Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
There’s still time to imagine – just what will be the most magnificent Middle-earthly appropriate gift(s) for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthday this year. Though there’s always been a bit of a dispute between t he Gregorian and Shire calendars, for the past few decades the natal day of the two has been honored on September 22 (sort of like the Queen’s official birthday.) This year that occurs on the last day of summer, Gregorian calendar.
As any fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth Cycle books knows well, Bilbo and Frodo are somewhat unlikely heroes capable of most impressive acts of courage that have inspired many a reader over the decades.
The birthday fete, commonly recognized as Hobbit Day, is actually the highpoint of Tolkien Week, a moveable feast celebrated this year from Sunday, September 21 through Saturday, September 27. The week is sponsored by the Tolkien Society, celebrated since 1978, in honor of J.R.R Tolkien and his son and editor, Christopher J.R. Tolkien. Focus of Tolkien Week is on the Middle-earth cycle: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth.
Celebrations of the Baggins’ birthdays are limited only by the imagination of the celebrant! Going barefoot all day or sharing seven meals with fellow Tolkien fans have considerable appeal, though research projects add to the Tolkien lore that may inform future generations, particularly if they re published in the journal of the American Tolkien Society, Minas Tirith Evening-Star.
One topic awaiting further research is an area known as Bilbo Colles, formally named for Bilbo Baggins on December 19, 2012. It’s an area of small hills on Titan, the largest moon of the planet Saturn located near Titan’s equator at 4 degrees south and 38 degrees East within the Quivara region. (http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/Categories)
There’s probably an app for Hobbit Day festivities on Planet Earth – if not, here’s another way to honor the Baggins brothers!