The High King Lives

Hobbit Marathon Party May 17, 2014

In this Post: A mishmash of Hobbit parties with my own flare. Also an original  homemade board game. Come with us from the Shire to Mirkwood all the way to the Misty Mountains!

Hello dear ones! I am so excited to share our Hobbit marathon party with you! As you may know, the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, just came out on dvd. We are big LOTR and Hobbit fans here. I took two parties and mashed them together. Then I threw in crafts and snacks that I found here and there. Add a homemade and original Hobbit board game and you’ve got Amber’s flare ;).

I do want to thank the two main bloggers that inspired me. The other ideas are on my Pinterest, which is listed after the picture.

Though I did not use them as intended, I did use several of the printables from The Dating Divas. I love how they inspire me continually.

The Given Life has the coolest Hobbit party I’ve seen. I did my own version of two of their activities.

So here’s how I did it.

The Set

  • Bilbo’s hobbit door~ green tissue paper cut into strips and brown package paper. I fit it onto our doorway. The tissue strips are much easier to get into as opposed to a door.
  • Mirkwood spiders~ white crepe & paper spiders.
  • Mirkwood Forest~  I took brown package paper and twisted it into tree branches. I taped green tissue paper leaves. I wound it around our entertainment center and put up cheap Dollar Tree lights (leaves & fireflies).  I found beautiful pictures of the main elves and taped them to the doors.
  • Gollum’s Cave~ trash bags, a fan, and a printable of Gollum.
  • Smaug’s domain~ I put red tissue paper below the entertainment center and I taped a picture of Smaug above. This is where I kept our dragon crafts.
  • A table fit for a Hobbit~ I was going for prissy yet still masculine. Bilbo loves his mother’s dishes :). I found a blue checkered table cloth at the Dollar Tree. I also found the plastic pink dishes there. They look so real and dainty. I did take out my good china mugs for breakfast and then glasses for dinner. I made a simple paper banner that says “The Hobbit” and I attached it to two straws that I put in moss lanterns.
  • Moss Lanterns~ I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I put green moss in mason jars and either taped fake candles to the lid or left them on top of the moss.


  • The invites come from The Dating Diva’s. I left them and the fake tickets on the table with breakfast.


  • A Hobbit Breakfast~  Bilbo most likely drinks English hot tea. It just seems proper, with cream and sugar of course. Sausages and scones are delightful! We should eat like Hobbits more often! 🙂
  • Second Breakfast? Lunch? Whatever!~ We had the same delicious turkey meatballs from our Narnia party. We also had slices of cheese.
  • Dinner~ fish and chips (homemade fries).  Cream Soda and Rootbeer for drinks.
  • Dessert~ blueberry or peach cobbler muffins. We definitely ate like dwarves!


  • Hobbit movie marathon~ An Unexpected Journey & The Desolation of Smaug.  Along with breaks in between, this took all day.
  • Shire Craft~ This was supposed to be a Hobbit card but we made it a prop. The directions are on my Pinterest but I used foam and construction paper.
  • Hobbit drawing tutorial
  • Dwarves printable~ this helped us figure out the name of each dwarf.
  • Troll Freeze Tag~ I got the idea from The Given Life. Basically one of us played the sun and the others played the trolls. If the “sun” tagged us then we became stone.
  • Riddles inside Gollum’s Cave~ I pulled up a riddle game on my tablet. Each of us went into the cave. If we solved the riddle then we held out Sting (Bilbo’s sword. I have a replica.) If we lost then we hollered because Gollum was eating us. That’s my morbid twist on this idea from The Given Life.  Ha! We had fun though.  Those riddles were hard! But Chris did defeat Gollum in the end.
  • Dragon Eyes~ You can find directions on Pinterest. I used tin foil, paper, and glass stones. This awesome craft doubled as game pieces later.
  • Dragon Slime~ This was fun but icky. Starch, glue, and glitter.
  • Hobbit Music~  Michael pulled out music from the first music to play on his keyboard.
  • Our homemade Hobbit board game~ I found a printable blank Monopoly board game and used it for my Hobbit game. I drew part of the Hobbit map in the middle. The four corners were places like Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains. They each have conqequences if you land on them. I used a plastic jewel for the arkenstone. The dragon’s eyes are game pieces. I printed off trivia questions and fun facts for the cards. I stole dice from another board game.  It was fun and we learned a lot.

I hope you’ve found this post to be inspirational for your own Hobbit party. Links at the bottom!




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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover



Crafty Monday: The Hobbit, Lilacs, and Magnetism May 14, 2013

*Note: I did not realize at the time that runes came from the occult. I apologize if I caused anyone to stumble and I discourage any use of runes.  Oct 6th, 2013 edit.

