Lord of the Rings Elvish Bracelet Giveaway

March 09, 2018



UPDATE: The entries closed on Friday, and today I get the honor of announcing the winner: Gabrielle Holland. I've sent you an email-- congratulations!

During the last two years of college, I would occasionally pull out my jewelry-making supplies and just tinker for a while-- a habit resulting in a bunch of lovely jewelry that never really saw the light of day. Making jewelry, you see, is calming and stress-relieving, but styling and photographing and uploading to my shop is this thing called work. Sixteen hour days full of classes and homework and freelancing and all the rest really just doesn't endear one to taking on extra work.

I've spent the last week doing inventory management-- you'll see dozens of new pieces up on my Etsy shop -- and I also found my old box of personal jewelry. 

These are some specific fandom pieces that I made for myself, and which I don't wear as often any more. I put a lot of love and care into making them and hate to see them languishing in boxes!

So I've decided to do some giveaways :) This first one is for a Lord of the Rings etched copper cuff, featuring the first two lines of "The Song of Aragorn."

"All that is gold does not glitter"

The front of the bracelet says, in Elvish writing, "All that is gold does not glitter."

(For Tolkien nerds like me out there, technically this is phonetic Tengwar script in the English mode).


"Not all those who wander are lost"
The back is the second verse, in English: "Not all those who wander are lost."

Completely handcrafted
The piece is made from a sheet of copper, which I sawed down to size. Then I drew the Elvish script and English verse on with a resist marker and etched the copper in a chemical bath (a mid of muriatic acid and peroxide) for several hours. Once the etch was deep enough, I neutralized and cleaned the copper, gave it a patina (the dark brown), polished the writing to a bright copper shine, and sealed the entire piece in jeweler's resin.

Since it is coated in resin, the copper will not turn your skin green!


The chain is adjustable, so it should be able to fit any size wrist. If you are the giveaway winner, let me know if your bracelet size is generally a small, average, or large, and I can add or remove links accordingly.

The bronze chain is attached with maroon jumprings (which I coil and cut myself)


Giveaway Details:

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. 

The basic way of entering is to simply leave a comment on this post-- I don't want to force people to follow me all over social media just in order to enter the giveaway. Please leave a comment on this post telling me a story about how Lord of the Rings has affected your life (or just who your favorite character is!). Or, leave a comment letting me know what your favorite item from my shop is, or your favorite one of my fairytale illustrations. Just leaving a comment gives you 1 entry!

Then if you want more chances of winning the giveaway, go crazy with following my work all over social media. Instagram (my main platform), YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, etc. If you are the winner I will do a quick double check that all your entries are valid. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


For this giveaway, I am willing to ship internationally. 

And since this is a thing I see quite often on giveaways, even though this specific bracelet isn't an item I sell, I'd say that this sort of bracelet is around a $50 value.

Please note that this bracelet has been worn before (by me) but that I have thoroughly cleaned it.


Here you can see the bracelet I'm giving away, next to my handpainted LOTR silk scarf and Sting, the Hobbit sword-- and if you like LOTR prop replicas check out this old post!


I'm excited to see this bracelet off to a new home! :) But I'm also excited to see some of your stories about Lord of the Rings below.

I'm finally re-reading the books myself (I'm on the Two Towers now) and the story has changed so much for me since freshman year of high school when I last read through all of them. I think I first read LotR when I was ten, because if I wanted to watch a PG-13 movie before turning 13, my parents had a rule that I had to read the books first. Back then, I only followed the basic plotline but fell head-over-heels in love with the movies. I wanted to be Arwen for Halloween when I was 13, and my mom taught me to sew so that I could have a dress. I didn't have any money to spend on Elvish headpieces and jewelry, though, but my parents bought me pliers, floral wire, and plastic pearls at Walmart. And that is the story of how I started making jewelry-- a journey which eventually turned into my little shop which helped me pay for school! I then poured over the books (and the Silmarillion, Lost Tales, etc) again and again.

