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I added a couple of bookmarks to my collection while I was at the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition; they had a huge amount of his drawings on display, which was amazing. The left bookmark is, from top to bottom, Idril's Device, Device for Lúthien Tinúviel, and Second Device for Lúthien Tinúviel, which appears on the front cover of this edition of the Silmarillion. The other bookmark is some of Tolkien's doodles, which he would draw on his newspapers; these were one of my favourite bits of the exhibition!

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Spent the day in Oxford visiting the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition! No photos inside (boo), so here's a picture of the Eagle and Child, the pub where the Inklings used to hang out. If you get the chance to go to the exhibition, it's definitely worth your while - original drawings, maps, letters and personal belongings of the man himself. Hard to choose a favourite thing, but I really loved looking at the maps with Tolkien's notes and additions all over them.

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'Thus it was that in two domains the bliss and beauty of the Elves remained still undiminished while that Age endured: in Imladris; and in Lothlórien.'


Candles by @midnightflamecandles
Discount code: DEFEND10 #midnightflamemonday

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“Bilbo saw that the moment had come when he must do something.”


I hate that moment, don't you?

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Unboxing alert! 📣 I received my first rep package from @midnightflamecandles, and just look at what was inside! 😍😍😍

#midnightflamemonday

The Lothlorien Candle, inspired by my favourite place in Middle-earth, is a beautiful pale green and smells of amaryllis, moss and enchanted woods (it's also sprinkled with petals - Elanor, perhaps?)

The Shadowfax Candle, inspired by the Lord of all Horses! This candle is a lovely soft white, scented with jasmine, vanilla and wildflower, topped with tiny wee flowers. Time to gallop across the plains of Rohan!

Thank you so much Lydia! Your candles never fail to astound and delight.

Visit @midnightflamecandles on Etsy to shop these candles and many many more. And don't forget to use my discount code DEFEND10 to get 10% off your purchase!

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I was tempted to photograph this book completely on its own, because the cover is so beautiful it doesn't really need anything else! I love how it focuses on the plants and trees, with just the outline of a tiny group of adventurers far in the background 🌳


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I've been on a little trip to Liverpool for the last few days, and it has very quickly become one of my favourite UK cities! Of course, I did a bit of book shopping while I was there; I added this pretty edition of Persuasion to my #vintageclassics collection, and I also got No Surrender by Constance Maud, which is my very first Persephone book! I'd love to have a whole shelf of their elegant grey covers.

I think many of my Insta photos at the moment are a reaction to the hot weather we're having in the UK. If, like me, you don't do well in the heat, I hope this photo will help tide you over until a crisp new autumn turns up 🍁❄

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'The air was warm. The sound of running and falling water was loud, and the evening was filled with a faint scent of trees and flowers, as if summer still lingered in Elrond's gardens.'

This Rivendell candle by @midnightflamecandles makes me wish they'd hurry up and invent smellstagram; I can just imagine this scent of waterfalls, wildflowers and starlight wafting through a window in Imladris on a summer evening! #midnightflamemonday

Be sure to check out Lydia's etsy shop @midnightflamecandles, which stocks a whole bunch of bookish soy candles just as pretty as this one, and don't forget to use my discount code DEFEND10 for 10% off!

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'Let the unseen days be. Today is more than enough.' - J. R. R. Tolkien


Happy #ShireSunday everyone! There are plenty of things I could or should be doing today, but I've decided to do nothing instead. Doing nothing is a most underrated activity. I picked up this edition of Unfinished Tales when I was combing London's second-hand book shops with @coffeecoffeecat a couple of weeks ago. I love the idea of an unfinished tale; as Tolkien says, adventures never really end, someone else always has to carry on the story.

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"If you have been touched by the demon, it’s like being touched by the back hand of God. Makes you sacred in a way, doesn’t it? Makes you unique, with a kind of glory. The glory of suffering, even. Now, here's my question. Do you really want to be normal?" - Penny Dreadful

I really should have waited until October to post this photo, but I couldn't do it (it's Samhain in our hearts all the year, anyway). Penny Dreadful is one of those shows that's so good I wish I could go back and watch it again for the first time. I love how it doesn't shy away from characters who've done bad or even unforgivable things; in fact it embraces them.

