Lord of the Rings Tile Coasters

LOTR-FellowshipoftheRing-coasters-3What do you do after you make coasters from pages of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?  Why, you make coasters out of pages from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, of course!  My idea to make coasters using book pages actually came about because I was trying to figure out something to do for my sister Katelyn in response to the awesome LOTR candles she made me for my birthday last year.  I found a ‘gently used’ soft-cover copy of Fellowship at the flea market and set about trying to find quotes or scenes that I loved and wanted to immortalize on tile with Antique Mod Podge.

Click the thumbnails to enlarge if you want to see any of them up close.  The selections I chose were:

  1. The first page of the opening chapter – Just like with the Harry Potter coasters, I wanted to include the beginning of the book with its first sentence: “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”
  2. I had to include the famous verse of Elven-lore, the penultimate line which appears on the ring itself: “One Ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.”
  3. The title page to the chapter “Strider” was included for sentimental reasons.  Our family dog growing up was named Strider after Aragorn’s pseudonym.
  4. I love the verse that Gandalf writes to Frodo and wanted to make sure it was included on the coasters: “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost…”
  5. Next up, I used the scene between Frodo and Bilbo at Rivendell where they’re discussing adventures and what Bilbo has been up to since leaving the Shire.
  6. The sixth coaster has the exert from the council that decides who will be accompanying Frodo to Mordor to bring destroy the Ring: “The Company of the Ring shall be Nine; and the Nine Walkers shall be set against the Nine Riders that are evil, With you and your faithful servant, Galdalf will go; for this shall be his great task, and maybe the end of his labours.”
  7. The famous Balrog scene is next, including “You cannot pass!” and “Fly, you fools!”
  8. Lord Celeborn and Lady Galadriel welcoming the remaining Fellowship members to Lothlorien is featured on the final coaster.

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