Friday, September 20, 2013

Don't forget about Hobbit Day this weekend

September 22nd is almost here, loyal Tolkien fans, which means that it's once again time to celebrate Hobbit Day... provided that you can tear yourself away from football, apple picking, or whatever other early fall activities you have planned.

Actually, that's the real beauty of Hobbit Day - the day chosen on our Gregorian calendar as the likely birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins - it's entirely appropriate to celebrate it by sitting on your couch and watching football or wandering around an orchard searching for succulent apples, provided you've got some friends on hand and other geeky activities planned.

Unlike most holidays which require you to visit family members, plan elaborate meals, or put on a pair of clean and pressed pants, Hobbit Day is a relatively easy holiday to enjoy so long as you embrace the Hobbit lifestyle.  Many fans choose to go barefoot on this day, others throw elaborate parties with fireworks and plentiful amounts of elaborate, Hobbit-themed cakes, but there's really no *right* way to mark the occasion except by avoiding copious amounts of hard work and focusing on the things that make life enjoyable.

If you're looking for celebration suggestions, The American Tolkien Society has a few - but it's really hard to think of one more fitting than grabbing a bag of Cider Donuts and kicking back with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

As for myself, I'll probably wait to pick up the Extended Edition on Blu Ray so I think I'll dust off my Lord of the Rings DVDs, grab a 6-pack of pumpkin beer, and watch The Fellowship of the Ring on loop with some friends until my eyes bleed.

I think that's what Frodo would have wanted.