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A Good Day to be Hobbitish

Tomorrow is Hobbit Day, y’all, the day Tolkien fans everywhere celebrate all things Lord of the Rings by running around barefoot, eating second breakfast, gathering with other nerds to discuss the stories and lore, or whatever else strikes one’s fancy.

I always go around barefoot, though, because I’m a hobbit at heart. Really. There are whacky quizzes out there that will tell you which LOTR character or race you are, and so far I’ve always gotten a hobbit. Not that I need a quiz to tell me that!

A couple of years ago my brother and I marked this auspicious occasion with a picnic and marathon of all six movies – the Hobbit trilogy and the EXTENDED edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It took us almost 24 hours. It was a little crazy, people, and let me tell you that returning to the real world after spending that long in Middle-earth with all these great characters and epic adventures is a surreal experience. And a little disappointing, I’ll admit, but at the same time it helps give you some perspective on things. I don’t have to outwit a dragon, fend off armies, or carry an object of dark powers into a volcano, so what have I to be so stressed about? In light of these things, what are any of my so-called problems?

I don’t know yet what I’ll do this year, but it may involve a reread of The Hobbit. I should do a reread of the trilogy, too, since it’s been a good few years since I last read them, and now I finally have my very own set!

Aren’t they pretty?

They’re a little rough around the edges, but still in great shape, and an excellent example of ‘the best treasures are often found when you aren’t looking for them’. (I’m not sure if anyone actually ever said that, but it’s exactly what happened).

A while ago I wrote up a ‘featured author’ post about Tolkien, and you can find it here (psst, it has pictures). Also, last week I saw the new Tolkein movie, which is a dramatization of his life leading up to The Hobbit, and I enjoyed it very much. You will, too, I’m sure.

Are any of you dear readers LOTR fans, too? What do you plan on doing to celebrate Hobbit Day?

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