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“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” - Anne Shirley Cuthbert

Strangely enough, I never read Anne of Green Gables as a child, but I bought the audio book narrated by Mary Sarah, and it's been a delight to listen to, especially in stressful times. Then I watched 'Anne with an E' on Netflix, which is a beautiful imagining of the story. I thought it was about time I got a copy of the actual book, so I chose this stunning Puffin in Bloom edition, with artwork by Anna Bond. I might wait until the weather gets colder to read it again; for some reason it feels like an autumn/winter book to me! 🍁

P.S. The lovely speckled mug is my mum's, and I think it's by Denby ☕

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'I eat stories like grapes' - East of Eden


This is my current read, East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I bought it over a year ago because I loved the cover on this Penguin Modern Classics edition (the photo is called Apples on Tree After Frost by Eliot Porter). Then it sat on my shelf until a few days ago, when for some reason I decided to pick it up.


I've only read Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men before now, which I loved, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect from his long form writing. East of Eden is definitely a slow starter, and I was thinking of giving up on it if it hadn't got my attention by page 100 (it's 600 pages long!) but luckily, it got my attention! Now I kind of want to get hold of everything Steinbeck ever wrote, especially The Grapes of Wrath 🍇


What's your opinion of Steinbeck? Yay or nay?

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'I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.' Jane Eyre


I live for these vintage classics editions! Particularly the quotes on the back covers. Might have to get the Jane Austen set as well 😀 Of the Brontës I've only actually read Jane Eyre so far - which ones have you read?

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'I wish we could have a Stone that we could see all our friends in,' said Pippin, 'and that we could speak to them from far away.'

Feast your eyes on the amazing present that @coffeecoffeecat gave me yesterday! It's THAT edition of the Hobbit! 😂 I met up with Cat and her partner Clay while they're visiting London on their travels, and we had a lovely afternoon of fish & chips followed by book shopping (of course!).

I believe this was the first time that any of the @tolkientribe council has managed to meet in the flesh, so it was a bit of a historic occasion! However, luckily we live in a world where we all have magic stones we can talk to our friends through (hopefully without running afoul of a Dark Lord!)

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'Elvish singing is not a thing to miss, in June under the stars, not if you care for such things.' - J. R. R. Tolkien ☄


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Truly, water is become now fairer than my heart imagined, neither had my secret thought conceived the snowflake, nor in all my music was contained the falling of the rain 🌧

Happy #SilmarillionSunday 😊

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"I kill where I wish and none dare resist. I laid low the warriors of old and their like is not in the world today." 🐲

Couldn't resist taking another shot of this Folio Society edition of the Hobbit 😊 I just love the spiralling design and Smaug's little portrait! Also, check out the gorgeous thank you card I got from @tolkienfairybookmother the other day - I might have to send a thank you card to say thank you for the thank you card, if I can ever find one that lives up to its awesomeness! Truly, Tolkien people are the best people, and that includes all of you! #TokienTribe @tolkientribe

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“Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thought of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.” - Galadriel

One step at a time, everybody 👣

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Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love, and a Hard Boiled Egg! 🥚

Here's to the People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road, on this, the Glorious 25th of May #howdotheyriseup

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The lovely Lu over at @theisleofapples tagged me to do the #tellmeaboutyourself tag, which sounds like fun, so here we go!

Favourite Animal: has to be cats 🐱🐱 because they're awesome and I have two of them (Fuzz and Muppet), but I also wouldn't say no to an owl, a hedgehog or a tiny pig of some persuasion 🐷

Celebrity Crush: I honestly don't have crushes on celebrities. Now, fictional characters on the other hand...😂

Favourite City: 📣 Boring answer alert! London, my home city, is my favourite. It's genuinely awesome and you should all move here post-haste. It costs a fiver just to get out of bed in the morning, but we make do.

Favourite TV Shows: Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, Outlander, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, Handmaid's Tale, Netflix crime documentaries, classic Simpsons and Futurama.

Country I want to visit: the US (specifically New Orleans and Boston), Japan, Italy, Iceland, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand.

Era I would live in: Victorian London or maybe Anglo Saxon England, although let's be honest, medicine and feminism are kinda nice.

This was fun! Thanks for tagging me Lu! Consider yourself tagged if you're reading this and want to do it 😊

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