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Bulletin Board – Done

I did my bulletin board yesterday. The eighth graders chose this as the verse of the year:

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Psalm 25:5

I thought the verse lended itself to a “traveling through life” theme, which led me to maps, which led me to Middle Earth, which led me to Gandalf’s quote: “Not all who wander are lost”.

When people write about that quote, they say Tolkien was talking about purpose. The difference between a lost wanderer and a non-lost wanderer is purpose – a perfect sentiment for Psalm 25:5.

The end result looks simple, but it took all day:

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The fonts are all “Tolkien” fonts I downloaded from the internet. I traced the map using a projector. The gold lettering is less visible than I anticipated, but I like how it looks, and I think the quote is appropriate. I’m particularly proud of where I placed the labels. All but one of them correspond to the place they appear:

Temptation – Isengard, where Sauruman was tempted by power
Comfort – Edoras, the capitol of Rohan
Loneliness – Emyn Muil and the Dead Marshes: difficult and empty terrain
Happiness – no corresponding place – a rural area of Gondor
Prosperity – Minas Tirith, the capitol of Gondor
Trial – Mount Doom, where the One Ring was destroyed

I’m told that one of the eighth graders is a Tolkien superfan. I’m looking forward to him seeing it.


  1. Lauren

    That is super cool!

  2. Deborah

    Well done!

  3. Kristi

    Looks pretty awesome – I think Tolkien would approve.

  4. Carol

    Your bulletin boards are never a disappointment, Brad. You really put in the time and the results are always awe-inspiring (IMHO).

    …and this year’s board will teach any non-Tolkien fans a things or two along the way! Nicely done.

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