It's time to toast Bilbo and Frodo Baggins on Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week. Celebrated by fans of the "Lord of the Rings" book and movie series worldwide, Tuesday is the mutual birthday of author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's hobbit heroes.
The date, Sept. 22, also falls one day after the anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit" on Sept. 21, 1937.
"Hobbit Day is a virtually ideal holiday incorporating attractive elements of several others," read a statement from the American Tolkien Society, which started the observance in 1978. It compares the celebration to "the masquerade fun of Halloween, the feast of Thanksgiving, the exchange of greeting cards and gifts associated with Christmas and birthdays, the picnic atmosphere of Labor Day and Memorial Day, the fireworks of Independence Day." If you don't have any feasts or fireworks readily available, we put together some other DIY ideas.
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) September 21, 2015
1. Go on a quest. It doesn't have to be far or with the aim of saving the world, just get outside and explore. “The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began," reads one familiar passage from "The Fellowship Of The Ring," continuing, "Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.”
2. Read over your favorite passages from "The Hobbit" or the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Before entire film franchises, merchandise and subcultures existed around Tolkien's characters, the heart of the story lay only in the words.
3. Take your shoes off and parade around your home, work or school barefoot. Hobbits hardly wear shoes; why should you?
4. Host a movie marathon of all of the films from the series. If you watch the three-part "Hobbit" back to back with all three of the trilogy films, it should only take you 17 hours to watch all six installments. Agree with the Atlantic's Noah Berlatsky that Peter Jackson's films are a "violent betrayal of Tolkien"? See number two.
5. Tolkien was a passionate lover of languages and a creator of several invented ones. Attempt to learn one of his Middle Earth languages, such as Quenya or Sindarin.
In the words of the beloved author in the original Hobbit book, “May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks."