22 Sep

Happy Hobbit Day!

So. Tolkien Week culminates today in a celebration of Hobbit Day, since September 22nd is Bilbo and Frodo Baggins's shared birthday. Hobbit Day is unsurprisingly awesome, since Hobbits freakin' rule. You'd think, considering my nerdiness (which can conservatively be described as intense), that I would have been actively engaging in Hobbitry since a young age, but I've really only recently begun to embrace my inner halfling.

And by 'inner' I kind of also mean outer. Like a hobbit, I enjoy food, music, leisure, peace and quiet, food, occasional adventures, food...you get the idea. I even have hairy feet. Though not hobbit-hairy. That'd be kind of weird.

Basically what I'm trying to say is that though Tolkien Week as a whole has been epic and though all of Tolkien's works are worthy of celebration (Seriously, read The Unfinished Tales if you haven't. They're fascinating. Also if you feel like being totally incredibly nerdy (which, why wouldn't you?) read The Silmarillion. Look, I know. But it's awesome. The history of Middle Earth is what makes Tolkien and LotR so impressive.), The Hobbit and hobbits have a special place in our hearts.

Hobbits are easily the most relatable characters in LotR.  In a universe where even the Men are pretty much superheroes, it's nice to have some characters whom readers can see as normal.  In a lot of ways, I think hobbits are what make Tolkien's works the literary giants that they are.  In the same way, the lack of hobbits is what makes so much other fantasy seem hackneyed and trite.  Without the very human and even mundane element the hobbit characters provide, the might of Gandalf would seem run of the mill.  The strength, resilience, and stature of Aragorn would be diminished.  Every non-hobbit character would suddenly be less fantastic.  That's why hobbits rock.  From a literary standpoint, anyway.

From a non-literary standpoint, hobbits rock because they eat 6 meals a day and pretty much just garden and hang out in between meal times.  Who wouldn't want that life?

I know I do.

Check out this year's Tolkien Week Quiz after the jump!

To see our previous years' quizzes, click HERE and HERE!

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