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Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day – Find Events Near You!

Starting in 1978, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings have celebrated his literary brilliance with a week of festivities. Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day. This year, Tolkien week starts on Sunday, September 16 and ends with a bang on Hobbit day, Saturday, September 22.

You can join fellow fans in an online celebration of The Professor with a massive online festival right here on The Middle-earth Network! The party begins on September 22, and will feature a lecture and celebration with Dr. Corey Olsen (author of Exploring the Hobbit ), Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith’s special new website launch party, Tolkien Society Today podcast launch, Hobbit readings by celebrities and personalities, live music and gaming events, and much more. Visit for the official schedule and more information.

And be sure to check Middle-earth News daily! The Middle-earth News staff has been hard at work gathering all kinds of Tolkien goodness to share with fans.

We’d absolutely love for you to join us online, but don’t forget that you can create your own fellowship with local fans. Below is a list of Tolkien Week and Hobbit Day events happening around the world.

The Netherlands

World famous fantasy artists and friends of Middle-earth Network Ruth Lacon and Joe Gilronan, as well as other artists, will be attending the Festival in the Shire in Leiden, Netherlands to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The event starts Thursday, September 20 at 12:00pm and runs until Saturday, September 22 at 5:00pm. Please RSVP on their Facebook page so event orgainzers can plan appropriately.

United Kingdom

Oxonmoot is held in Oxford in September every year, usually on the weekend closest to the 22nd of September, Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday. For many years, the event has been held at a picturesque Oxford college, some closely associated with Tolkien or other literary figures. There are usually around 100 to 200 people attending. The moot centres on talks and panels hosted by people researching Tolkien’s works and life, and there is usually a quiz, an art show, an evening get-together with a masquerade, a remembrance visit to Tolkien’s grave in north Oxford, and last, but not least, the chance to spend a weekend in the company of other people who love J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. Oxonmoot 2012 will take place at Lady Margaret Hall from 21st September 2012 to 23rd September 2012.

School children in the UK who celebrate Hobbit Day at their school with a Read-a-thon will be eligible to win a screening of the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Fulham Palace, London, September 22 – Event Website

British Library, London, September 22 from 6:30pm-8:00pm – Event Website

United States (all times are local)

Los Angeles, California, September 22 from 12:00pm-7:00pm – Event Website   Event Facebook Page

San Francisco, California, September 22 at 7:00pm – Event Website

Longmont, Colorado, September 22 from 3:00pm-6:00pm – Event Website   Event Facebook Page

Naperville, Illinois, September 22 at 2:00pm – Event Website

Downers Grove, Illinois, September 22 at 2:00pm – Event Website

Holland, Michigan, September 22 at 12:00pm – Event Website

Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 22 from 3:00pm-5:00pm – Event Facebook Page

Springfield, Missouri, September 22 from 8:30am-6:00pm – Event Website

Concord New Hampshire, September 22 at 11:00am – Event Website

Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 22 at 10:30am – Event Website

Asheville, North Carolina, September 22 at 3:00pm – Event Website

Cincinnati, Ohio, September 22 at 10:00am – Event Website

Portland, Oregon, September 23 from 2:00pm-3:30pm – Event Website

Weslaco, Texas, September 22 from 3:00pm-4:00pm – Event Facebook Page

Essex, Vermont, September 22 at 7:00pm – Event Website

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Did we miss your group’s event? Will you be attending one of these extravaganzas? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. We have an event with a local bookstore on Sept. 22 in St. Paul, MN:

    We’ve been asked over to the bookstore to help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Tolkien’s _The Hobbit_. We’ll be there with displays and a program of readings and other activities, and a birthday cake to celebrate Bilbo’s & Frodo’s common birthday! Common Good encourages costumes! They’ll have a display in their window in advance of the program. And there’s a new edition of _The Hobbit_, of course.

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