Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tolkien & Tea Tuesdays: A preamble, photo

If you asked me what books shaped a good portion of my life, I'd tell you Harry Potter. But if you asked me what books were the foundation for my love of fantasy and imagination, Tolkien's works--The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion--are definitely the building blocks.

I discovered Tolkien when I was a child. The Hobbit was a book I read  over and over and the animated cartoon Gollum continually haunted my nightmares. When I was older, flying back and forth to visit my dad in California (on a short flight from Arizona), Lord of the Rings was my companion. It wasn't a bad time in my life, but it was unremarkable, and the fantasy it gave me while I disconnected from my third high school of my senior year and tried to fathom the idea of moving again.

On the early mornings before my family awoke, I'd page through the book with my second breakfast and lose myself with hobbits and elves.

More recently, I discovered fandom tea blending. Specifically the idea of blending teas to embody an idea, character, or place in an already established intellectual property. I began blending teas with the inspiration of Tolkien's works in mind through Adagio, and I completed them with my own original artwork.

I began a shooting specific photo sets to show of my Tolkien collection, paired with tea, and the photos turned out lovely enough for me to want to try my hand at shooting them weekly. Here is a taste of what you can expect to see every Tuesday...

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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