Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bilbo and Frodo celebrate their birthdays on Hobbit Day, September 22

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. (

There’s probably an app for Hobbit Day festivities on Planet Earth – if not, here’s another way to honor the Baggins brothers!

The sweetest fundraiser in Northeast Minneapolis

Based on the festival name alone the folks at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church deserve sweet success! Their mega-fundraiser for hungry kids is Car(a)mel Fest.

The irresistible-sounding event is Sunday, September 13, 10:00 – 4:00. at Mt Carmel Church, 1701 St. Anthony Parkway in Northeast Minneapolis.

For those who can actually get enough caramel, there will be food trucks with an equally appetizing selection from local food vendors, a bake sale with expert judging of the crown the winner of the inaugural Car(a)mel Fest Bake-off.

Local musicians Matt Wilson, Kara Doten and the Goods will perform throughout the day. There’s a silent auction, activities for kids and more!

Real emphasis of the day is the fundraising effort, with all proceeds earmarked for The Sheridan Story, a partnership among a unique community partnership in which participating churches and organizations sponsor a school, as of this Fall a total of 25 schools. Sponsorship involves participating organizations paying for packing and distributing food directly to the children.

The Sheridan Story provides the logistics, sourcing, and organizational expertise necessary to execute the process of providing the food supply. The goal of the partnerships is to feed hungry while developing a lasting relationship between the school and the community.

More about The Sheridan Story at

www.thesheridanstory or find The Sheridan Story on Facebook.

Car(a)mel Fest has its own website or find more on Facebook or Twitter @caramelfest.