September 22nd is Hobbit Day, a celebration of the “great feats and amazing acts of courage” demonstrated by J.R.R. Tolkein’s heroic hobbits. Hobbit Day has been celebrated each year since Tolkein’s death in 1973. Though there has been some debate about which date to celebrate, most fans have designated September 22nd as Hobbit Day since it marks the birdthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two of the hobbits from Tolkein’s books. Hobbit Day is honored with readings of the fantastic Micddle Earth Cycle books, Lord Of The Rings movie viewings, or themed feasts, games, and costumes.
The Hobbit was first published on September 21, 1937, seventy-four years ago yesterday. It’s hard to believe that the timeless story is as old as it is, but in spite of its age, the timeless tale remains popular. The Hobbit has enjoyed a consistent history of critical aclaim, loyal readers, and inspired adaptations. The book has never been out of print and has been translated into over 40 languages. Although the story has a heavy focus on themes such as personal growth and maturation, it’s sequal, The Lord of the Rings, is often noted as its greatest legacy. In fact, Tolkein made several changes to The Hobbit in subsequent editions in order to accomadate the expanding storyline and change in tone evident in the sequal.
Unlike Chris, who hasn’t seen any of the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies, I love the story of the hobbits, their jolly ways, and harrowing adventures. Although i never read any of Tokein’s books, I have fond memories of being a little kid, curling up in front of the TV to watch the 1977 cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit. I think my brother and I used to watch this often — so much so, in fact, that when I came across the DVD at a yard sale years later, I just had to buy it for my collection.
To celebrate Hobbit Day Chris and I decided to watch the 1977 cartoon I’d nabbed all those years ago. Unfortunately, when I turned to my DVD collection I couldn’t find the movie anywhere. I arranged to borrow the Lord of the Rings movies from my parents instead, but ended up finding The Hobbit we were searching for on YouTube. Chris and I watched the movie in our bedroom since our BluRay in that room is internet ready and features a YouTube app.