Hobbit day is the day of birthday celebrations of hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. These two are the fictional characters of the famous books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. J.R. R. Tolkien’s is the creator of the characters as well as the author of the series of the books. The fans of these characters celebrate the birthday, though the years that Bilbo and Frodo born are different, on the date mentioned by the author.
When is Hobbit day celebrated?
Hobbit day is celebrated annually on 22nd of September.
Origin of the day
The celebrations of the day are initiated in the year 1978 by the American Tolkien Society. Though there are several arguments about the date of the birthday of the characters, the day is usually celebrated on 22nd of September. These arguments are raised as per the explanation of Tolkien in Appendix D of the book The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien mentioned that Shire Calendar (according to which the birthday is celebrated) has ten days difference with our calendar and Shire Calendar is in advance. As per this, the birthday has to fall on 12th or 13th of September. But, the fans have their own explanations regarding this.
Celebrations of the day
The day is celebrated with feats, fireworks, costume events and fun activities. Being a holiday, the day is spent with the theme of the hobbit characters, by the fans. Schools as well as libraries utilize the opportunity to encourage book reading culture by facilitating different activities to encourage reading the works of Tolkien. The displays and competitions are held in the schools and libraries highlighting these characters.
Importance of the day
Many people often discourage for the celebrations of the fictitious character’s birthdays. But, the fans argue that the celebrations emphasize the characterization of the characters and so is the honor to the author.
Activities of the day
One can choose few of the following activities