22 Sep 2010

A Long-Expected Party - Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo !

On September 22nd, 2890 a little hobbit was born to Bungo Baggins and Belladonna Baggins (née Took). The little baby hobbit was named Bilbo, and although the exact location of his birth is not recorded it is most likely it was at Bag End on the Hill . 78 years later, on September 22nd, 2968, an other little hobbit was born to Drogo Baggins and Primula Baggins (née Brandybuck), in Buckland, the baby was named Frodo. Today we celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday with a Long-Expected Party. September is a very busy month in the Shire as it is Harvest time, and hobbits are busy getting ready for the winter, Tolkien's choice of September 22nd for so many important events in not just a coincidence, he was a great believer in rural and farming life , and he knew that September 22nd is the time when farming communities celebrate the Harvest Festival.

This is the time to look back on the past year and what you have achieved and learnt, and to plan for the future, so this is why so much importance is given to this month, and this particular day in Tolkien's Legendarium. Many events will take place over the years in Middle-Earth on this day , the celebration of Bilbo and Frodo's birthday in 3001 (The Fellowship of the Ring). Bilbo and the Dwarves reaching Lake-Town where they enjoy a nice feast (The Hobbit). Frodo leaving the Shire with Sam in 3018, as the journey of the One Ring begins (The Fellowship of the Ring). Samwise Gamgee leaving the Shire in 3082 , after passing the Red Book to his daughter Elanor, to make his way to the Grey Havens, and pass over Sea,into the West... last of the Ring-bearers (from the appendices). A very special day indeed.