About Me/Contact


I'm Britta (just like the water filter!): a Tolkien collector, enthusiast, and aspiring scholar. I first ventured into Middle-earth via The Hobbit, which I read when I was eleven years old. Immediately after, I went on to read The Lord of the Rings and then The Silmarillion (and everything else Tolkien had written!).

I decided the best way to connect with other fans (and eventually get into serious Tolkien scholarship) was to start blogging; in 2011, I created this blog and focused on a segment I called "365 Days of Middle-earth", wherein I posted about a different person, place, event, or object each day. Not long after I started that project, I became a reporter for the Middle-earth News, a Tolkien fansite which covers related literature, film, and gaming news.




  • My review of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was published in the Spring 2013 issue (#54) of Mallorn, the journal of the Tolkien Society 



Q: Where are you from?
A: I hail from "the Shire" – aka the beautiful state of New Hampshire. 

Q: How did you get into Tolkien?
A: I was a huge fan of Brian Jacques' Redwall series when I was in the 5th grade, and my interest in that prompted my mother to recommend The Hobbit. My Uncle loaned me his copy of the book (and The Lord of the Rings immediately after), and from that moment on I was hooked on Middle-earth. 

Q: What is your favourite Tolkien book?
A: It's hard to narrow it down to just one book, but I always find myself going back to The Silmarillion and The Hobbit. Story-wise, "The Tale of Beren and LĂșthien" is my favourite.

Q: What is your opinion on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films?
A: I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings, but didn't care much for the Hobbit films. I felt that too much unnecessary material was added, thus taking away from the original story and turning it into more of an extended telling of "The Quest of Erebor." (You can read my full reviews of each Hobbit film here.)

Q: How do you fund your collection?
A: I have a steady job and very generous friends and family; when I go out, I get very lucky when it comes to finding good deals. Additionally, with a lot of mom-and-pop stores, buying in bulk or remaining a loyal customer helps keep prices down. I very rarely shop at chain book or toy stores anymore. 

Q: Are any of your books/collectibles for sale?
A: Currently, no. I do have a stash of duplicate books I've set aside with the intention of opening an online shop, but I'm still a ways off from doing so. However, I may at some point post what I have in the event someone is interested in a trade. 

Q: Do you have any Tolkien tattoos? Will you get any?
A: I currently have a horse of Rohan sigil on my left shoulder blade and Théoden's sword Herugrim on my left calf. I want a partial Tolkien-themed sleeve (and some other things), but I still haven't figured out exactly what to get so it will probably be awhile before I get anything else.



And, of course, e-mails are always welcome at BrittaSiemen@Gmail.com!


  1. Just wanted to say thanks for all the tweets and for this site and for promoting LOTRO etc. You remind me of me when my age was more like yours :D I actually created my own undergrad major in Historical Linguistics out of my love for Tolkien's languages. Have you ever made your own language and/or alphabet?

    Be well,

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Jay! What an exciting undergrad major :) While I, too, love languages, I've actually never given too much thought to inventing my own. But that would certainly be an interesting challenge!

      All the best!

  2. Hello, Britta

    I was wondering if you could give me a list of books on scholarly work of Tolkien's Middle-Earth; guide books written by various people; reliable I would much prefer if there are any. From my comment on your The Hobbit Companion, I have already Day's Bestiary. I didn't buy it personally, but was a gift. I wonder if you can suggest others. I'll take it from a scholar herself. I hope you receive this. If you can, e-mail me: jkzmo@yahoo.ca or reply here, whichever is convenient for you. Thank you!


  3. Hello Britta,

    I really enjoy your blog! Where can I read more?


    1. Thank you!

      There will be more to come on this blog; in the meantime, I post regularly on Twitter and Tumblr (username for both is "tolkienbritta"). Hope that helps!

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    3. Just stumbled across your site whilst looking up Lotro 6th anniversary information...Wow, you are a happening girl, keep it up :)

  4. This young lady is so amazing!!! To think, Britta, that your career is only just beginning and that I have no doubt that your works will touch many lives and change them in a positive way as your life was changed by that of Prof Tolkien and so many other writers. Keep up the fantastic work and the honor is all mine in having the privilege of getting to know you and call you a dear friend. God bless always, Marcelo

  5. Wow you are so beautiful!! I really love your eyes!! Live well, bless.

  6. Hi Britta, just sent you an email. I'm in NH as well and just came across your Twitter feed, and now your blog page. Been a pleasure to follow you and read your blog. Take care.

  7. Dear Britta,
    I have been on a yearly search for Eowyn vrs the nazgul pewter diorama. If there is one available or you know where I can find one I would be very grateful.
    Have a safe day and smile lots.
    Clinton Burns