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So I was sitting at my desk at work on Wednesday past, and an email appeared. I had a package waiting for me in the mailroom. Puzzled, I wracked my brain to figure out what it might be; all of my Amazon and Goulet Pens packages had arrived. What was I forgetting?

Turns out I was forgetting an order I had placed with Amazon at the end of October for two Moleskine Hobbit notebooks. The original shipping estimate was Dec 10 but they shipped early!

I ordered a ruled burgundy notebook (pictured at top) and a plain brown notebook (still in the wrapping; sorry for the glare!)

I ordered a ruled burgundy notebook (pictured at top) and a plain brown notebook (still in the wrapping; sorry for the glare!)

Inside front cover; Smaug with his long tail.

Inside front cover; Smaug with his long tail.

Lovely inscription section. Reminds me of how Tolkien signed some of his letters.

Lovely inscription section. Reminds me of how Tolkien signed some of his letters.

Standard Moleskine ruled pages.

Standard Moleskine ruled pages.

Nice brown bookmark. The brown color of the bookmark is a nice counterpoint to the burgundy cover. The bookmark color for the brown notebook is the same brown.

Nice brown bookmark. Both notebooks have the same brown bookmark.

Thor's Map, one side of the map included in the back pocket.

Thor’s Map, one side of the map included in the back pocket.

Flip Thor's Map over to find the Wilderland Map.

Flip Thor’s Map over to find the Wilderland Map.

I couldn’t photograph the metallic engraving detail on the cover of each; click here to view better photos on the Moleskine site. You can order them from Amazon here; shown above are the Large versions.

I’m thrilled with my notebooks. I have been a Tolkien fan since I first read The Hobbit over 20 years ago. I have a copy of every book Tolkien published, and many books discussing his influence on literature. Very excited about the upcoming film!