Hobbit Day

September the 22nd is Hobbit Day.

Why?

It being the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books. According to the fictional setting, Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

I’m posting because that way it’s still technically the 22nd of September where I live. So celebrate by playing with a Dragon or two, and HAVE that second breakfast!

Did you know? Due to the discrepancies between the fictional Shire calendar and the Gregorian calendar there is some debate about when to celebrate Hobbit Day, since the actual birthday would be between September 12 and 14 in the Gregorian calendar, as explained in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.

Personally, I think when we talk about fiction, you need to stick with the fiction world’s calendar. It is always nice when the real world and the fiction world can work together. However, sometimes it is even nicer, to not have the real world collide with the fiction world. Keep the real world and the fiction world separated.

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