Now that I'm reading the books as an adult (ohmygosh I'm a grownup now) I'm taking away something completely different. I'm becoming especially appreciative of the poetry (even if it's not all that greatly acclaimed as poetry on its own-- I love the un-self-conscious joy of simple poetry) and savoring the loving descriptions of nature and mythology.

Check back in two weeks to see who's won-- and to tune in for a second giveaway!


(Adding this to a few giveaway lists such as Blog Giveaway Directory, Living Monterossi, Julie's Freebies,)

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128 comments

  1. This is gorgeous, and I'd love to win!! I was such a Tolkien fan--even before the movies came out--that I formed several friendships over this shared loved. In fact, my husband and I used to totally flirt by calling each other "Lord of Ithilien" and "Lady of Rohan." Because we were very, very nerdy and romantic. :)

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    1. That's one of the sweetest things ever <3 Eowyn and Faramir are among my favorite characters, and certainly favorite couple in the books (even compared to Beren and Luthien!).

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  2. Hello! I have loved The Lord of the Rings since I first read it when I was ten. For eight years I read it yearly, and I'm glad I did, because the movie images were not able to take over my imagination.

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    1. Aw, you're lucky! I've got an equal mix of visuals in my head, since I took in both the books and the movies at about the same time.

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  3. I fell in love with Tolkien's writings when I was in Jr. HIgh. At first, the only book I could find was "The Two Towers." No "The Hobbit" "The Fellowship of the Rings" or "The Return of the King." When a friend went away for vacation, she triumphantly returned with the missing books. Hurrah! (It made a LOT more sense after that!)

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  4. Frodo is one of my favorite charcters

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  5. I enjoyed reading the books and I enjoyed the movies. I would have to say Frodo is my favorite character.

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  6. I had to read LotR for seventh grade, but it wasn't until my second it third time through that I fell in love. My favorite character has to be Faramir. I love his nobility, honor, and love for his family, and it frustrates me to no end what they did with his character in the movies.

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    1. I KNOW, RIGHT?! :) Faramir is one of my favorites, but they did a disservice to him, especially in the theatrical release. I can't wait to reach his parts on this current read-through.

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  7. I fell in love with the books as a teenage, along time ago.

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  8. Ive....never actually seen the movies before, or read the books, but i'd like to enter it for a gift for a friend that means the world to me and loves the series so much, she would be so happy to get this

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    1. No worries! Spread the love :) it's wonderful to see friendships where people care for each other's interests even if they don't share them!

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  9. I so want to read the books. I fell in with the crowd and watched the movies but like any great thing the book must be better.
    I just need to find the time to read them.

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  11. First time i watched the movie in my early grade of elementary school, i already fall in love with it, with the fantasy element! That time we still had the DVD, you have no idea how many times i rewatched it in my holiday! And tbh, i think that was the reason i grow up, loving fantasy genre!
    16 years later, i rewatched it as an adult and it still manage to make me teared up (which is really rare to happen to me) with the story and realize how i have missed all the lesson taught by it!

    As for my favourite character...Legolas was my childhood crush XD but now im rooting for Lady Galadriel for her grace and badassery, Eowyn for her bravery, and Faramir as somehow i can relate to him.

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    1. LotR hooked me on the fantasy genre, too. I loved fairytales as a little kid but Tolkien opened up all kinds of new, complex worlds to me. It's so powerful and deep on so many levels

      Haha, it feels like Legolas is many people's childhood fantasy-character crush!

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  12. I love watching these movies with my son. We have a great time together.

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  13. I became a LOTR fan when my brother introduced me to the books in the early 2000s.

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  14. My favorite character is Legolas.

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  15. I really think the books were great, I enjoyed them and it was one of the first series I have read that was long. The movies were amazing too.

