hobbits

You know you wish you was Hobbitin'. In the 'hood. Or whatever.

Tolkien enthusiasts are great at making holidays.  There are several Tolkien-related celebrations throughout the year (on his birthday, et cetera), but Hobbit Day might be the most important.  September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the two Hobbit protagonists of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings respectively.  (I really hope you didn't need me to tell you that.)  Tolkien Week is always the calendar week that contains Hobbit Day, which means that the 22nd through the 28th of September will be Tolkien Week this year!  Yay!

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Bilbo rocks the pipe.

I talked at length last year about what makes Hobbits awesome.  Six meals a day, living in comfort and peace, smoking pipes, all that good stuff.  Bilbo and Frodo in particular have some specific characteristics that make them worthy of celebration, so let's touch on those for a minute or two.  First of all, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins are nothing short of valiant.  There's bravery, and then there's what these Hobbits have.  They're not your run of the mill heroes.  They just don't save a kitten from a tree or a kid from a burning building.  Bilbo, on multiple occasions, comes to the rescue of his 13 Dwarf companions and the people of Dale.  Frodo pretty much saves the world.  From fiery destruction at the hands of supreme evil.  So there's that.

Basically what I'm saying is that Hobbits are awesome, Hobbit Day is the best, and you should come in some time this week to celebrate Tolkien Week which, as I hope you know, is my favorite week!  And you can take the quiz!  (More on that later!)

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  • Although Frodo is a great character, Sam is the real hero in The Lord of the Rings. Frodo fails and, at he very end, just as Isildur, takes the ring for himself. Sam is the one who saves him, and saves the Middle Earth. That's the reason why Sam can return to his life in the Shire, but Frodo is unable to do so.

    • It's true that Frodo fails in the end, and that Sam finally saves him. I don't necessarily think that makes Sam the real hero, though. Frodo carries the Ring for the majority of the journey and shoulders the burdens that entails. There's no way of knowing that Sam *couldn't* have done the same, but Frodo was chosen to carry the Ring and he did get it most of the way there. I think one can even say that it was the fact that Frodo alone carried the Ring for so long that enabled Sam to save him.

So, what do you think?