Saturday, September 22, 2012

September 22nd is Hobbit Day

Take off your shoes, settle down for second breakfast and take advantage of Hobbit Day to reacquaint yourself with the fine folks of The Shire.

The Fellowship of the Ring (M) begins on September 22nd 2890 (by Shire-reckoning) on Bilbo Baggins eleventy-first and Frodo's thirty-third birthdays. Hobbit fans worldwide celebrate this day with parties and feasts to make the Shire proud. Tolkien's Middle-earth has inspired numerous societies, both fan-based and scholarly, musical theatre adaptations, histories, philosophies and some really spectacular motion pictures.

Enjoy Hobbit Day and take some time to explore all things Tolkien.

The Annotated Hobbit (M)
annotated by Douglas A. Anderson

The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again (M)
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion (M)
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Gospel According to Tolkien (M)
by Ralph C. Wood

J.R.R. Tolkien: a biography (M)
by Humphrey Carpenter

New out this year is Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (M) by Corey Olsen.

"Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume, designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience. Professor Corey Olsen takes readers on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as never before." publisher

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