Hobbit Graduation Card

Has anyone else tried finding a decent graduation card for someone this year? … I looked & have come to the conclusion: GRADUATION CARDS ARE BORING.

 

Rather than fork out my money for a lackluster symbol of my congratulations, I decided to MAKE a graduation card for a special graduate I know.

 

tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card

also, this post is out in time for you all to celebrate

 

Geek Pride Day (May 25)

 

Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote Geek culture, cosplay, and the like.  So go forth and celebrate time travel, wear your one ring, drink your butterbeer, daydream, assemble!, read a book, fight some crime, and for all of these shenanigans: may the force be with you.

 

May 25th was chosen as the date in order to commemorate the first Star Wars release (some people even consider this day “Star Wars Day” over May the 4th), though it also shares a date with references from the Discworld series as well as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

Click here to learn more about Geek Pride Day

 

 

Hobbit Lord of the Rings card home made

 

Oh right, back to the graduation card….

 

This was written/drawn with ink and quill (yes, olde-style dipped ink), though you could do it with a pen or a sharpie even…. just try it!

 

I cannot draw.  Seriously.  This is about as good as it gets (I cannot even draw a straight line), so I had to choose an idea for a card that would fit with my level of drawing ability and my geek knowledge.

 

I also love to age paper whenever I can (look forward to a post later on coffee/tea staining… though if you request it, I can expedite it!), so I purchased blank cards from Michaels and aged them, let them dry, then drew on them with the ink via quill.

 

map of middle earth

 

One of my first ideas for the inside of the card was to mention something along the lines of :  You’ve defeated SMOG Graduate School! Now you can return to the Shire real life! Huzzah!

 

Then I decided I could find some cool Sindarin (one of the Tolkien Elvish languages) phrase of sorts to add to the inside, so I did!

 

Had I the time, I would have written the message in Sindarin letters, but alas.

 

tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card Sindarin Elvish

 

Elvish Sindarin phrase

 

If you’d like some Sindarin / Elvish phrase ideas, click here.

 

 

I also wanted the envelope to match and hint at the Tolkien Middle Earth Map.  It worked, of course- he knew that it was Tolkien-esque :)

LOTR envelope style idea

 

 

And once again, the final product:

tolkien hobbit LOTR graduation hand made card

 

I hope this helps to inspire you to do something fun and geeky today!  Enjoy, fellow muggles!

 

Want another geeky idea?  How about making some Geeky Cupcakes!  Featuring Star Wars and Superheroes!

Or perhaps you want to learn about another random holiday?

 

  • What did you do to celebrate Geek Pride Day?
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