Thursday, 19 September 2013

Hobbit Day

Hobbit Day is celebrated on September 22, the birthday of two very admirable Hobbits: Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

I've always considered myself part Hobbit (somewhat on the Took-ish side, I'm sure), so celebrating the Baggins boys' birthday is a must.
Last year it was a bigger affair than usual, with six Hobbits, two Dwarves, a Human and even a Rohirrim celebrating the day in our garden.

A notice appeared on the gate at Bag End:
Then Thursday, September the 22nd, actually dawned. 
The sun got up, the clouds vanished, flags were unfurled and the fun began.

Setting the scene

The main setting for the party was The Hobblin' Goblin, an inn similar to The Green Dragon, where we spent most of our time - you've guessed it - eating.

The brilliant thing about this barrel is that you can open the back and put an apple juice box in there.

My go-to last minute / low cost gift is cake sparklers.
Wrap them up in brown paper, bind some twine around and write on it.
Voilà, Gandalf's fireworks.
The little ones got glow sticks.

‘Get up, old stone!’ he said, and broke his stick upon the stooping troll.

Though they are quite a way from Hobbiton, I really wanted to have one of the stone trolls from Bilbo's stories, so my mum and sister made Bill (William).
We had him for another few months, 'till a crow 'killed' him.

Party Favours

Hobbits give presents to other people on their own birthdays.
As a welcome present everyone got a box with salt from the Shire plus an additional like a cross stitch pendant, a box of shortbread, or incense cones for 'smoking' pipes.

Make your own Cross Stitch Pendant:
round .eps | heart .eps

Buy one of my Shire Salt Boxes.

    [...]Bilbo, had been specializing in food for many years and his table had a high reputation.

    Food (good food at that, and lots of it) plays a very large part in a Hobbit's life.
    So here's the most important bit of information you should know on Hobbit Day - your meals:

    • Breakfast
    • Second Breakfast
    • Elevenses
    • Luncheon
    • Afternoon Tea
    • Dinner
    • Supper

    Our guests arrived just in time for elevenses and from that point on most of the day was spent eating.
    My sister baked and cooked the most, but almost everyone contributed something.

     Bread & Sausages
    (& Butter & Cheeses)

    (& Cream & Jam)

     Apple Pie

     Scotch Egg Pie
    (& Mashed Potatoes)

     Victoria Sponge

    And no, this isn't anywhere near everything we had.


    Leisurely outdoor and old British Pub games seem to be best suited for Hobbits.
    Nothing that is too exciting or too exhausting. (You won't want to move much after all the food anyways.)

    Apple Toss

    A bushel basket is placed at a distance, players try to toss their "apples" into it. The player with the most apples in the bushel at the end of the round wins.

    Make your own Apple Toss Game:
    bushel basket - info | template 1, 2 | .eps 1, 2
    apples - info

    Pub Games
    Make your own Pub Games:
    Rings - info | template | .eps
    Ring the Bull - info | template | .eps

    Parting gifts

    There were several labels of this sort: [...]
    For LOBELIA SACKVILLE-BAGGINS, as a PRESENT, on a case of silver spoons.
    Bilbo believed that she had acquired a good many of his spoons, while he was away on his former journey.

    The theme for the second batch of party favours was Bilbo's parting gifts.
    I really like the part in the book and had a few prop 'gifts' lying around, labeled to various of Bilbo's relations and friends mentioned in it.
    (Spoons and waste-paper baskets are quite easy to get hold of.)

    As far as the actual gifts go, the grown-ups got a sack full of Bamfurlong vegetables, grown on old farmer Maggot's land, and 'Herblore of the Shire', a book by Meriadoc Brandybuck concerning pipe-weed.
    (I'm not happy with it, but here's my handwritten version of Herblore if you'd like it. The rest of the book consisted of empty pages, so it's pretty much a journal. Also, here's the Bamfurlong graphic.)

    Other parting gifts were wooden swords (only for those adventurous Tooks, mind you), Pecking Hens and Apple Toss games.

    Shirelings and other people
    Doro Littlebottom
    Elderberry Littlebottom
    Lily Littlebottom
    Gimli, son of Glóin
    Dandelion Proudfoot
    Glóin, son of Gróin
    Orangeblossom Gamgee-Took
    Teriadoc Brandlbuck
    Anna of the Rihirrim

    Some additional shots

    Functional clothing

    Beautiful pipe with initials

    Heart pendant
    Glóin's helmet

    Enjoy your day!


    1. I loved our last Hobbit Day :3
      This year's will be small, but next year we'll have a feast again *nod*

      And thanks for putting the Sauron's eye over my face XD Such an improvement~

      1. (Sauron's eye...minus 'the' >w<; was going to write 'the all seeing eye' before)

      2. Yesh, definitely another big one next year ^^

        And you're stupid *pokes*

    2. This is so cool. Too bad my friends aren't quite as into Middle Earth as I am... so we can't really organize something like this. Instead I just reread the books, or marathon the movies with the few who are.

      1. Thanks ^^
        Too bad for not having enough Middle Earth appreciating friends, but marathoning the movies is always a good idea ;)