September 22, 2015

Happy Hobbit Day! - Activity/Meal Ideas

While the world knows today as September 22nd, us Hobbit fans worldwide take the date to celebrate some of our favorite stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, especially the ones containing halflings.  Within the legendarium, today marks the very important occasion of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins' birthdays.  In the real world this date lies within "Tolkien Week" (which begins the Sunday before the 22nd) and one day after The Hobbit's publication anniversary.  This year, 2015, marks the 78th anniversary since the adventure of Bilbo Baggins was available to readers in the UK!  You can join me and thousands of other fans worldwide by celebrating today and all week long!  Need a few ideas to get started?  Below are some of my favorite Hobbit Day activities.



Food Ideas

Hobbit Meal
For this meal eat the types of food eaten by hobbits which could include seed cake, potatoes (preferably mashed), other steamed vegetables (e.g. carrots or squash), and a main dish of chicken (baked would be fine).  Milk, water, or tea is suggested for the drink.  Be sure to have some cheeses and crackers or toast with raspberry jam.  An apple, blueberry, or pumpkin pie for dessert is also highly recommended.


Dwarf Meal

For this meal feast on anything meat, chicken, turkey, beef, pig, etc.  Different types of meat are to be eaten for the appetizer, sides, and main course.  If you're feeling a bit too carnivorous feel free to add on some chips, crackers, or even a light salad.


Elf Meal

Unlike the dwarvish meal, a healthier selection is recommended which could include salad(s), fruits, yogurt, and a small amount of meat.  Lembas bread should be eaten with this meal as well.  Fruit juice or water is the suggested beverage.  A “fancier” dessert is also recommended which could include cheesecake, truffles, or ice cream sundaes.

Gollum Meal

The main course for this meal includes a type of freshwater fish (cooked, not raw).  Be creative and add make some sides or steal a few favorite items from the other meals.  For dessert we suggest an Oreo crumb covered chocolate mousse with gummy worms.


Miscellaneous Items

Bag End Cupcakes or Cookies (These are vanilla cupcakes or sugar cookies with Bilbo’s door designed with frosting.  Don't forget the "G" rune!)

Afternoon Tea (enjoy a nice cup of tea whilst munching on a few sweets)

Doughnut rings of power


Happy Birthday Bilbo & Frodo Baggins!
Activities

v  Daily Tolkien Reading Sessions (Read parts of any Tolkien books or translations such as The Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Hurin, he Father Christmas Letters, Farmer Giles of HamRoverandom, Beowulf,  etc.)

v  Movie Marathon (Watch all the Middle-earth movies over the course of the week.  These aren't necessarily limited to Sir Peter Jackson’s interpretations either.)

v Play With LEGO LotR/Hobbit Sets/Video Games

v  Listen to (or even play if you're musically gifted) parts of the soundtracks written by Howard Shore

v  Watch LotR/Hobbit bonus features (included with the films)

v  Draw/paint scenes or characters from Middle-earth

v  Research about places or peoples that influenced Middle-earth (Ideas include reading or watching a documentary about the Anglo-Saxon or Norse people.  Reading about Tolkien’s life could also qualify)

v  Write Research Papers or Essays (They would of course have to be about something from Middle-earth or Tolkien’s life.)

v  Write stories based on un-explored characters and/or places from Middle-earth (The stories should be consistent with Tolkien’s published work)



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