|Today is 22 September and so it is Hobbit Day.
J. R. R. Tolkien's books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been the inspiration for this great day since 1978 (1). Bilbo and Frodo Baggins were both born on the 22nd of September; Bilbo in the year of 2890 and Frodo in 2968 in the Third Age.
Thanks to the immense popularity of the recent Lord of the Rings films, Hobbit Day has become increasingly popular. Libraries, bookstores and schools around the globe recognize Hobbit Day, but despite its growing popularity, there is still no one official way to celebrate!
We all love Tolkien and his worlds, so why not host a party at your home or office to celebrate his most beloved of characters, the Hobbits?
5 Tips for Hosting a Proper Hobbit Party
Cook up a Hobbit Feast
The first and last things on a Hobbit's mind are food! For such little people, Hobbits have ravenous appetites. The books explain that a hobbits Eat at least 6 meals a day when they get the chance, so its natural to center your party around food--lots and lots of food! Hobbit food is comfort food, so make your guests comfortably full on Hobbit Day!
Here is a suggested menu:
Decorate a Hobbit Party Tree
|If you have a large, old tree in your yard, decorate it and make it your hobbit party tree.
The tree can be your outdoor centerpiece for the festivities and lend your party a Shire atmosphere.
With your party tree outside and the house decked out like the Shire inside, encourage everyone to come dressed up as their favorite hobbit and offer prizes for the best costume. And it goes without saying, guests must be barefoot to win!
Play Hobbit Games
In this modern age hobbit game options range from board games and RPGs to videogames. You can even get creative and invent your own game! For example, make name tags of all the hobbits, and put them on your guests' backs. Then make everyone guess which hobbit they think they are based on everyone elses reactions. Hobbit trivia is also always a crowd pleaser!
Peter Jackson's LOTR Trilogy have a play time of nearly 12 hours! Add in the 1977 Hobbit animated movie for good measure and that's nearly 14 hours--plenty of time to get in at least 6 meals while you geek out on your favorite scenes!
Perhaps the greatest thing to keep in mind as you celebrate Hobbit Day this 22nd of September, is to do as the Hobbits would do! Have fun eating too much, being lazy, socializing and most importantly, toasting to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins as much as possible throughout day!
About the Author of this fine contribution:
Greg Buckskin is a fan of all things geeky and nerdy and writer for Comcast.USDirect.com
(1) The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, and defines them as this: "Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day", but acknowledges that Hobbit Day pre-dates their designation. Due to the discrepancies between the Shire Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar there is some debate for when to celebrate Hobbit Day, with some celebrating it on September 14.
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