Buying items for adults can always be a challenge, I know. But if they happen to be a fan of The Hobbit movies, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug or The Battle of the Five Armies based on the original book by the author J. R. R. Tolkien, then you can find lots of great suggestions listed for you on this page.
Since I'm a fan and a collector of memorabilia for this classic fantasy tale, I'm just the right person to offer ideas whether you are buying for Christmas, another occasion or just because. There are lots of items that come from the movies but it is bewildering if you don't know much about this topic or where to start looking. So many of the products are made for the younger generation. The items here are ones that an adult should really appreciate.
Collectible Replica Swords
Ideal for Those Interested in Middle Earth Weaponry
I've got the Bilbo Baggins light and sound sword, pictured above, which is lots of fun but I would really love to own one of these beautiful replica sword keepsakes. The replica designs come from the actual movie swords and you can see them in action in An Unexpected Journey and the follow ups. These swords are collectible and not toys. They are great gifts to choose for adult fans intrigued by Middle Earth weaponry.
The officially licensed letter openers are a more affordable way to get hold of a replica weapon in miniature scale. The one below is a replica of Bilbo Baggin's Hobbit sword called Sting. It is a beautiful keepsake which comes nicely presented in a wood box. This would look good placed on a desk or shelf and is ideal for a collector who has somewhere for display.
The replica of Sting made by United Cutlery unfortunately doesn't glow blue as seen in the movie (and as shown pictured above with my plastic toy version) but it is a gorgeous sword which comes with a wood plaque for mounting on a wall if you wish.
Sting is the sword which Bilbo Baggins acquires during his adventures in An Unexpected Journey where the traveling party comes across the troll lair. It is found along with the larger swords Glamdring and Orcrist which are then used by Gandalf the Wizard and Thorin the Dwarf respectively.
This is a more affordable way to own a replica sword based on the movies. The letter openers are in a miniature scale and come presented in wood boxes. You can also get Orcrist, Glamdring, Tauriel's dagger and Thorin's original dwarf sword.
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About the Main Swords from the Books and Movies
As well as Sting which is the sword of Bilbo and then Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings, here are the other main weapons.
- Glamdring is the sword that Gandalf finds in the troll lair along with the other swords: Sting and Orcrist. It is also known as Foe-hammer. This is a very elegant, straight and long sword which is entirely befitting for this powerful sorcerer to carry as a weapon along with his magical staff. It makes an ideal gift for an adult who is a particular fan of this wizard.
- Orcrist is the sword that the dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield acquires on his journey to the Lonely Mountain. It is the sword that Goblins fear the most since it was originally forged by their enemies, the Elves in Gondolin. Fans of Thorin, who is one of the main characters in the book and the movie, should love having this replica version. It is also known as the Goblin Cleaver and you can get a letter opener of this as well.
- Thranduil's Sword. Thranduil is the king of the elves in Mirkwood and he is also the father of the popular elf, Legolas. Despite not even being a named character in The Hobbit, he has become one of the most popular characters. That popularity is largely down to the superb acting by Lee Pace.
Hobbit Themed Books for Adult Fans
This is my top pick of books for an adult fan of The Hobbit and the movies which are based on the original book by Tolkien. I own or have read and looked at these books myself so I know why they are all great items for gifts. Let me tell you about each one and why they will be suitable for the fantasy fan in your life.
My Other Favorite Books on this Topic
The Battle of the Five Armies Visual Companion: This one which I also own is a very smart, hardcover book. It is a great coffee-table type of book and I guess the clue is in the title of Visual Companion. The photos have many close-ups of characters which is very good if you like character shots but not if you prefer the background and scenery. It has stunning photos and good, basic information on the main characters and the locations in the movie. It isn't a challenging or in-depth read but it is a charming one and a really nice book for a fan to collect.
For anyone interested in the art and design that went into The Battle of the Five Armies, this book will not disappoint. This is a stunning hardcover book which is perfect for fans of this type of elaborate fantasy art. It shows a real abundance of artwork and designs that went into the creation of the 3rd and final movie.
An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II - Creatures and Characters: This is a visually stunning keepsake book which focuses on the movie characters and the creatures. It is brilliant reading for anyone intrigued by how the cast became the characters that they portray on-screen. You can read about cosmetics and make-up, prosthetics and digital CGI. It goes into a good amount of detail which is ideal for a fan wanting to know more on this topic.
Brian Sibley's Movie Guide Books on The Hobbit: Brian Sibley, has written a set of really good quality movie guide books which I can highly recommend. These are all a brilliant buy for someone who enjoys behind the scenes information. There are facts about the casting, locations, costumes, effects and interviews with some of the main characters. They have lots of great photos and illustrations included and make for a very good companion tie-in as well as being relatively inexpensive gifts too.
The Annotated Hobbit: this hardcover book provides a unique way to read this fantasy tale because of the numerous included annotations down the sides of the pages. This one is recommended for those who are very familiar with the Hobbit story.
A Hobbit Devotional: You don't have to be religious to enjoy this unique devotional because it makes for a very interesting read anyway. What it provides are 60 thought-provoking, treasure trove of devotionals that apply sections from The Hobbit to a Christian way of life. It is a beautiful read and the most inspiring devotional for a Tolkien fan. I have the Kindle version of this book so I can carry it around with me daily.
Mugs Make Easy to Display Keepsakes
Collector mugs make for very inexpensive gifts which you can also pair up with other small items such as a book. A good idea is to fill up a themed mug with some sweet treats like candy, small chocolates or stationery. Then wrap it all in cellophane. Place the bottom of the mug in the middle of a large square sheet of the cello, gather up the ends and tie them just over the rim of the mug with some curling ribbon. This is a fancy way to present a mug for any occasion.
Any fan should see the humor with a My Precious mug. The creature Gollum, also known as Smeagol, loved to use this phrase about the much coveted One Ring. Bilbo stole the ring from Gollum during the Hobbit tale so it became his precious instead.
Wearable Items Like T-Shirts
When looking for a good T-Shirt design, consider searching for some that contain the most iconic items such as the perfectly round Hobbit Bag End door and Bilbo's sword Sting.
Green is the color most widely associated with these Halfling creatures that J. R. R. Tolkien created and would make the most appropriate color choice for a top to wear:
- This is the very cool color of Bilbo's iconic front door.
- Tolkien said that they love bright colors and they live in an entirely rural and lush setting with their homes often set into gently rolling hills, surrounded by greenery.
- One of the favorite Hobbit drinking holes was the Green Dragon Inn at Bywater in The Shire.
- In The Lord of the Rings movies, the famous traveling cloaks given to Frodo and other Fellowship of the Ring companions were a shade of gray-green along with the leaf clasps they were presented with as well.
Being a bit of a geek myself, I really love the fun design of this t-shirt. It reads: I never got my acceptance letter from Hogwarts, so I'm leaving the Shire and becoming a Jedi instead.
Fun and Collectible Items Can Make Great Adult Gifts
Although much of the merchandise is for younger fans, there are many items that adults will enjoy being gifted with. My husband tends to buy me a new book on this topic each year and I enjoy collecting Lego sets and fun display pieces. If in doubt, you can always ask your intended recipient what they'd really like or go for a fun product which they may not think to buy for themselves.
Image Credits: The introductory image belongs to the author, Marie Williams Johnstone. All other images (unless watermarked with the author’s name) are product photos from Amazon.