Finding Tolkien In Nature…


*WARNING*  This post contains serious geek content.  [^_^]

I’m a massive fan of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  I’m a massive fan of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of LOTR and I’m sure, when I get the chance to see The Hobbit, I’ll be a massive fan of that as well.

As such a huge Tolkien fan, and a huge fan of the fantasy genre of books and film in general, I find myself often imagining that I’m wandering through different worlds when I’m out hiking.  That may sound kind of juvenile, but I like to think of it more as my creative mind running free.

Let me give you an example.  Last month, I went hiking at one of my favorite places, Quoddy Head State Park.  I’m sure many of you who follow my little ramblings have heard of this place and my affection for it.  Well, on this most recent visit, while I was watching a squirrel run up and down a tree in what I think was an attempt to intimidate me, I noticed a little knoll in the moss at the base of some trees nearby.  The first thing that popped into my head when I saw this little knoll and the shape of it, was…Hobbit house!!!

Hobbit House!

I’m pretty sure most people would look at this and just see a little bump in the moss, but not my fantastical brain!  I can see all the little Hobbits plodding along, heading home for second breakfast, elevensies, and afternoon tea!

Keep your eyes, and your minds open, folks.  And let your imagination run wild as often as you can!

Until next time…




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