This is a post that may not really mean anything to you, if you are not a big fan of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. But, if you are amongst those who find themselves drawn to the Middle-Earth, well, here are some curated Lord of the Rings merchandise that will help you recreate the magic in your home.
MAP THE MIDDLE EARTH!
First things first. You need a map of Middle Earth to create an ambience. The bigger, the better! Map décor is popular anyways and adds a certain old world charm to a room. If the map belongs to Middle Earth, the charm is multiplied!
DON THE POSTERS
Posters are a quick and cost-effective way to set a theme for any space. When it comes to Lord of the Rings you have a plethora of characters to choose from! Don your walls with your favourite character, or make a gallery wall with a set of posters. There is a lot of choice indeed, so make your pick wisely.
There is a lot of choice here, though for me, nothing beats Aragon!
Little knick-knacks and accessories add a fun element to the décor. I would love to include a little bit of The Lord of the rings in my daily life through little objects!
I also love using figurines to add a little bit of drama. I would prefer the more realistic figurines as compared to caricatures. However, I must admit that some caricature figurines are quite attractive as well! you could place figurines in a showcase. You can group them together and create a little scene as well.
If you play chess, nothing like having your favourite characters on the board! Chess boards also make for beautiful displays.
For those with a more literary bent, Tolkien’s words have a magical effect. The trilogy is filled with beautiful poems and quotable quotes. Why not get them on the wall? Or, maybe in a frame?
While all these Lord of the Rings merchandise will add a bit of Middle- Earth to your home, for me, there is something else that really beats them all. If you are LEGO fan like I am, try and actually create a Lord of the Rings setting by yourself! There are numerous choices here as well.
We could go on and on. After all, wouldn’t it be real magic to recreate Middle-Earth right where you live? Now, that sounds like a good proposal!
Jane Austen…does she need any introduction? It is a truth universally acknowledged that the genius of Jane Austen stands in a league of its own. The year 2017 marks the 200th year of her death. She died in 1817, when she was but 41.
In order to commemorate her legacy, the Jane Austen’s House Museum, located in Hampshire, in the United Kingdom, has displayed a special exhibit titled “Jane Austen in 41 Objects”. This evolving exhibition tells the story of her life and legacy with reference to 41 different that were an integral part of her life, and continue to be a part of the permanent museum collection.
Bookedforlife highlights some of these objects. Let’s go back to Austen time!
This is an 1813 square piano, similar to one owned by Jane Austen whilst at Chawton. Jane Austen fans know very well that music, especially playing the piano was something that her accomplished heroines did very well. Well, Jane was an ardent piano player herself. 200 years ago, enchanting music from Jane’s piano must have enlivened her house! Jane’s father encouraged this love for music and Jane also received formal instruction in music.
This early 18th century walnut tripod table belonged to Jane Austen. This little table, quite unassuming and simple, is the one where Jane penned down all the timeless works that she is known for. The table is a part of the museum collection. It is placed in the dining parlour at Jane Austen’s House Museum. Undoubtedly, it is one of the highlights of the entire collection. Jane used to place the table by the window to get full benefit of the natural light. She wrote daily. No wonder the table is iconic. Many visitors stand by and ponder, and some of them even cry, as they see this little object. Such is its aura!
The carriage was made locally, probably for Jane’s brother, Edward. It was a convenient and cheap form of transport compared to horses. The carriage was preferable to walking since the roads were often very mucky and dirty.
This imposing and very beautiful piece of furniture was a part of Jane’s life. This George III mahogany bureau bookcase, belonged to Jane’s father, George Austen. He must have worked on this very desk, with his books all kept in the glass fronted display cabinet. The pigeon holes and small niches on the desk would have held his important documents. Jane would have watched him work here as he composed sermons, prepared lessons or wrote letters!
This is a manuscript sheet music book for piano. Music was a key part of her life, but what makes this book special is that the scores have been copied out by Jane Austen herself. She copied music onto manuscript paper with great precision. However, it is her own touch to these scores that indicates that she did not merely copy them, but also imbued something of her own voice in these.
The manuscript book is titled “Juvenile Songs & Lessons”. This is perhaps in the hand of the person who gave her the book. What is interesting though, is that underneath the title, in Austen’s own script, appears the ironic line “for young beginners who don’t know enough to practice.” Now that’s what we call the Austen touch!
No discussion of Jane Austen can end without a mention of Pride and Prejudice. Jane’s novels have been translated into numerous different languages. This book is a handwritten translation of Pride and Prejudice in Danish, made in 1904 by two Danish sisters for their mother who wanted to read the book her daughters loved so much. The beautiful transcription and the wonderful painted illustrations (copied from Charles E. Brock’s illustrated edition of Pride and Prejudice in 1895) make this object a beauty! There is embroidery on the front and back cover as well. In a sense it is heart-warming to see how the love for Austen lead to such breath-taking craftsmanship!
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Photo credits: Peter Smith for Clementi Piano, Donkey Carriage, Writing table and George Austen’s bookcase.
Jane Austen’s House Museum for Austen Family Music Book and Danish Translation of Pride and Prejudice.
On 26 June 1997, the muggle world was spellbound by a young wizard, just thirteen at that time. The Harry Potter series took the world by storm and the craze continues. As we celebrate 20 magical years of an exceptional literary work, Bookedforlife takes a look at some memorable lines from Harry Potter. As Dumbledore, from the famed series said, “Words are, in my not–so–humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic,”.
Let the magic continue through some wordy-charm. Here are our picks of quotes we love. These are interspersed with some readily available posters. Click and buy your pick. Or, better still, design your own poster with the lines that cast a spell on you!
It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live!
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
If you want to know what a man is like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.
Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.
Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.
To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.
Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
It’s quite easy and cost-effective to hand posters and frames to gently remind you of your favourite lines. However, with wall decals, you can actually entrench the quote on the wall. Here are our picks, all available on Amazon.
So, these are some memorable lines from Harry Potter. Do add in your favourtie quote in the feedback section, and spread the magic!
The first line of a novel or literary work holds great responsibility…and if it sticks in the minds of readers, it will make the book timeless for eons to come. Listing down famous opening lines is always a herculean task for any reader…how can one choose between so many good words…from so many great works? But, we’ve managed….
BookedforLife lists a few famous opening lines in literature….and why we love them…
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
2. For setting the tone for the mood to come, in a delightful mix of poetry and prose!
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
3. For its in-the-face provocativeness…especially when you know the theme of the novel.
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul” Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
4. A classic proverbial style opening!
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
5. For being disconcerting and arresting at the same time….
“Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.” Albert Camus, The Stranger
6. A lot is said…while unsaid..
“I was born in the city of Bombay…once upon a time. No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947. The time matters, too.” Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
7. Short and effective…
“It was a pleasure to burn.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
8. The quintessential beginning through all times!
“Once upon a time…”Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Grimm’s Fairy Tales
9. Introduces an element of surprise…
‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen” George Orwell,Nineteen Eighty-Four
10. It dives directly into the thematic heart!
“All children, except one, grow up”. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
11. An effective introduction despite staring with the minor characters…
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense” JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
There are many more…but these famous opening lines do teach us a bit about the art of making an entrance!