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  16. I like the Silver Elven Leaf Ring | Size 6

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  17. Silver Vine Pearl Earrings

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  18. My dad introduced me to Lord of the Rings so it reminds me of him. MY favourite character is Smeagel lol

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  19. Legolas has always been my favourite character :)

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  20. This is amazing !! I love LOTR. I got to visit the shire in New Zealand and have a pint in The Green Dragon ! such a cool experience

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    1. NO WAY! I've always wanted to go see it; it's on my bucket list for sure!

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  21. I love Frodo! I remember reading the books as a teenager and loving them. Then seeing them made into movies was so exciting!
    Marlene V

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  22. I also like the Pendragon Braided Silver Ring | Teal Stone |
    Marlene V.

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  23. I was first introduced to Lord of The Rings after reading Tolkien's Silmarillion. This led me to the rock group Marillion who had a hit in the eighties called Kayleigh. When I had my first daughter we named her after this song. This would be something she would love.

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    1. I had no idea there was a group named after the Silmarillion!
      Good luck to you as to all!

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  24. Gandalf is my favorite character.

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  25. I loved reading The Hobbit and just loved Bilbo. Reading the Lord of the Rings was a special part of my childhood. Loved the magic of the adventures.

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  26. Bracelet looks amazing! LOTR is one of my favorite movies!

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  27. I remember going to see it in the movie theater when it first came out with my mom, I feel asleep not realizing how long the movie was

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  28. When the Lord of the Rings movies came out..I did not know how much it would effect my life..i read the books..I got all the characters dolls, the swords (shards of narsil, the witchking sword) I have been collecting all the Lotr characters all these years..The movie and the book are soooooooooo amazing to me..I am thinking of getting a Lotr tattoo..I dont know why i havent yet

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    1. LotR has been so momentous for so many people!
      and the weapons from the movies are EPIC. I own a few from a Hobbit contest, and seeing the replicas in person makes you really recognize the artistry of the craftmen and designers who made them!

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  29. My daughter LOVES the books, and this bracelet would be a nice little gift for her.

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  30. This is the coolest bracelet ever. My favourite character is Samwise Gamgee because he is such a loyal friend.

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  31. Lord of the Rings was responsible for introducing me to Fantasy, which led me to Science Fiction - two genres that have held my attention ever since.

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  32. Lucinda J LawrenceMarch 11, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    I first read the books in 1977, and I still have that same set, much worn and battered. I think its effect on me was making me realize that, even if you won, you still pay a price. Frodo's constant pain and sadness at the end was burned into me. I watched one of the movies, but they'd gone so far off the book that I could not enjoy it, and have watched no others.

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  33. Sam is my favorite character! He's the true hero of the story without him everything would have been hopeless.

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  34. LOTR has affected our entire household, as my teen daughter is obsessed with it, and just read all the books! She would be over the moon if I win this, as I'd give it to her! Thanks!

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  35. So to start in highschool my group of friends who are to this day like my sisters named me pippen. We were obsessed with the world both film and book. We even learned elvish and dawrfish to pass notes in class and no one would know. So many of my memories are surronding LOTR. But now i live in a different country from my friends and something like this would make me feel connected to them.

    Thanks mikaela

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    1. Oh it wouldnt let me do this from my phone but my blog is lifemadebymika.wordpress.com

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    2. I wish I could have gotten my friends into Elvish when we were in high school! Back in grade school my friends and I would make complicated ciphers and codes, but that was before I'd read LotR. Did you learn the Tengwar script or actually try learning some of the language? Best of luck to you as to all on the giveaway!

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  36. Just watched the hobbit the other day :)

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  37. Frodo Baggins is my favourite character.
    Nancy
    tis-so at Hotmail dot com

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  38. Love the raw turquoise and copper ring from your shop.
    Nancy
    tis-so at Hotmail dot com

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  39. Marie-Andree BoutinMarch 12, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    How has it affected my life... Lord of the Rings came out when I was in my early 20's and very serious. The movies opened up my mind to fantasy, playfulness and imagination.

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  40. Lord of the Rings was the first book my son read on his own and it really created a great love of books in him, which is something we both share!

