkien, brought here by the Morgan through the Bodleian Library and the Tolkien estate.

It was, in a word, Amazing.

In case you don’t already know, I love The Hobbit. I re-read it almost annually. This book was an escape for me while I was growing up. No matter what was going on in real life, I knew I could open up my book and Bilbo would be there, waiting for me.

To be in the same room as the original artwork? I never thought it possible. To have a bag I made from the original artwork in a photo with the original artwork? The possibility was inconceivable to me. But it happened.

The photo (even though there was a lady in the room yelling “NO PICTURES” lol):


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once-in-a-lifetime experience, once-in-a-lifetime photo <3

There were also drinks with friends at the Algonquin Hotel, a super cool Japanese stationery store, and an amazing pastrami reuben. All in all, a very good day in the city.

If you are interested in having your very own Hobbit bag, I did a little inventory and found that I have a few cuts available – go here to see what I have!



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