Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hobbit Day

Happy Hobbit Day Everyone! 

What?! You didn't know it was Hobbit Day! Well, in 1978 the American Tolkien Society declared Sept. 22nd Hobbit Day.  The best way to celebrate Hobbit Day, in my opinion, is to watch the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies and to have a Hobbit feast.  Any excuse to have second breakfast is a good idea to me.  Also many  people (and by many people I mean devoted LotR fans) chose not to wear shoes on the day.  I personally will not be partaking in this activity, but I think second breakfast sounds wonderful.

In celebration of Hobbit Day I thought it would be fun to include some hobbit facts!
The facts come from Yahoo! Movies, The Times, Mental Floss, and i09
  1. 'An Unexpected Journey' is the first Middle Earth film directed by Peter Jackson to not feature a speaking character that is an ordinary human. That is to say that there are no characters from the 'race of men'. Wizards and hobbits are not men, and the rest of the characters are dwarves, elves or monsters.
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the first line of The Hobbit – “in a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit” – as he doodled phrases while marking school exam papers. He developed the story as a spoken tale to his children. 
  3. The dwarfs hair and beards are real hair--not human though from a yak!
  4. Every character on the Hobbit (including extras) wears a wig.
  5. Tolkien invented foriegn languages for fun.A philologist by trade, Tolkien kept his mind exercised by inventing new languages, many of which (like the Elvish languages Quenya and Sindarin) he used extensively in his writing. He even wrote songs and poems in his fictional languages. In addition, Tolkien worked to reconstruct and write in extinct languages like Medieval Welsh and Lombardic. His poem "BagmÄ“ Blomā" ("Flower of the Trees") might be the first original work written in the Gothic language in over a millennium

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