The Hobbit

hobbitSeptember 22 has been designated International Hobbit Day to mark The birthdays of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, in 2890 and 2968 respectively of the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.) It is part of Tolkien Week. Which also celebrates the anniversary of the publishing of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien which was published 21 September 1937. Although Tolkien himself never expected his stories to become so popular,  “The Hobbit” came to the attention of publishers George Allen & Unwin and they persuaded him to publish it. it went on to attract adult readers as well as children, and became popular enough for the publishers to ask Tolkien to produce a sequel. The Hobbit ay is perhaps the oldest running day celebrated by fans.

There is some debate on the date that 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 about ten days. A suggested alternative date by hardcore fans is September 14th. 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 1973.The Hobbit is Set in a time “Between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men”, and follows the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting quest of home-loving hobbit Bilbo Baggins who joins the Wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves including Thorin Okenshield, Oin, Gloin, Nori, Ori, Dori. Kili, Fili, Bifor, Bofur and Bombur on a dangerous journey to the Lonely Mountain, to reclaim the kingdom of Erabor and the many treasures which have been stolen by the dragon Smaug. Helping them are Lord Elrond of Rivendell, Beorn, Lady Galadriel of Lothlorien and Saruman wisest of the Istari. Along the way they encounter many hazards including the Cave Trolls Bert, Tom and William, Giant Spiders, Hordes of Orcs and Imprisonment by the Forest Elves of Mirkwood Forest. As if that wasn’t enough something decidedly dodgy is also going on in the Fortress of Dol Gulder, to the South-East of Mirkwood where an old and formidable enemy is stirring. The story reaches its climax during the Battle of Five Armies, where The men of Dale, The Elves of Mirkwood, The Dwarves of Erebor, Hordes of Orcs and the Eagles all try to reclaim the treasure stolen by Smaug

Hobbits, are typically between two and four feet tall and are nothing like your usual ‘hero’, but nonetheless manage to accomplish great feats and amazing acts of courage During The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. 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”.In the United States Hobbit Day has gained some measure of legal dignity due to the elected officials who support the day and the goals of the American Tolkien Society. The Day has also attracted Bipartisan Support from places as the U.S. County Courthouse, to the White House, to the U.S. Capitol. 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.

Director Peter Jackson’s turned The Hobbit into an exciting film trilogy, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Sir Ian Mckellen as Gandalf, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel and Barry Humphies as The Goblin King. They have expanded the story by including some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings and Unfinished Tales, in order to tell more of the tale of Bilbo Baggins, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer and the Battle of Dol Guldur. However Some worried that while The Lord of the Rings which consisted of three parts totalling 1,008 pages could be adapted into three separate films, The Hobbit, is only 310 pages long and may require rewriting and the addition of new scenes and characters in order to stretch it over three films. Howard Shore did the Theme Music, and Alan Lee’s Concept art was used as well.

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