Who hasn’t heard of Bilbo and Frodon Baggins, the two lovely hobbits from J.R.R Tolkien popular “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings”. Fans of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and the Hobbit epic celebrate September 22 as Hobbit Day. The week containing Hobbit Day is also celebrated as Tolkien Week.
In the United States, this date became kind of legal thanks to the elected officials. They support the day and the goals of the American Tolkien Society. The Day has also gained the attraction of the Bipartisan Support from places such as The U.S County Courthouse, to the White House and to the U.S Capitol.
Learn about Hobbit Day
The Hobbit was published first on the 21st of September in 1937. It was nominated for a number of different awards and received critical acclaim. It is considered a classic still today. Famous British writer, C.S. Lewis, said the following about the book in his review in The Times:
“The truth is that in this book a number of good things, never before united, have come together: a fund of humour, an understanding of children, and a happy fusion of the scholar’s with the poet’s grasp of mythology”.
After this, J.R.R Tolkien kept creating between 1937 and 1949, thus appearing “The Lord of The Rings”. As the books indicate, Bilbo Baggings was born in 2890. This would be 1290 based on our timeline. Frodon Baggings was born 78 years later, in 2968, which equates to 1368.
The New York Herald Tribune said the books were “destined to outlast our time”. What a prediction that was! The Sunday Telegraph described The Lord of The Rings” as “among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century”.
History of Hobbit Day
The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978. The events are defined like this: “Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day.” They acknowledge that Hobbit Day pre-dates their designation. There is some debate on the date Hobbit Day should be celebrated on, due to the differences in the Gregorian and Shire calendars.
Tolkien once said that the Shire calendar is ahead by 10 days depending on the month. A suggested alternative date by hardcore fans is September 14th. Although the day was not officially designated until 1978, it has been celebrated since 1973, shortly after J.R.R Tolkien died on September 2nd of that year. This is perhaps the oldest running day celebrated by fans.
Fun ways to celebrate
- Host parties and feats like the ones held in the books
- Don’t wear shoes on this day because the hobbits in the books are always barefooted
- Attend marathon viewing sessions of the movie version of the books and participate in Hobbit and LOTR quizzes.
- There are also many different games that have been developed. This includes The Lord of the Rings for the PlayStation, as well as The Lord of the Rings lego set. You also have the 2003 The Hobbit video game, which was designed for Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube.
- If you have young adults in your life, encourage them to read Tolkien’s work.
If you know a lot of people who are fans of these novels, why not really make the most of Hobbit Day and host a Lord of the Rings or Hobbit-themed party? This is a great opportunity for all of your loved ones to get together and have a lot of fun. Plus, you can dress up as characters from the books. This is bound to get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves!