Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week
Hobbit Day – September 22, Annually
September 22 is a grand day and holds much meaning for Tolkien fans around the world. Both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share their birthdays on the 22, and as such, it is the day of Bilbo’s 111th Long Awaited Party found in The Lord of the Rings. In Tolkien’s The Hobbit, it is the day poor, wet Bilbo arrives by barrel in Laketown.
With many events falling on one day, Hobbit Day was begun and first observed back in 1978, and is now widely celebrated throughout the Tolkien fandom. Parties are thrown, food is eaten, and most of all, the life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien is remembered and cherished.
Tolkien Week – September 18 – 24, 2016
Tolkien Week also began back in 1978 and is observed every year in September, falling on the week containing September 22 (Hobbit Day). The week honors not only J. R. R. Tolkien, but also his son, Christopher Tolkien, by celebrating The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The Histories of Middle-earth.
Many events, seminars, giveaways, and contests run throughout this week, so be sure to check out your local Tolkien Society, smial, or group for the latest. Be sure to check out our HOME page for the latest festivities!