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Handmade Lord of the Rings Wooden Toy Figures

I first read The Hobbit when I was in the 5th grade after receiving it as a gift from my parents. I loved this book and immediately began reading The Lord of the Rings afterward. At that age some of The Lord of the Rings went a little over my head, and it took me a while to get through, but I trudged on anyway captivated by the setting, the characters and their adventures. It all seemed so real and fantastic! I longed to be IN that world, to walk down that road from Hobbiton on an adventure of my own. Even now I find it difficult not to think of Middle Earth while hiking through the woods and exploring any trail I might find myself on. Although I’ve read many fantasy and science fiction books since, I always come back to Tolkien’s works as my favorites.

Naturally, now that I have kids of my own I want to share this world with them. I began telling my two sons stories from the books (my 4-year-old especially enjoyed hearing about Moria and the Balrog), but I also wanted to give them something to play with. I chose to make wooden figures of two of my favorite, and most well known characters, Mr. Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey.

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Handmade Wooden Gnome Toy Figures

When I came across Resurrection Fern’s post on whittling wooden gnomes from found sticks, I loved the idea so much I had to try it myself!

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