National Hobbit Day

Morgan Alwardt, Editor in Chief

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As fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit already know, we have J.R.R. Tolkien to thank for the literature that led to the creation of Hobbit Day. Each year, Hobbit Day falls on September 22, which is the shared birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The week containing September 22 is more formally known as “Tolkien Week” which is a tribute to the life and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien wrote over ten books pertaining to the history and mythology of Middle-earth, giving us famous legends and tales of elves, humans, dwarves, and most importantly, hobbits. Hobbits are quite relatable creatures; although they only stand at a mere four feet tall, they enjoy six meals a day and spend a great deal of time socializing and partying.

Hobbit Day is an exuberant celebration for all because it blends our favorite aspects of modern holidays: Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas and birthday gifts, and Fourth of July fireworks. With fall break beginning this weekend, true Tolkien enthusiasts will celebrate this joyous occasion with perhaps a movie marathon or maybe even reading the books. Whether or not you are sharing in an adventure this Hobbit Day, remember, the world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.