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  41. My friend and now girlfriend Ellen is a Lord of the Rings nerd. I like the movies and books as well but not near as much as she does. We watch them all the time. I even bought the extended versions and I bought an extended version of Two Towers with the Gollum statue to keep forever. I just have to get the other two. This bracelet is obviously for her.

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  42. I remember hearing a lot about it back in the 1980's when I was younger

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  43. My favorite character is Froto.

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  44. We love wathcing the series as a family

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  45. My fiance and I love reading LOTR out loud to each other and now that we have a son, we hope to pass on to him the joy that we've found in the books.

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  46. I love Frodo, but for me it all started with Bilbo.

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  47. My favorite animal is the elephant, so I love your elephant ribbon necklace. Beautiful colors!

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  48. Well done series of Lord of the Rings, gotta go to New Zealand now. Gorgeous bracelet too!

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  49. Stephanie GossettMarch 13, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Arwen is my favorite. She is strong and knows her own mind. She catches a glimpse of her husband and child. She knows she will outlive them, but still chooses love. She cannot be without her loves. I relate to that. If I won this, I would give it to my 13 year old "love" who I risked my life to have. She loves LOTR. She was raised right ;)

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  50. Beautiful bracelet. I would love to win this. I have been a fan of Tolkien since I was younger, there is such mystery in his works and such a deep lore. It really allowed me to escape into another world. Tolkien is what inspired me to study English Lit in school. My favorite character is Eowyn because of how strong willed she is. In those times she refuses to be left to do the chores of a woman and instead chooses to battle and fight alongside the men for whom and what she loves. She is a fighter, strong and determined. I deeply admire that about her.

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  51. I read Lord of the Rings thirty years ago, as well as the Hobbit - and when Peter Jackson made his films, I had children old enough to see them with me. Now all of our family are "Ringers"! My daughter is just starting to make jewellery, and she would be so inspired by this bracelet. Thank you for sharing some of your personal treasure ;)

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  52. i like lord of the rings

    rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  53. Wow, LotR has impacted my life so much. It's my go-to whenever I need to feel better and where my mind wanders when I'm bored at work. I think I talk about Middle-earth at least 3 times a week. I love the plays, music, and books pertaining to Middle-earth. I'm even reading a collection of Tolkien's letters concerning the books right now! As for my favorite character, I'd have to say Mr. Samwise Gamgee. :)

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  54. Frodo is one of my favorite character loved the story it is one you can watch over and over and never get tired of it

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  55. I like Tom Bombadil actually. I tripped across your site just recently with the excellent ear cuff tutorial. Thanks for that!
    I like the hairpieces in your shop.

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  56. I LOVE Arwen. She is beautiful, majestical, and this movie really helped my imagination when creating things. It truly helped me explore fantasies of the elven world. Love it!

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  57. My BFF is the biggest Tolkien fan that I have ever met, she got me to read The Lord of the Rings series and opened me up to a whole new world! Gandolf is my favorite character!

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  58. I fell in love when I was young reading the stories...when they became movies I was in love from the beginning and own most of them. There is something ensuring and strong with each one of them.

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  59. I love the Lord of the Rings. Just a powerful story to me and it's a journey. I like that.

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  60. Right now, my husband and 5 year old are reading The Hobbit every night before bed. The next day, he excitedly tells me what happened. It's been amazing hearing the story through his eyes!

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  61. I had never watched LOTR or even read the books but recently my teen daughter decided that we would have a marathon and watch them all. I enjoyed them more than I thought I would but if I'm being honest, I was underwhelmed considering the enormous hype that accompanied the movies when they were originally released. Sorry LOTR fans.
    abrennan09@hotmail.com

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  62. LOTR was always a great outing with friends! Every movie that came along, we all got together and went to go see each one when they came out in the theater! and then of course the LOTR marathon parties! Good times!

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  63. froto is my favorite. i love the lord of the rings.

