02 December 2016

NEW Palantir Locket from Badali Jewelry!

Badali Jewelry has just released their newest Lord of the Rings themed creation: the Palantir Locket! This is by far one of the most exciting and unique Tolkien-inspired pieces I've ever seen, and I can't wait to get my hands on one of these babies!

Inspired by the fantasy classic, The Lord of the Rings™ by JRR Tolkien, the Badali Jewelry artists have designed and created The Palantir™ Locket.  The Palantir pendant is carefully handcrafted one at a time in your choice of white bronze, dark bronze, yellow bronze or antiqued bronze.  Each locket is carefully hand finished and inspected for the highest quality by our staff.  The Palantir Locket is officially licensed jewelry design with Middle-earth Enterprises as The Lord of the Rings jewelry.

The locket holds the Palantir, one of the Seeing-stones of Middle-earth™.  Palantiri™ were used by the Dúnedain™ to gather information and to communicate over long distances.  Over time, most of the Palantiri were lost, but the Orthanc-stone™ was found and used by Saruman™ while he resided in the Tower of Orthanc™.  Eventually he made contact with the Ithil-stone™, the Palantir controlled by Sauron™.  Thus began Saruman's descent into the Dark Lord's sway.  The Palantir locket holds the Orthanc-stone, a 20 mm (just over 3/4") transparent black glass sphere.  The locket is hinged so that it can open and close and the Seeing-stone can be removed.

The Badali Jewelry artists were inspired by the Tower of Orthanc when designing the locket.  Orthanc was made of hard, gleaming black stone and was composed of four, many-sided columns of rock joined together.  The columns rose to a height of 500 feet and then forked into four sharp pinnacles.  A platform was built between the pinnacles, the very platform where Gandalf® was held captive while Saruman's prisoner during the War of The Ring™.  The platform was covered by small roof of polished stone carved with astronomical signs.  The Palantir Locket features those symbols representing stars, planets or important constellations of Middle-earth.

For more details/specifications or to order your own Palantir Locket, head on over to BadaliJewelry.com!

16 November 2016

2016 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

The holidays are fast approaching! Not sure what to get the Tolkien fan in your life? (Or maybe you're looking to treat yourself to something special this year?) Here are some ideas for every budget!

Under $15

Barnes & Noble

MillionaireFabric on Etsy





  • The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion from Easton Press ($370)
  • The Return of the Shadow, The Treason of Isengard, The War of the Ring, and The End of the Third Age from Easton Press ($396)
  • Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Blu-ray + DVD, available at Amazon/Target/Walmart ($499.96)

Still feeling stumped? Some online places worth checking out are AbeBooks, HobbitShop, Etsy, and ebay! Other retailers which usually offer some sort of Tolkien-related merchandise include Barnes & Noble, FYE, Books-A-Million, Bullmoose, Borders, Hot Topic, and Newbury Comics!

07 November 2016

Now Available from HarperCollins: 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun'

First published in 1945 in The Welsh Review, Tolkien's 506-verse poem 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun' is now available in its own volume for just £16.99.

From HarperCollins:
Unavailable for more than 70 years, this early but important work is published for the first time with Tolkien’s ‘Corrigan’ poems and other supporting material, including a prefatory note by Christopher Tolkien.

Set In Britain’s land beyond the seas’ during the Age of Chivalry, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady (the Aotrou’ and Itroun’ of the title) and the tragedy that befalls them when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy. When the potion succeeds and Itroun bears twins, the corrigan returns seeking her fee, and Aotrou is forced to choose between betraying his marriage and losing his life.

Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien’s imagination, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, together with the two shorter Corrigan’ poems that lead up to it and which are also included, was the outcome of a comparatively short but intense period in Tolkien's life when he was deeply engaged with Celtic, and particularly Breton, myth and legend.

Originally written in 1930 and long out of print, this early but seminal work is an important addition to the non-Middle-earth portion of his canon and should be set alongside Tolkien’s other retellings of myth and legend, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrn, The Fall of Arthur and The Story of Kullervo. Like these works, it belongs to a small but important corpus of his ventures into real-world’ mythologies, each of which in its own way would be a formative influence on his own legendarium.

28 October 2016

NEW From Easton Press: Tolkien's "Kullervo"

0831b2a6-50ba-43c7-90eb-0e63bbd3b67a_400_0If you're on Facebook and other forms of social media, you've likely seen the advertisements for The Easton Press' gorgeous leather-bound copies of J.R.R. Tolkien's popular books – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the Lost Tales of Middle-earth.

Joining their ranks and now available to order is Tolkien's most recent posthumous publication, The Story of Kullervo. For three monthly installments of $33, you can add this gorgeous volume to your Tolkien collection!

You can view all of The Easton Press' available Tolkien titles at EastonPress.com!
Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. "Hapless Kullervo," as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.

Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates. 

Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was "the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own," and was "a major matter in the legends of the First Age." Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the Kalevala, The Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
-You can buy the standard edition from $11.99-$16.00 via Amazon


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