Fans prepare to celebrate Hobbit Day

Fans of JRR Tolkien books ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ may be preparing to celebrate Hobbit Day this weekend as part of Tolkien Week.

The occasion takes place on September 22nd every year as that is the date of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthdays in the books, reported, although they were supposedly born many years apart.

What makes this day extra special in 2012 is that it comes just one day after the 75th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Hobbit’. According to the American Tolkien Society (ATS), Hobbit Day mostly involves food, costumes and games, for which revellers may use event spaces.

“Hobbit Day is a virtually ideal holiday, incorporating attractive elements of several others: the masquerade fun of Halloween, the feast of Thanksgiving, the exchange of greeting cards and gifts associated with Christmas and birthdays,” noted the ATS.

In addition to celebrating the books written by Tolkien, fans will also soon be able to see two new films based on his work. ‘The Hobbit’ has been split into two movies, with the first one coming out on December 14th in the UK.

According to, the trailer for the fist one, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’, is now being shown in cinemas around the world as well as online.