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Traveling With Tolkien Part One

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

What’s an epic journey without a little Tolkien?

This Sunday we’re setting out on our road trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m going to the Realm Makers Conference there, so we decided to make a family vacation out of it.

Life’s been a little crazy the last few weeks. Today I actually took the growing pile of clothes I’d been setting aside and started stuffing it into my suitcase. (No, that is not a can of Pringles for late night snacking.)

“Well, you can go on looking forward,” said Gandalf. “There may be many unexpected feasts ahead of you.”


My costume for Friday night is finally coming together. My sister is helping me with some last minute sewing and my brother is making my weapons. (Evil grin)

“This is Sting. You have seen it before once upon a time.”


While I’m on the topic of weapons…
My little brothers wanted to know when my conference will be over so they can have it.


I’m trying to remember to pack the small things like my sunglasses and NAF pin.

“You will have to manage without pocket-handkerchiefs, and a good many other things, before you get to the journey’s end.”

My appointment one sheet and chapters are all set. I’m still working on that verbal pitch though…

“Being a cheerful hobbit, he had not needed hope, as long as despair could be postponed.”


Now all that’s left is to load up the van and take off!

“Oh! That was poetry!” said Pippin. “Do you really mean to start before the break of day?”


What is one thing you can’t live without on a trip?

Are you going to Realm Makers? Post a pic of your journey in the comments along with a favorite traveling quote. 🙂



About Britta Valentine

YA Fiction Writer

One comment on “Traveling With Tolkien Part One

  1. Reblogged this on Brittany Valentine.

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