Two months later, I’m finally wrapping up Keianna’s birthday party posts! To see the invitation, go to Part I, here, and to see the order of events, and photos of the various attendees, visit Part II, here! Guests arrived in time for second breakfast of scones (fresh from the oven) and tea. Before they were allowed entrance Gimli (Kieran) greeted them at the front “Dorian” gates which bore an inscription that they must, “Speak Friend to Enter.” I then took photos of the attendants. I generally prefer casual, natural, action shots at parties, but I those can be random and I wanted to make sure that each character and costume was documented. (You can see the “cast photos” in the Part II post.) Then, the Lady Galadriel (Keianna) presented gifts to the fellowship for their journey. The children each received a Lorien Leaf bracelet with a few starter Lord of the Rings charms.
Adults each received a small silver flashlight. Around each was the message, “ I give you the light of Eärendil, our most beloved star. May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” As she presented each gift, Keianna (er.. Galadriel) said, “Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo.” (Which is Elvish for, “A star shines upon the hour of our meeting.”) (Yes, she actually said it in Elvish, but had to translate for most of us.)
We divided the group in to two teams. Because we so enjoyed the friendly competition between Gimli and Legolass in the books and movie, we had a Gimli team and a LegoLass team.
After dividing into teams, we played Pin the tail on the Oliphaunt:
After each game the winner (or in some cases winning team) selected a prize from the prize board. Most prizes were additional charms for their Lorien-leaf bracelet, but there were other items as well:
When a team, rather than an individual won a game, teammates drew numbers from Gandalf’s hat to determine who had first pick from the prize board.
Pinning tails on Oliphaunts is hard work, and we were ready for Elevensies, which consisted of tea and pumpkin, butterscotch muffins. Refreshed from Elevensies, we played Throne of Gondor. (Similar to musical chairs.) Aynwen (also known as Kaira) provided harp music for the game:
Next, was a hobbit foot race & ring of power relay around Mount Doom. (Because the weather was unseasonably chilly that first week of October, we put the climbing dome in the barn/garage to represent Mount Doom. Each team was given a ring of power, and “hobbit feet” to wear. (Even the adults participated with adult sized hobbitized flip-flops.) The teams passed the ring of power through the line as each member shuffled and flip-flopped around Mt. Doom in turn. We aren’t a flip-flop wearing family, so running in these things was comic. Each participant got a pair of hobbit feet to take home. (I’m sure they all wear them often.)
It was time to brave Shelob’s lair! I didn’t get a photo of the complicated obstacle course of webs strung in the walk-through closet, but each child had to navigate the course, and lost points any time they touched the web. Once through the web, each participant had to baffle Shelob by tossing decoy rings (so she wouldn’t get the true ring).
Luncheon consisted of Tea (of course), Lembas bread, hearty mushroom soup, cheeses, a relish tray, and English toffee. For the Lembas leaf wrappers, this blog provided inspiration. (Guests took home extra lembas bread too.)
After defeating Shelob and munching Luncheon, we returned to the barn and commenced to “Raid Farmer Maggot’s garden.” The two teams lined up on one end of the barn and tables of corn waited at the other end. The first team-member would run to the end, shuck an ear of corn, then come tag the next person in line. (Yes, it was all part of my clever plan to have guests shuck their own corn for the evening meal!)
In the photos below, you’ll see Bilbo (My Father-in-law, known as Grandpa S), Gandalf (My dad) and Merri (my niece, KT). Grandpa S (Bilbo) deserves a huge shout out! I was battling a terrible migraine on party-day. Tending to the many meals, and facilitating the fun left me very little concentration for photographing. I was much relieved when Grandpa S, an excellent photographer, agreed to take one of my cameras to record the festivities! The best photos in this post are his.
Next was an Orc-shooting archery competition! As I mentioned with the Oliphant picture, I don’t make great claims of artistry, but I actually thought my Orc was pretty good–until Keegan saw me finishing it and said, “Oh, that’s a cute Orc, Mommy.” Cute? Really? Cute was totally not my goal. A cute Orc is a total failure, but since we were only using it for target practice, I swallowed my pride and let it suffice.
The next relay, “Fill Gimli’s mug” seems to have escaped photo-capture. Each of the two teams had a stein or tankard marked for equal capacity. At the other end of the barn, were two “barrels” of ale. (water coolers). The teams were given shot glasses, and each team member took the shot glass in turn, ran to their barrel, filled the shot-glass, then, trying not to slosh, ran back to their tankard and passed the shot-glass to the next person in line until the first team filled Gimli’s mug.
After filling Gimli’s mug, we had more Orc slaying amid the “Great Eagle Flight”. I’d created a scarecrow-esque orc, and we attached a swing-seat to the zipline to represent the Great Eagles who carried the hobbits away from the burning forest. As they rode on the eagles, each child tried to knock over the orc with his or her inflatable sword.
Slaying Orcs and riding eagles makes for hungry hobbits, elves and dwarves! Afternoon tea was set with tea, tartlettes, nuts and fruit!
Following tea was presentations to the Lady Galadriel; speaches, music, and gifts were given her. Aynwen (Kaira) played, “Concerning Hobbits” on harp. Gimli (Kieran) read, “Over the Misty Mountains” (accompanied by harp), Aynwen played, “In Dreams” on piano, and all the PrairieFrogs accompanied her in voice, then Éowyn (Kendra) echoed with “In Dreams” on dulcimer.
Galadriel received many lovely tokens! Among other things, Aragorn gave her his pendant, Merri gave her a lovely necklace, and Gandalf gave her a magic book!
We didn’t get photos of the final games. The children assembled Smaug Gliders and attempted to return Smaug to the Lonely Mountain (aiming for the climbing dome in the barn.) Those who got their Smaug into the mountain won!
Next was sword fighting with the inflatable swords, then on to Dinner!
Our Dwarvish dinner consisted of ale (hot apple cider), tavern beef, baked potatoes with all the fixings, roasted corn, and seed cakes.
The children free-frolicked until the sun set and our guests departed. It was a grand day in Middle-Earth!