September 22 has been designated International Hobbit Day. The purpose of International Hobbit Day is to mark the bithdays of the Hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Hobbit day 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 and the fact that the novel The Hobbit was actually published on 21 September 1937.
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 course of 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”. Tolkien once said that the Shire calendar is ahead by about ten days depending on the month. 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 of that year.
J.R.R.Tolkien’s exciting epic fantasy novel The Hobbit was published 21 September 1937. 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 thirteen dwarves including Nori, Ori, Dori, Bifur, Bombur, Bofur, Fili, Kili and led by Thorin Okenshield 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. They first venture to the Elf kingdom of Rivendell, home of Lord Elrond and the Noldor elves, to consult with Lord Elrond, Galadriel and Saruman the wizard. However Thorin Oakenshield and the rest of the dwarves have serious misgivings and do not trust the elves.
Along the way they encounter many hazards including Cave Trolls, Giant Spiders, Hordes of Orcs led by Azog the Defiler, Goblins led by the Goblin King and Imprisonment by the Elves of Mirkwood Forest led by Thranduil, as if that wasn’t enough something decidedly dodgy is also stirring in the supposedly abandoned Fortress of Dol Gulder, to the South-East of Mirkwood where an ancient evil long thought to have perished is once again trying to take over Middle-Earth. Meanwhile Bilbo nearly manages to fall foul of the sinister machinations of a certain ring bearer named Gollum while negotiating the misty Mountains
Eventually The company of Dwarves manage to reach Erabor where they confront the Evil dragon Smaug who is unwilling to share his ill-gotten gains, gets very angry and decides to incinerate Lake Town in retribution. With Smaug otherwise engaged, the Company of Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield reclaim the vast wealth of their homeland. However Having reclaimed their Homeland the Dwarves of Erabor must now face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon, Smaug, upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. What’s more, having seen all the treasure, the King Under the Mountain Thorin Oakenshield succumbs to greed, sacrificing friendship and honour in his search for the legendary Arkenstone. Unable to help Thorin see reason, Bilbo, makes a desperate and dangerous choice, not knowing that even greater perils lie ahead and Soon everyone heads to the mountain of Erebor including the dwarves of the Iron Hills led by General Dain Ironfoot the Woodland elves headed by Thranduil and the humans, who look for guidance to Bard the Bowman following the departure of the Master of Lake town.
Meanwhile An ancient enemy has returned to Middle-earth from the fortress of Dol Guldur, and the Dark Lord Sauron, sends forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide whether to unite or be destroyed by an ancient evil who has legions of Orcs at his command. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends as five great armies comprised Of Elves, Men of Dale, Dwarfs from the Iron Hills, The Eagles and Hoards of vicious marauding Orcs under the command of Azog the Defiler, go to war and soon Even the wizard Gandalf finds himself powerless to intervene.
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. An animated version of The Hobbit has also been made and Director Peter Jackson also 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 managed to expand 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.