September 22: Hobbit Day

elephantThere are many great holidays today. For starters, it’s the autumnal equinox. The third Sunday in September is also Wife Appreciation Day.  On a completely unrelated note (husbands, don’t you dare mention this!), September 22 is also Elephant Appreciation Day. If that doesn’t get you, you could also celebrate World Carfree Day or even National White Chocolate Day.

In other words, you’ve got several good options. And yet, I just can’t write about those today. I can’t write about wives, elephants, or even chocolate when there are hobbits to write about!

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Bilbo Baggins and his young cousin Frodo Baggins were both born on September 22, in the Middle Earth years 2890 and 2968 respectively. Readers of The Lord of the Rings are sure to remember the opening and Bilbo’s huge eleventy-first (111th) birthday celebration combined with Frodo’s coming of age 33rd birthday – fireworks, gifts, cakes, and disappearances!

And in 2013, this is just the beginning of Tolkien Week. According to the American Tolkien Society, Tolkien Week is held every year for the week containing September 22. I know what I’ll be reading – and watching – this week!

“They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.”

Psalm 36:8

 

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