Hello dear ones and a late happy Mother’s day! Michael is still reading The Hobbit so I wanted to further encourage him by making a lapbook. I was inspired by this blog:

I will include my Pinterest with more ideas at the end of this post. The front of the lapbook has The Hobbit written in runes and Bilbo’s name written in Elvish. We’ve been tracking Bilbo and the gang’s journey on the map. On my Pinterest you will find a link to  help map Bilbo’s journey.

047On the back I pasted pictures of the dwarves. Gandalf and Bilbo were found through Google search. I copied the Misty Mountain’s Cold song from the book and pasted the lyrics.


Home Grown Learners’ blog has the link for translating runes. I copied the message I had typed and had Michael translate it with the key.  It says “Mommy loves Michael more than dwarvish treasure.”



He had so much fun that he decided to translate the runes on Bilbo’s map. It’s 6 lines long and took awhile but Michael was so excited.  He’s been writing in runes ever since….leaving notes for us here and there.


Michael reads a chapter a day. I printed out The Hobbit vocabulary words and a question sheet. He answers three questions per chapter. The vocab. is just for reference.

034We went online to the Lord of the Rings name generator. Michael’s hobbit name was Perom Goatcloset of the Shire. He was most proud of his dwarvish name though.


We practiced singing “Misty Mountains Cold” and downloaded the music.


Michael’s also been copying parts of the book. This was the sloppiest of them all but I thought it was a wonderful line to copy.  Michael’s been doing this on his own and I’m happy that he’s so enthusiastic.



Lord willing, we will have more Hobbit fun next week ;).


Painting with magnets


Q-tip Lilac painting



Michael’s still doing the typing program I told you about awhile back. I really like how it keeps up with his progress and shows which letters he got wrong.


Science~ Fun with Magnets

We are still having fun with the magnetic science kit my sister sent. We did several experiments last week. Here’s one you can try…

You will need a strong magnet, anything iron, a ruler, a steel knife, plastic wrap, fabric, aluminum foil, and cardboard.

025First we slowly inched the big magnet towards the iron. We marked where the iron came to the magnet. Then we put the different items in front of the magnet and tested if it changed where the iron met the magnet.

028Lastly, we tried the steel knife. Only it changed the magnetism by a small bit.


Michael read “The Magic School Bus: Amazing Magnetism“.


We’ve been preparing for Pentecost (it’s tomorrow actually). Michael has been studying the story of Ruth and also of Hannah.


Little man got his A.W.A.N.A.’s award at church.

003Then had fun afterwards. I had to get home but I think he’s throwing a pie….not sure.


It was another laid back week. As I promised, here’s the Pinterest link for your own Hobbit adventures ;).

The Hobbit Pinterest Link~ remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the link.

God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


January 12, 2013

Filed under: Media Saturday,Movie reviews — amberdover @ 8:42 pm
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I had thought of doing a media review of The Hobbit movie but “A Homeschool Mom” already did a good one so I thought I’d reblog. Now, I’ve never read the Hobbit but I am a big fan of the LOTR movies. We did allow Michael to see the Hobbit and he’s also seen the LOTR minus a few scenes we skipped through. I feel like the LOTR is more adult than The Hobbit. We watched the making of the LOTR and that took away any Orc fear Michael had. I guess it really is a case by case thing. Some of my friend’s kids would freak out if they saw an orc. Gollum was the funniest in the Hobbit and we were all excited about him. Michael does a great impression of Gollum. The Necromancer was the only scary part for me…which I’m assuming he’s Sauron before he becomes the eye. We really like dragons around here so I don’t think the dragon can be scary to any of us. Anywho, I said I wouldn’t do a review lol but we loved the movie and it was a whole new adventure with a bit of familiarity from LOTR. This is coming from a big Lord of the Rings movie fan. I have a copy of Frodo’s sword, “Sting”. Michael pointed it out in The Hobbit….”Mommy, that’s your sword!” What I really love about these movies is the fact that there is no foul language and no sexual stuff…..that’s becoming rare for even cartoons these days :(. Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

A Homeschool Mom

the_hobbit_movieTonight, the man and I went to see The Hobbit, Part I with my sister-in-law.

We thought the movie was fantastic. It was well made and very entertaining, so much so that we were remarkably surprised at how fast three hours flew.

The characters were charming and well-developed, the scenery breathtaking, and the story interesting.

It didn’t follow the book exactly and there were a few minor inconsistencies between this movie and the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, but nothing that affected the plot.

Our oldest daughter, “T”, has recently finished reading this series as part of her homeschooling. She was quite bothered when we announced that she would not be allowed to watch the movies yet. (In our house we read the books before we ever watch the movies. Therefore she thought she would be allowed to watch, having read the books.)

I stick with our earlier decision…

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