Middle-earth is the fictional setting of much of the English writer J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. The term is equivalent to the term Miðgarðr of Norse mythology and Middangeard in Old English works including Beowulf, describing the human-inhabited world, that is, the central continent of the Earth in Tolkien's imagined mythological past. Tolkien's most widely read works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, are set entirely in Middle-earth; "Middle-earth" has also become a short-hand for the legendarium and Tolkien's fictional take on the world.
Middle-earth is the main continent of Earth (Arda) in an imaginary period of the Earth's past with the end of the Third Age about 6,000 years ago. Tolkien's Middle-earth stories mostly focus on the north-west of the continent. This part of Middle-earth is suggestive of Europe, the north-west of the Old World, with the environs of the Shire intended to be reminiscent of England (more specifically, the West Midlands, with the town at its centre, Hobbiton, at the same latitude as Oxford).
Tolkien's Middle-earth is peopled not only by Men, but by Elves, Dwarves, Ents, and Hobbits, and by monsters including Dragons, Trolls, and Orcs. Through the imagined history, the peoples other than Men dwindle, leave, or fade, until after the period described in the books, only Men are left on the planet. - Wikipedia
I've always been fascinated by the imagination of Tolkien and took quickly to the Lord of the Rings series in the early 2000's. At the time I didn't realize how material rich those movies were. I sat down a few months ago and watched the entire series again taking note of all the symbols and flags. With that in mind, We're offering collectable patches based on imagery in the movie and when needed other interpretations.
Release 1 - Kingdom of Rohan
This flag is visible a handful of times ... blowing away from their encampment and briefly being waved in the air.
Release 2 - Kingdom of Gondor (variant 1)
"He had a small hauberk, its rings forged of steel, maybe, yet black as her; and a high-crowned helm with small raven-wings on either side, set with a silver star in the centre of the circlet. Above the mail was a short surcoat of black, but broidered in the breast in silver with the token of the Tree."
Perhaps one of the most widely recognized symbols from The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the White Tree of Gondor. The Tree is used in many different sigils, ranging from the guards of the Tree itself to the flags and banners of Minas Tirith to the livery given to the Hobbit Peregrin Took after he swore fealty to Denethor, Steward of Gondor.
Pippin continued to wear the symbol of the Tree on his armor even after returning to the Shire, where he became the thirty-second Thain after the days of the War of the Ring. Eventually he renounced the position and returned with his good friend Meriadoc Brandybuck to Gondor, where he was eventually laid to rest and entombed with King Elessar.
The design of the Kingdom of Gondor patch is based on the livery Pippin wore in The Return of the King, showing the White Tree and seven stars upon a black background. Pippin is seen wearing this during his service to Denethor and then later, outside the Black Gates. There are other variations of the White Tree in both the films and in Tolkien’s work, including the standard of Aragorn that was unfurled as he sailed to Gondor’s aid during the Battle of Pelennor Fields.
Release 3 - Kingdom of Rohan (Rohirrim)
This symbol is visible behind the throne in a meeting hall. It represents the horse riders of Rohan. The banner itself is longer and more narrow with some ornate design on the bottom. We simplified it for the purposes of the initial patch design.
Vinyl Decal measures 6" high
Release 4 - Pelennor Shield
“Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
spears shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!”
- The Return of the King - Chapter V - The Ride of the Rohirrim
Eorl the Young was given parts of Calenardhon by Cirion, Steward of Gondor, after leading his people to Gondor’s aid in the fields of Celebrant. It was here that the army of Gondor were cut off from the south and laid upon by a host of Orcs and driven toward the Anduin. The Riders of Eorl then set upon the Orcs from the rear, and slaughtered them. After this a great friendship began between the kingdoms of Gondor and Rohan, and an oath was made that each other would help their allies in times of war.
Shortly after defeating Saruman’s Uruk-Hai at Helm’s Deep, Théoden son of Thengel mustered his Rohirrim at Dunharrow, where an errand-rider of Gondor presented him with the Red Arrow. Denethor, Steward of Gondor, asked Théoden to bring his Rohirrim with all their strength and all their speed to prevent the White City from falling. The Riders of Théoden were mustered and rode to Gondor, where they fell upon the Orcs of Mordor from the rear, helping to save the city. Here Théoden was slain by the Witch-King, and Eomer his sister-son inherited the throne.
This design is based on a shield seen during the Battle of Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King, when the Rohirrim charged against the armies of Mordor. It is notable for being the only shield with two horses on it, which could mean it belonged to a rider who served under or with Théodred, the son of Théoden, who was the Second Marshall of the Mark. It is possible the two horses reference the Second Marshall of the Mark, but there is no proof of this. It is, perhaps, a conjecture - but it is one based on hope