So here we are coming up on Valentine’s Day and thoughts, and media posts, turn to love. One of the ones we came across recently was that standby list of traditional anniversary gifts…
Of course, our thoughts, as they’re prone to do, turned immediately to wondering what would those gifts be like in some of our favorite fantasy/sci-fi worlds?
Sure, those early gifts would probably be pretty similar (paper for the first year, wood for the fifth, tin for the tenth), but what about the gifts for those oh-so-special anniversaries celebrating an impressively enduring love/bonding? What would be the equivalents of our culture’s silver (25th year), gold (50th), and diamond (60th)?
We’ve provided one possible list from Middle-Earth (we decided to stop at 60 despite knowing that some characters live centuries or more).
Middle Earth Anniversary Gifts:
A gem from the Glittering Caves
A crystal flagon of Ent-draught
Any ideas from other universes?
And to get you motivated, one random commenter will receive these lovely earrings created by chainmail artisan Lauren Braden. These intricate chainmail earrings dangle in a graceful Elfweave pattern of icy blue and silver. Measuring approximately 0.5 inches wide by 2.5 inches long, they are made from light, anodized aluminum rings that will not rust or tarnish, and won’t stretch out your earlobe with excess weight. They come in a pretty gift box.
You can follow Lauren Braden on Twitter (we do) and visit her Etsy shop (we do that, too).
The earrings look great. I think my daughter would love them. My marriage has lasted 33 years and we are getting away for the weekend. I am not much into gifts.
Those look very nice, would love to give them to my special someone
Oh yes. I love these! Would be great to wear at any occasion. And to conventions! I would love to win these!
Those are gorgeous earings!
A Garnet Broam
A Sapphire Broam
An Emerald Broam
These earrings are definitely worthy of fantasy lovers!
I’m always looking for earrings that have “presence” without too much weight, so I’m immediately attracted to these. I’m thinking of gifting in the world’s I visit in books & coming up with a few ideas, but not many. On Ann Leckie’s Athoek Station (AncIllary Sword & Mercy),I’m thinking Daughter of Fishes Tea would be a good gift.
I wonder if the Ferenghi make jewelry from gold-pressed latinum.
Autocorrect is infuriating sometimes. I know worlds should not be possessive.
Color me interested.
I would love these! That’s the loveliest way I’ve ever seen to proudly display one’s fanhood.
Pern: green then bronze then gold fire lizards
Raksura consort: anklet, arm band, necklace
Raksura queen: a clutch, another clutch, and another clutch
Those earrings are beautiful!
My 25th anniversary is actually coming up next month! I’ll be severely disappointed now if I don’t get a gem from the Glittering Caves.
Since I’m not eligible to win these earrings, I’ll be buying myself a pair, or something else from Lauren’s site. I love her bracelets, too.
I loved her bracelets, too! She has some really amazing stuff!
Those earrings are absolutely gorgeous.
Cimmeria: a nice club, a greatsword, and lastly a battleaxe
Melnibone: drugs to keep you alive, Moonglum, then Stormbringer
I like these!
Hi, I’m a new member of your site, your posts are great. I love the earings too you have chosen a lovely prize, they’re gorgeous. I’d defintely wear them.
Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful compliments on my earrings!
Bobby Berry, you have won the earrings.
Please contact me (Marion) with your US address so we can have then sent.
I was a little late getting to this giveaway.