Today is September 22nd, otherwise known as Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday for those of us more hobbit-minded. What, you don’t have anything planned yet? Well, no worries. While not (yet) a nationally recognised holiday, here are some easy ways to celebrate the day, including some menu ideas for the celebrating the day in proper Hobbit fashion. Even though this year has changed the way we celebrate occasions, and who with, it’s still very possible to enjoy Hobbit Day (with safe social distancing) and have a feast worthy of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and all Hobbits!
Get together with some of your LotR friends and work out some riddles together. “Riddles in the Dark” was always one of my favorite chapters in the Hobbit, and with the magic of the internet, you’ve got thousands of choices.
Draw a map. One of Tolkien’s biggest draws continues to be the world that he created. Take some time with your geeklets and create your own map, pad and pencil style, or something fancier.
Do a back-to-back showing of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. (I would probably leave this for the weekend this year, but it’s still one of the best ways to brush up on your LotR knowledge).
Take a hike in the woods and learn about the trees. Tolkien loved trees, and marveled at their mystery, a theme very apparent in his works. Take your kids out to the trail and collect leaves and seeds, then bring them home and try to identify them.
Read some passages of The Hobbit aloud, or try some of Tolkien’s lesser-known poetry together. Stoke up the fire, pour yourself some cider (non-alcoholic, in my case 😀 ), and enjoy the company of your own family. That’s probably the most hobbity thing you can do!
If you are planning to hold a Hobbit Day party, remember it will be an all-day event, because, after all, no true Hobbit celebration is complete without all the mealtimes: Breakfast, second breakfast, elevenes, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.
Hobbit Meal Suggestions
Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast designed to hold hungry hobbits over until the next meal. Serve a selection of filling carbs paired with meats, jams, and coffee or tea.
- Mini quiche made with cheese, bacon, or vegetables
- Honey nut cake and marmalade
- Hobbit hash (potatoes, leeks, spinach, and cheese)
- Omelet made with curry spices, onions, and tomatoes
- Biscuits topped with sausage, eggs, and a smothering of gravy
“What about second breakfast?” as Pippin says. Second breakfast is usually a bit lighter and less savory than its predecessor. Offer up sweet pastries, fruits, or toast with jams and jellies. It’s important, however, that your halfling food still includes plenty of meat.
- Strawberry french toast with a side of sausage
- Rice pudding paired with a side of bacon
- Scones and clotted cream
- Breakfast pie made with salmon, leeks, eggs, and cream
- Bread topped with butter and honey served with a side of fruit and bacon
Elevenses is a mid-morning tea time snack designed to hold halflings over until lunchtime. This meal most closely resembles a continental breakfast and is perfect for pairing with tea or coffee.
- Elven lembas bread
- Lavender and lemon muffins
- Strawberry shortcake with cream
- Caraway seed cake
- Lemon tea cake
After a morning of lighter fare, luncheon should be filled with hearty, warm dishes designed to keep hobbits’ hunger at bay. Depending on your preference, it can be filled with meat, mushrooms, fish, vegetables, and other earthy flavors. No matter what you serve, be sure to finish off the meal with a slice of heavy, multigrain bread.
- Potato and onion soup
- Fish and chips
- Shepherd’s pie
- Roast mutton
- Scotch eggs
Given a hobbit’s love of social calls and gossip, it’s no surprise afternoon tea is a meal meant for socialising with one another. Pair the following sweet treats with tea, coffee, or mead.
- Ring cookies
- Berry pie
- Mixed berry cobbler
- Bakewell tarts
- Apple pie and cream
When served in the evening time, dinner is generally the largest meal of the day. Serve plenty of meats and vegetables to create a proper hobbit dinner. Pair these meal ideas with filling breads, cheese, and drinks.
- Cottage pie
- Spiced beef and roasted vegetables
- Savory porridge
- Pepper-crusted steak served with potatoes
- Cheddar soup
This final meal needs to hold hobbits over until the next morning. Similar to dinner, your supper should contain plenty of meats, bread, cheeses, and ale. It wouldn’t be a bad time to break out the charcuterie board.
- Mushroom soup
- Salad served with fresh herbs and hardboiled eggs
- Roasted chicken
- Rabbit stew