Swap Package: The Hobbit
May 27, 2011 § 5 Comments
I’ve mentioned before that I participate in a Folklore & Fairy Tales group on Ravelry, and that we do seasonal package swaps, which I always love! My last package had an owl theme, inspired by my swappee’s screenname. This time, however, our seasonal discussion and knit-a-long topic was The Hobbit. As you may have noticed, Tolkien is one of my favorite things, so I enjoyed putting this package together.
My first idea for the theme of the package was for it to be a collection of the things that got left behind during Bilbo’s journey–the buttons he lost while escaping from goblins, a handkerchief he probably dropped, etc. Then things just sort of…rolled along, and before I knew it I was writing a letter under the name of Thistle Took (yes I gave myself a hobbit name, because I am cool), a hobbit historian researching the history of Bilbo’s journey in order to write a book about him, and sending some of the artifacts she’d collected to be housed in a museum of local history in the Shire.
The artifacts are:
-Bilbo’s lost buttons
-Bilbo’s lost handkerchief (embroidered with his monogram by me)
-the silver tassel from Thorin’s hood (I couldn’t find a silver tassel, so I made my own)
-a crown of elf flowers that will not fade from Rivendell (made by me)
-a copy of Thorin’s map (…printed out by me)
-a silver pony charm (I didn’t make this one, but I did make up a story about it! If you’ve read The Hobbit then you may have noticed that Bilbo and the dwarves manage to go through several sets of ponies in the course of their journey. They start out with ponies, lose them all, borrow ponies and are (wisely) compelled to return them, borrow more ponies and lose most of them–being a dwarf’s pony is not a safe position at all. Surely, I thought, people would have given the dwarves grief about their inability to keep ponies–a little gentle teasing. Surely. So I decided, and Thistle Took recorded in her letter, that among the people of Dale something that was likely to be lost or broken was often called a ‘dwarf pony’, and that charms like this one would be attached to protect whatever the object was from its fate of certain destruction. It makes perfect sense to me!)
-wooden dolls representing the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins, a popular children’s toy among the people of Dale (made by me!)
The dolls are my favorite thing. I am so happy with the way that they turned out! They’re very simple, but I think they’re very cute, and fat Bombur is so adorable that I might just die.
The dwarves can be identified by the colors of their hoods as follows:
Thorin – sky blue with a large silver tassel
Dwalin – dark green hood
Balin – red
Kili – blue
Fili – blue
Dori – purple
Nori – purple
Oin – grey
Gloin – brown
Bifur – yellow
Bofur – yellow
Bombur – pale green
Bilbo, of course, had to borrow a dark green cloak, and has no beard.