Fool of a Took Tshirts

This seems a good of a place as any to mention that I’ve got an Etsy shop where I sell two different hand screenprinted Tolkien-based shirts.

The first is a green Fool of a Took tshirt:

Are you a fool of a Took? Do you know someone who is? Well, this is the shirt for you! And you can pick it up on my Etsy shop.


The other shirt is admittedly not for everybody.


You can pick this up here. The green, solvent-free, water based ink is hand screen printed upon both sides of a 100% organic and unbleached cotton shirt.

Tolkien was no stranger to vegetarian characters. The fierce Beorn and his kin all abstained from eating meat. But it’s possible that at least one clan of Elves was also vegetarian (though Tolkien does not say so one way or the other).

Here’s a bit about the Green-elves:

il_570xN.455486873_lzlj“Now the Green-elves of Ossiriand were troubled by the coming of Men, and when they heard that a lord of the Eldar from over the Sea was among them they sent messengers to Felagund. ‘Lord,’ they said, ‘if you have power over these newcomers, bid them return by the ways that they came, or else to go forward. For we desire no strangers in this land to break the peace in which we live. And these folks are hewers of trees and hunters of beasts; therefore we are their unfriends, and if they will not depart we shall afflict them in all ways that we can.'”
-Silmarillion, Chapter 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West.

I’ve also got a handful of other shirts in my shop. Check them out if you like.


23 thoughts on “Fool of a Took Tshirts

  1. Hi, Eric!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and following (I have become a slacker about returning visits, but I was intrigued by your blog name). It’s nice to know there are real people who follow and not just relentless spambots.

    2. I adore what you’re doing here and am mostly jealous I didn’t think of it first!

    3. I’m kind of in love with that second shirt.

    • Hi! And thank you so much for stopping by!

      I’d make a pretty poor spambot. I never really know what to say and I’m not exactly relentless about saying it.

      It almost makes me happy that you’re jealous! This is a really fun project, and I actually just remembered where I got the idea. The trip to Mordor was mine, but the ellipticaling bit came from the TV show Modern Family, where the father made a New Years resolution to elliptical to Canada and was spending New Years Eve trying to reach it. That said, I’m not trying to do Mordor within a year (though it should take about that long).

      The Middle Earth Liberation Front tshirt? All this can be yours!… Thanks thanks!

      • Yes the MELF shirt! It reminds me of both Harry Potter and Monty Python (not the same thing, but I started imagining the People’s Front of Judea arguing about Middle-Earth names when I saw it). I’ve spent all of my fun stuff money for the month on books already, but February is just around the corner!

        I don’t have an elliptical (or any other exercising equipment), but I’m seriously considering doing something similar just walking around my neighbourhood. It’d probably take me too long to hit Mordor, but maybe I could just settle for Lothlórien or something. I’ve always wanted to visit.

  2. Hi Eric,

    Just sneaking around your blog to get a feel for what you do here. I am not a Tolkien expert either (but I do consider myself a Tolkienista) however, be very careful using any of Tolkien’s words or place names on your shirts. Tolkien estates has lawyers always on the prowl (bad orces) to enforce the Tolkien law. They’ll come after you something fierce.

    It’s kind of ironic the Alan Lees and Ted Nasmiths of the world get to commercialize Tolkien but us little folks some times become victims. I know, I had work taken down at Tolkien Estates had them remove everything with Tolkien names and place names.

    Any how, carry on your venture into Mordor.


    • Thanks! I’ve heard how litigious they can be, but thus far Etsy seems to not have been noticed. Or maybe they’ve slacked off a bit on actual hand-made stuff. No way to know for sure.

      In my defense, they can’t copyright the words “fool,” “of,” “a,” or “took.” It’s a flimsy defense, of course. But hey, never know.

      Also, because of this, the shirts are basically made to order. I print them when someone wants one because I don’t want to be stuck with a huge backstock if/when the Black Riders of trademark law come sniffing around.


  3. Hi Eric
    Thanks for checking out my Phnom Penh shots. More importantly this is portentous as my nephew’s birthday is tomorrow and he is a big Tolkien fan and a fantasy writer (Prophecy’s Ruin) so it’s a T shirt for him can you post to Australia?

  4. Hey Eric,
    I love the ‘fool of a took’ t-shirt and the dino ‘wish you were here’ one! Sadly I noticed that you do not ship outside of the US (I’m in the UK) – do you have any plans to allow international sales?

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