You know how I love a literary holiday…
Now, before you scoff and sputter, “Hobbit Day isn’t even a real holiday, Ali,” let me assure you it IS. Hobbit Day is celebrated every year on the 22nd of September around the world, marking both Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday. It’s serious biz in libraries and Tolkienite/Ringer groups.
This year, 2014, one lucky Spilling Ink reader will be the recipient of a precious prize: The Hobbit Hole Candle! This gorgeous green candle smells of black cherry pipe tobacco and oak moss. How’s that for enchanting! (I’ve smelled it and I’m having a hard time parting with it. Note to self: Always buy two prizes. One for the lucky winner, one for the host.)
Build-Your-Own Hobbit Day Festivities!
- Go Barefoot for the day! Hairy-footed Hobbits do, and so should you. If workplace health and safety regulations hinder your barefooted fun, try some Furry Adventure Slippers on for size!
- Throw a party in a field (huge tree mandatory). Rollicking music, dancing, games, too much food, and firework wizardry won’t go amiss.
- Learn some Elvish.
- Or if learning a new, artificial language sounds like too much hard work, generate your very own Middle Earth names. This site spits out your Elf, Orc, and Hobbit monikers. Because I’m sure you’re busting to know, my Hobbit alias is Alearka Thorney. My nearest ale house is called The Flickering Candle Inn, and my trusty sword is named Augduras. Yeah baby! Alearka + ale + Augduras = deadly.
- Eat six meals on Hobbit Day. Start planning your elevenses now! Menus for the whole day’s festivities can be found all over the internet. I like this one.
- Hold a Hobbit Trivia Quiz with something “precious” for the prize. A “gold” ring? A loaf of freshly baked lembas bread and the recipe written in LOTR-styled calligraphy? Or how about a Hobbit Hole candle?
Speaking of Prizes…
To be in the running to win Spilling Ink’s Hobbit Hole candle, tell us in the comments below how you’d like to celebrate Hobbit Day and share this post on social media. Cut off time: 5:00 PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Monday the 22nd of September, 2014. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced shortly thereafter.
The Hobbit Hole soy candle is produced in the US by Fictitious Fragrances. The enchanting scent is pipe tobacco and ancient forest all rolled into one lush green delight. Available from Etsy.
[Discloser: I’m getting no commission or deal from Fictitious Fragrances. It’s just fun (for me!)]
- Inside the Hobbit Hole of Bilbo Baggins by Trey Ratcliff, Creative Commons
- 72/365²: El hobbit by Andres Nieto Porras, CC
- Candle image from Fictitious Fragrance’s Etsy site.
Over to you…
Leave a comment and tell us how you’d like to spend Hobbit Day 2014!