Tolkien Fans Rally For Japan

We’ve all been watching despairingly as the situations in New Zealand and Japan continue to play out. And now, Mad Dwarf Workshop and Dunedain Radio have announced their involvement with charities, giving us a chance to contribute to the relief efforts in these regions.

MDW will be auctioning off their exquisite Folkvrärthr sword, with 100% of the proceeds going to Samaritan's Purse for helping to rebuild Japan, New Zealand, and Haiti as well. The sword itself was forged from 1095 and 8670 pattern welded steel made by Rick Barrett of Barrett Custom Knives. Grinding, heat treating, and shaping as well as the antler carving was accomplished by David DelaGardelle , while the copper guard fitting was done by Andy Davis. The deer antler was donated by Shad Peters, a professional guitar building luthier and friend of MDW.

If you wish to bid, the auction begins this Saturday, March 19th at 7:00 pm EDT and will end on Saturday March 26th at 7:00 PM EDT. MDW asks that the starting minimum bid be $500 USD. Send bids to:, with subject line the price of you bid and the content to include the price and your name. Updates on the current bidding status will be posted on Facebook and Twitter every day at 7:00 PM EDT and each individual bidder via email every night so that they know the current standing.


Map of the Dwarves-Inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Middle-earth Network, home of the Dunedain Radio is also doing their part for those in need. With only 9 days left until the Tolkien-related station goes live, they have teamed up with artist Daniel Govar to create the “Map of the Dwarfs”.  Starting now, this uniquely crafted work of art is a gift to those who donate from $20 and $26 with 10% going to Hands on Tokyo.  The Japanese based charity aids communities in Japan and because they are local to the affected area, their efforts will continue long after many relief agencies leave. Your donation will also support Dunedain’s efforts to continue to buy music and bring you outstanding programs.

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