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The Hidden Hobbit

My new piece on the Huffington Post: The Hidden Hobbit: 10 Secrets from Tolkien’s Classic

Some of the many editions of The Hobbit in my collection. And yet…I still want more.

Some of the many editions of The Hobbit in my collection. And yet…I still want more.

My wife baked the perfect pie. The pie is gone now. When will there be another?

My wife baked the perfect pie. The pie is gone now. When will there be another?

Lego Frodo is in awe of the giant block of cheddar. Will Sting cut the cheese?

Lego Frodo is in awe of the giant block of cheddar. Will Sting cut the cheese?

My Q&A With Illustrator Jemima Catlin

Check out my interview with the artist who created 150 pictures for the new edition of The Hobbit.

Bad Disguise

I can’t believe that the people who bought The Cuckoo’s Calling didn’t recognize the author in the dust jacket photo.

Box of Halflings

My Dungeons & Dragons nostalgia trip continues. My mom found this box of figurines today. I bought this 35 years ago when I first got into D&D—before I had even read The Lord of the Rings. I had no idea what Halflings were! (The company Grenadier could not legally use the word “Hobbit.” The word Halfling, however, is of Scots origin and was not invented by Tolkien. It basically meant a geeky teenager! Like all D&D players!)

Forgotten Heroes

I found these lead Dungeons and Dragons figurines in a box at my parents’ house. I painted them over thirty years ago when I was a boy. I used a lighted jeweler’s magnifying glass that I bought at the Goodwill, and I made my own paintbrushes so that I could put dots in the pupils of their eyes. Each one took hours to complete. The tallest figurine is only 1 and a quarter inches.

http://geekdad.com/2013/07/sons-of-zeus

I went fishin’. Caught me a catfish. Didn’t taste very good. Got fur on my tongue. Threw him back.

I went fishin’. Caught me a catfish. Didn’t taste very good. Got fur on my tongue. Threw him back.