Sunday, September 20, 2009

Celebrate Tolkien Week

"Come, my precious..." and join the fun during Tolkien Week (Sept 20 - 26, 2009). This special week honors J. R. R. Tolkien and his son/editor, Christopher J. R. Tolkien. It is a celebration of the Middle-earth cycle: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (including The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.

The highlight of Tolkien Week is Hobbit Day, which is always celebrated on Sept. 22. Why the 22nd? That special date is marks the birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins; it is the date of the Long Awaited Party. In keeping with that theme, some libraries, schools, and bookstores prepare displays or host seminars about Tolkien and his works. Other celebrations are more festive. Take the Hobbit Day Celebration at the Parmly Billings Library in Billings Montana, for example. Patrons can make Hobbit Day cards, enjoy tea with crumpets, and view a special screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

However you decide to celebrate, make it a great week. Fun activities for Hobbit Day could include costume contests, games, exchanging cards/gifts and feasts. Another way to celebrate is to visit your local library and check out your favorite Tolkien tome.

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