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This Week in Middle-earth – Special Edition

Welcome to another special edition of This Week in Middle-earth!

With Tolkien Week, Hobbit Day, and Feast Week right around the corner, the list of happenings within Middle-earth grows by leaps and bounds. While a full list of events can be found right here, we will also be announcing each event in real time on the Middle-earth News Twitter and Facebook social feeds. So, be sure to follow us!


Year 2941 – The Hobbit

September 23

  • The Dwarves and Bilbo come to Lake-town

Soon afterwards the other dwarves were brought into the town amid scenes of astonishing enthusiasm. They were all doctored and fed and housed and pampered in the most delightful and satisfactory fashion. A large house was given up to Thorin and his company; boats and rowers were put at their service; and crowds sat outside and sang songs all day, or cheered if any dwarf showed so much as his nose.

[The Hobbit, Chapter 10: A Warm Welcome]

Year 3018 – The Lord of the Rings

September 23

  • Four Riders enter the Shire before dawn. The others pursue the Rangers eastward, and then return to watch the Greenway.
  • A Black Rider comes to Hobbiton at nightfall, Frodo leaves Bag End
  • Gandalf having tamed Shadowfax rides from Rohan

September 24

  • Gandalf crosses the Isen

September 25

  • The hobbits come to Maggot’s Farm

September 26

  • Frodo comes to Tom Bombadil

Hey dol! merry dol! ring a dong dillo!
Ring a dong! hop along! fal lal the willow!
Tom Bom, jolly Tom, Tom Bombadillo!

[The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter 6: The Old Forest]

September 27

  • Gandalf crosses Greyflood

September 28

  • Gandalf reaches Sarn Ford
  • The Hobbits captured by a Barrow-wight

September 29

  • Frodo reaches Bree at night
  • Gandalf visits the Gaffer

Year 3021 – The Lord of the Rings

September 29

  • They come to the Grey Havens
  • Frodo and Bilbo depart over the Sea with the Three Keepers
  • The end of the Third age

Then Frodo kissed Merry and Pippin, and last of all Sam, and went aboard; and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew, and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth; and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore glimmered and was lost. And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed on into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water. And then it seemed to him that as in his dream in the house of Bombadil, the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back, and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.

[The Return of the King, Book VI, Chapter 9: The Grey Havens]

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  1. These snapshots are great Alice.