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  64. Froto is my fave <3

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  65. I am a big fan of Lord of the Rings so I would love to win this bracelet!

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  66. Seriously, this would impress my husband. He loves LoTR.

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  67. I loved fantasy since I was a tiny kid, but didn't read LOTR until after Fellowship of the Ring came out in theaters (when I was in high school). I tore through the books, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion--whatever bit of Middle Earth I could get my hands on. I even taught myself Quenya (which seriously impressed my fellow nerds, and has added some strange level of depth to my elves when I play DnD). My mom is as big a Tolkien geek as I am now, and every year in December we marathon the extended versions of The Hobbit and LOTR.

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  68. I love your art nouveau inspired pieces, but of the things currently in your shop, I'm in love with the Elven Silver Leaf Vine Cuff. It's so delicate, and the green is a perfect match to a fantasy bell-sleeved shirt I own.

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  69. Farimar was always my favorite from the first time I seen this amazingly old movie!

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  70. My favorite character is Faramir.
    I love these beautiful bracelets:)

    Thank You!

    Fiona N

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  71. I also love the hobbit and -rivendell-inspired-silk scarf
    Thank You

    Fiona N

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  72. This is one of my favorite quotes! I use it whenever I feel as if I am meandering through life and but I know there is more going on than I can see. <3

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  73. Sam is my favorite character. The faithful friend.

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  74. I have learned about my precious and about the differences between Smeagol and Gollum.

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  75. I read Tolkien when I was in high school many years ago and it filled my with a longing for adventure. I have traveled a lot in my life and found my adventure in tame ways.

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  76. Oh Legolas,how I love thee,lol! I love the movies so much.They really did a beautiful job of making you feel a part of the story. My son has recently expressed interest so I am pretty excited to introduce him to the world of Tolkien. He's going to love it! Courtney Hennagir on rafflecopter.

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  77. the old man with long hair hews something elese

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  78. The very quote "Not all those that wander are lost" means so much to me. I had to put myself through college after experiencing a pretty rough childhood. I took two leaves of absence before I finally followed through and graduated. My career has taken the long way around, unexpected stops and paths, but i've learned so much and have reached a place that I am happy . And my family... my family is beautiful and the definition of love. So while the movie is great, it is that quote that truly defines me and my journey.

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  79. My favorite Lord of the Rings character is Froto.

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  80. I just know my kids love the Lord of the Rings. Anyone of them would love this bracelet. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  81. My two favorite characters are Frodo and Aragorn! I really love the movies.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  82. before i read lord of the rings, i dont think i understood that fantasy books are really about life. the characters in lord of the rings really drew me in.

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  83. We tried to eat the amount of times that they ate on Lord of the Rings and my favorite character is Frodo

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  84. I read The Hobbit in 9th grade in school, and it started my Tolkien obsession. I love Gandalf.

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  85. Sam has always been my favorite.. He's the real hero.. He shows the power of friendship and he never gives up.

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  86. Love the Lord Of The Rings books and movies and that bracelet! My favorite character is Frodo. Thanks for having this contest.

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  87. I like the Blue and Silver Cuff Bracelet. It's got great lines and the colors work perfectly together.

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  88. It was my dad's favorite and he passed the love down to my sister and I

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  89. Very well made.... Love watching movies with my boys

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  90. Frodo is my fave character-- and the movies have made me really want to visit New Zealand someday

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  91. My favorite character is Aragorn

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  92. Lord of the Rings is such a great series.. my youngest son and I are the biggest fans in our house! We even use the "My Precious" line quite often! lol

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  93. Sam is my favorite character. He's so loyal and humble!

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  94. Lord of the rings is literally my families favorite movie! My kids husband and I will spend hours snuggled up watching dvd after dvd! We LLVE Sam and Frodo and gandolf and Aragon! We lost all the movies moving and been trying to find all the special edition copies again! It’s so hard to watch the regular versions after having the special editions for so long!

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  95. Ohhh on the racflecopter im Nicky Marie

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