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September 22nd is the Birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien's popular Middle Earth Cycle books (The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings respectively) in which Hobbits, typically between two and four feet tall and nothing like your usual "hero", accomplish great feats and amazing acts of courage. It is in honour of these creatures and those acts that the day is celebrated with events not unlike the birthday party described in the beginning of "The Fellowship of the Ring".

Although the day was not officially designated until 1978 and has had many names and designations, it has been celebrated since 1973, shortly after J.R.R. Tolkien died on September 2nd of that year.

Fans celebrate by anything from going barefoot all day and having seven meals, to Literary discussions and readings, Lord Of The Rings Movie Marathons, and throwing parties in honour of the "Long Awaited Party" at the start of the Fellowship Of The Ring with events such as feasts, games, costumes and fireworks.

If you do not think your friends would be very interested in a Hobbit Day celebration, celebrate the day in your own way. Walk around barefoot for the day, eat about six meals (hobbits are always hungry), or make a Hobbit Day t-shirt to spread awareness!!

If you want to know what I'm celebrating tomorrow, feel free to return to this page after 10pm (GMT - UK) when I will post a link to preview tomorrow's celebration puzzle. 238


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I know... sigh!!! :~)))


Action, Mandy, you won't regret - it's the start of it all!!!


I'm pleased to hear that Hanne - but sadly I've not yet read the Silmarillon - it is on my list, I've just not got round to going and finding a copy... maybe I'll visit the online bookstore now, while I think of it... thanks :~))


Mandy, I'm addicted to them!!! Did you ever read the Silmarillon?? If not, then DOOOOO!!!


Thanks Pat :~)


Love the books also and the puzzle... Thanks Mandy


Goodness - I am surprised that there are people who have not read the books!! For me I've loved the Hobbit and LOTR ever since I first read them.

Thanks Josie - I'm glad you enjoyed the "baby" - I've had a brilliant day - and become Godmother to 4 very precious people -= hence my long absence during the past 24 hours!!

Thanks, although I must admit to being surprised you've not read the books Ardy, and wonder how you got on with the crosswords answers!

Thanks - you're right whatnauts... what a bunch!! Thanks LOL

Thanks Lajuin - the Hobbit is the easiest of the books to read, I wonder if people would find LOTR easier is the books were in smaller "chunks" - they are daunting tomes to read!!!

It's good to hear your kids have read the books Edie, thanks :~)

Not you too Wendy!!!! I had no idea so many Jigidi people have missed out on such a wonderful story!!! Thanks for your first comment though - it did seem to bring out the "fans"!!! LOL

Thanks Barb - it's nice to know you enjoyed when your Dad read to you... !!!

At last... Hanne your presence is more welcome than ever!!! Thank you :~)))

Thanks Francine - I'd read the books and seen all the movies and didn't know they shared the same birthday either!!! LOL

Thanks Wendy... again :~)))

Thanks Mimi - I agree the books are best, although the scenery in the movies is spectacular - so nice to know your whole family enjoy the stories - and I hope you had a good celebratory day :~))


Another fan weighs in! I love the books and the movies, especially the books! Like Francine I've read them many times. Most of my children and grandchildren love them too, so count us in with fans everywhere! I love the puzzle too, and shall celebrate the day! :))


It's about time! I've been waiting for some fans of the Hobbits to show up, Mandy. I figured my comment would bring them out. LOL!


Love the books, love the movies. Read books even more than once and movies, innumerable times....I didn't know Bilbo and Frodo shared same birthday. Thanks, Mandy.


Ohh, I'm a LOTR person really, so I congratulate both gentlemen very warmly!! Thanks so very much Mandy!!


My dad read us The Hobbit when I was very young and I vaguely remember enjoying it ... or perhaps I just enjoyed him reading it to my brother and me. Not really a fan of this genre so haven't read the series and glad to see I'm not the only one. Thanks for the puzzle though, Mandy, and the info. :-)


Holy Mackerel! Now I don't feel like such a dunce. Every time the Hobbits have been brought up previously, no matter where, everyone has read the books mentioned. I've always wondered why I've never had a desire to. It's nice to see that I'm not the only one. BUT, one of my brothers once gave me C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, which I thought I wouldn't bother reading. Well, I eventually did, and I loved the stories, especially "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."


I haven't read this series either. But I sure do like the idea of celebrating the day with seven meals! Thanks Mandy! :>)


Another vote for not having read them but my kids read them all and saw the movies as well.


I read The Hobbit to my girls many years ago. Bought the other books, but I did not read them and hae not seen the movies.

Thanks for the day, tho'.


I haven't read these books either! What a bunch we are :)))) LOL


I have never read these books. My only acquaintance with them has been through crossword puzzles. Interesting day to celebrate and I'm sure all the fans will enjoy it. Thanks for the information and the great illustrations.


Not a fan, but saw my baby there and had to make it. Not a fan out of ignorance, know nothing about Lord of the Rings, many love it. Good morning dear Mandy, have a great day.