Hobbit Day 2015

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

  • Read any of the series of the books The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings
  • Watch any of the films, that were taken on the basis of these books
  • Make any of the friends either read the Tolkien’s book or watch the film that is taken on the basis of his book
  • Invite the friends who are also the fans of hobbit for the party
  • The outside parties may choose the place that would be reminiscent of the book like a tree in the back yard or in the park
  • For the inside parties, the walls may be decorated with the pictures that are with the theme of hobbit. The images can be downloaded from the internet. Dragons, forest, animals of the story etc would make the party more special
  • Choose lanterns, popular music of the films (Hobbit or Lord of the rings) etc to bring the mood of the party
  • Try to arrange the food which is mentioned in the book like mushrooms which are favorite food of hobbits, Wine and beer which are also popular with hobbits
  • Read any chapter or paragraph  about hobbits from any of the Tolkien’s books aloud
  • Plan any games and if possible plan the games and puzzles which remind the stories of hobbits
  • Conduct any fashion parade with the theme of hobbits, hobbits village and their friends
  • Last but not least, don’t forget to cut a cake as it is the celebration of a Birthday.