Middle Earth on 20 Coppers a Day

Think you can't afford to holiday in Middle Earth? Well, an exciting, affordable Middle Earth vacation might just be closer than you think!

On just 20 coppers a day, you can experience the best of all Middle Earth has to offer. It just takes proper planning-- and the helpful information you'll find here-- to create the perfect Middle Earth vacation package for your budget.

Enjoy Small Wonders and Big Welcomes in The Shire!
Did you know that right now there are hundreds of Middle Earth residents just waiting to meet you? Sign up for our unique "Share The Shire" program and you'll be welcome at the home of any of a number of participating Hobbit holes as a part of this exciting cultural exchange. Enjoy fine food. Party with the locals. It's a blast! Stay once, and you might find you'll make a Hobbit of visiting every year!

Get Down to Middle Earth at the Quaint Prancing Pony Pub!
Visitors to Bree would be remiss without a stay in this charming, inexpensive bed-and-micro-brewery. With hostel-style accommodations that are only occasionally hostile, you'll find yourself right at home with theme rooms like, "Rustic Relaxation," "Prostitute's Paradise," "Barn Beauty," and the "Storage Stateroom." Enjoy home-brewed libations in pint and-- for our height-challenged guests-- half-pint sizes, the true micro-brew.

Enrich Your Artistic Side with the Rivendell Architecture Tour!
Explore gracious sinewy palaces, gazebos, and porticoes in this tour of this breathtaking Elven city. It's like nothing you've ever seen before. And yes, we know it bears a remarkable resemblance to the art nouveau artistic period around early 1900s Europe. But the Elves did it first. No, really.... Really.

Hike the Misty Mountains!
Looking for awesome views and a little action? You won't want to miss hiking Hithaeglir! Also called the Misty Mountains, here you'll encounter a wide variety of terrains and get a birds-eye view of the Great River, Anduin. Have fun in the snow with assorted winter sports. Picnic lunch is provided. Guests will need to bring their own second-breakfast.

Get Deep with the Mines of Moria!
While in the Misty Mountains, you'd be remiss to not to make this Mine yours for a few hours. Explore historic tombs of important dwarf leaders. Enjoy a brisk run through scenic underground palaces. Check out Durin's Bridge and meet hot locals just burning to share a sizzling good time. Maybe even lose yourself-- or your traveling companions-- for a while. Guaranteed, you'll never forget it!

Looking for more information on how you can start planning your Middle Earth holiday on just 20 coppers a day? Leave us a comment below and we'll be sure to get back to you.

(This has been sponsored by the Middle Earth Convention and Visitors Bureau.)



JD said...

very apropos, heard on NPR about a movie coming out on the internet Sun night done by a nonprofit group of middle earth fans called "The Hunt for Golem" .... if only they don't get sued first.

Jenn Thorson said...

JD- You'll laugh because it was a thread name about that very film, on BC, called "Middle Earth on a Shoestring" which made me think of the idea. The thread wasn't actually about tourism-- so I ran with it. :)

Anonymous said...

Stumbled, if not for the great photoshop alone.

But you forgot the best part: Going to the darkest depths of Mordor to meet a girl so fair before Gollum and the evil one will creep up and slip away with her. Her, her...yea. Ain't nothing you can do, no.

Jenn Thorson said...

Rambler- Heh, thanks for the Stumble and MOST of all, for making me feel good about the quick illustration!

Do you know, embarrassingly, until I started writing this piece, I never even noticed Zeppelin's song was about Middle Earth???

I mean, I heard it, but it just never registered with my teeny brain! I'm ashamed of myself.

Jaffer said...

How appropriate.

I shall be leaving on a vacation from Sunday to a small shire up north, where will be staying at a "Leisure Inn".
There will be hiking involved and guess what - visiting historic mines in the area.

(I'll post more details on my blog about why, where and what)

Nooter said...

what kind of snaks do they serve in this middle earth?

Jenn Thorson said...

Jaffer- WOW... talk about timing!

But just keep in mind, if someone asks you to carry something for them-- say, jewelry, particularly jewelry worn on the fingers-- say NO.

Nooter- Well dear dog friend, I would think if you spent some time in the Shire area of Middle Earth you'd be quite welcome to a variety of homecooked stews, breads and other foods.

In some of the other areas, however, I would fear YOU might be the snacks.

Shawn said...

Please advise as to which (if any) of the vacation plans includes the singing of Tom Bombadil. I'd like to avoid that one if at all possible.

Jenn Thorson said...

Shawn- That would be the Bombadil Blowout Trail Tour, where we follow the path of Tom Bombadil through days of song, recitation and mead. The mead is required, for health reasons.

We here at the Middle Earth Convention and Visitors Bureau recognize that the detailed study on this Middle Earth legend, is not, perhaps, of everyone's taste.

Da Old Man said...

I'm just waiting for the serious SciFi fans to show up. You know this will bring them out.

I'll be back when they show up with the pitchforks and torches.

Jenn Thorson said...

Da Old Man- Yes, I'm sure-- I'll be ripped apart by hired Orcs.

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

Half pint? I'll have me a 24 ouncer.

Jenn Thorson said...

Meg- They wouldn't serve you a half-pint anyway. You're too tall to be mistaken for a Hobbit. And I sincerely doubt you have furry feet.

Er... you don't do, you?... (steps quietly away from Meg)

Walter said...

A BBQ in the fires of Mordor, perhaps?
And maybe a field study in environmentalism with the Ents?

Jenn Thorson said...

Walter- Absolutely a nice BBQ at Mordor. They supply the fires, visitors bring the foodstuffs... Very economical!

The Ent tour comes in two levels-- one on a more simple level for the little seedlings, and then another for your older saplings. :)

chyna said...

Do the Elves sell jewelry also at this tour? I find their adornments quite interesting as well as the architecture.

Hey don't feel bad about the Led Zepplin song, I may have known about it but I forget everytime I hear it. I must not be a Zepplin fan.

Jenn Thorson said...

Chyna- Yes, indeed, "the Ethereal Elf Elven Gifts Shoppe" and "Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookie Cafe" are open most days, check for hours.

Items are available to fit every budget.

Skye said...

Oh my my my my my! What a wonderfully enjoyable time that seems, singing, mead and all! What do I have to do to be able to get in on this tour of Middle Earth? I especially like the idea of First Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Lunch, Second Lunch Dinner, Second Dinner and Supper. :D (no, I'm not forgetting Thirdsies and Fourthsies, I just don't think I could handle THAT much food!)

VE said...

I'm definitely staying with Tom Bombabil when I go!

Jenn Thorson said...

Skye- For a slightly higher cost (100 coppers a day) we could add you to our Hobbit Holiday Buffetfest, which would include all the meals you mention, plus lodging, for one low price.

VE- If you care to share your anticipated arrival dates and the number of members in your party, we will inform him you're coming.

Funny Videos said...

Very enjoyable blog

Melanie said...

Sign me up for the whole tour!

Umm, how do coppers translate to dollars?

John J Savo, the Authoring Auctioneer said...

Great post. Your imagination seems limitless.

Jenn Thorson said...

Funny Videos- Thanks for stopping by!

Melanie- The exchange rate fluctuates. Given the current US economy, coppers are a bit stronger than dollars right now.

John- It's more I come up with post ideas when I'm half-asleep. Being in a near comatose dream state while blogging seems to sometimes be an asset. :)