Gandalf the Grey said it best: “Hobbits really are amazing creatures.” This September 22, celebrate National Hobbit Day by recognizing J.R.R. Tolkien’s most lovable and heroic characters. Shy, yet capable of great courage; reluctant to leave their homes, yet thirsty for adventure; quiet and peaceful, yet eager to host parties, Hobbits have endeared generations with their affable complexities. This Fall, enjoy one of Tolkien’s classic written works, and let your imagination take you on an adventure alongside Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. Just remember: “home is behind, the world ahead” – J.R.R. Tolkien.
National Hobbit Day - History
December 6, 2012
The Hobbit is released
"The Hobbit," the original story and the true beginning the epic journey, is released and grosses $37 million on opening night.
December 19, 2001
Hobbits go Hollywood
The first installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, "The Fellowship of the Ring," is released and introduces hobbits to the big screen.
Tolkien sold the movie rights, plus rights to tie-in products, for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to United Artists for £100,000.
September 21, 1937
The Hobbit is born
On September 21, 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," was published. It opened to widespread critical acclaim.
National Hobbit Day Activities
1. Have a feast
Hobbits enjoyed as many as 6 meals a day, so make sure that your festivities include a good amount of food. Known for their well-stocked pantries, Hobbits never miss a chance to sit down amongst friends and dine away.
2. Give a few gifts
Represent one of the peaceful pursuits of hobbits by giving gifts and sharing in the spirit of community. Simple, creative gifts, such as toys, jewelry, and small musical instruments are perfect tokens to remember the festivities.
3. Go on an adventure
In the spirit of hobbits, throw caution to the wind, and step out from your cozy household and explore the world. Whether it be a short walk, or a grander endeavor, experience the thrill of the unknown, just like a Baggins.
5 Amazing Facts About The Film "The Hobbit"
1. It used an entire country’s paint supply
The Hobbit crew used up all of the gold paint in New Zealand when creating Smaug's lair. They had to order more and get it flown in from Germany.
2. It has the longest film battle in history
"The Battle of The Five Armies" holds the world record for the longest fight sequence in a film, at 45 minutes in the theatrical version.
3. It was a "hairy" business
All of the dwarves' beards and hair were made of real yak hair. Some of the wig and beard combinations cost the makeup department upwards of $10,000.
4. A seven-year-old girl’s roar is pretty terrifying
The first roar the audience hears from Smaug is actually a sound-bite of the SFX Director's seven-year-old daughter making a roaring noise. It was manipulated and corrected to sound like a dragon and was put in the movie.
5. The film broke more than box office records
During a midnight screening in Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the cinema's speakers broke after Smaug's first roar.
Why We Love National Hobbit Day
A. Hobbits have great adventures
In the land of Middle-earth, filled with dragons, trolls, elves, magic, and danger, there is never an end to the fun and trouble. Enjoy an adventure that will make your imagination explode.
B. Hobbits are as loyal as they come
No matter the challenges that befell its characters, The Hobbit always stayed true to its main theme – friendship. Through every turn, every test, and every trial, hobbits remain steadfast in their love and loyalty to one another.
C. Good always prevails
The Hobbit is a classic story about good versus evil. While those who fight for good certainly experience struggles and loss, their faith that good will triumph never waivers, and in the end, they are victorious.