Two Geeky Friends

Benita J. Prins

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Benita is one of those people who, if she’s following you (a stranger) down the street and hears you talking about LOTR, will instantly become your friend. She’s an oversize Bilbo: by nature she’s a Hobbit but she always chooses Rivendell as her home on LOTR quizzes. She often prowls in the local woods, enjoying the peace and quiet and talking to herself. She loves dressing up for Tolkien-themed parties, Renaissance festivals, and anything else that could possibly merit a costume. Her greatest bragging right: she’s had two articles published on She blogs at Benita J. Prins.

Rachel VanderWoude

received_1380443488649473Rachel likes to think of herself as an Elf caught in the wrong world. She could easily live in a forest and enjoys climbing trees on windy days. She can speak Quenya and a smattering of Sindarin, and enjoys writing in all of Tolkien’s alphabets. Besides The Ivy Bush, her outlets for LotR love include writing music to Tolkien’s poems, memorising sections of the books, attempting to draw characters, pulling all night movie marathons, going to Comic Cons dressed up as Legolas, skulking around, and of course reading and re-reading (and re-re-reading)¬†everything that Tolkien ever wrote! Rachel has also made a personal, 4-hour long fan film of The Fellowship of the Ring using a camcorder, locations around her house, and a bunch of more or less willing friends. She recently spent half a year living in New Zealand, studying and chasing down LotR film locations!