Hobbit Day!

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I was going to post a poem explanation today, but realized that it was going to take a lot longer to write than I expected. I still wanted to post something, because as you might have noticed there was no book review yesterday. That’s because I’m still hard at work on a mountain of a novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Gee, I really have to check those names three times for typos. Anyways, I probably won’t be finished with it for next week, but I will have a poem explanation for you (or explication, as my high school English teachers would have called it). Sneak peek — it’s going to be about T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” which is one of my favorite poems as well as a quite challenging one to tackle.

What is this post about? It’s about Hobbit Day!

What is Hobbit Day, you might ask? And as you might expect, it’s a party (not an unexpected one, unfortunately!) that takes its theme from The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork. (Sorry, Lord of the Rings, but The Hobbit has to take top marks from me.) I’m a big hobbit fan. You might have picked up on that if you read my post Characterization: Four types of effective characters, in which I argued that Bilbo Baggins is an example of an effective, well-rounded, and overall good character. And honestly, the same could go for many of Tolkien’s other characters. The man was a genius!

On Hobbit Day, one cooks in the morning and eats a lot in the afternoon, enjoys good company, tells riddles, indulges in a treasure hunt, and has lots of fun. Here are some the things we eat, in list form:

  • Seed cake (lemon and poppyseed)
  • Pork pie, apple pie, beef pie, you name it pie
  • Roast lamb
  • And so on and so forth… I’m hungry already!

My family likes themed parties. One year we had a Wallace and Gromit party. Wallace and Gromit, for those of you who don’t know, are the stars of a popular claymation movie series. The hobbit party, though, is the only one that’s stuck. This is going to be the 14th annual Hobbit Day… which means that I was six years old when the first one took place! Back then, it was just my family, my closest friend and her family, and my grandmother. Now it’s fifty-odd people, and I’m always looking for more. Anyone remotely close to me is in danger of getting an invite to Hobbit Day. But who wouldn’t want one? Food, food, and more food… do you hear me, people? And riddles. And singing. Did I mention the singing?

If you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure I’ll have time to treat you to a few pictures of the food. If you don’t, perhaps I’ll save them for a more involved post on hobbits and Hobbit Day. I do love me some hobbits. (I hear the chorus already… NERD!)

But honestly, The Hobbit remains one of my favorite books. It was one of the first long books that my dad read to me as a child, it was the first book I read on my own after learning to read, and it’s a book I’ve read again and again throughout my life. So, to conclude this brief post, here’s a piece of wisdom:

You can usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. gay says:

    First off I would like to say great blog!

    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t
    mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.

    I have had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out.
    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems
    like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying
    to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thank you!

    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply, and thanks for your comment! This is a really important matter, because we’ve all found ourselves staring at the blank page from time to time wondering where to begin. What I’ve done for myself is create a routine that centers me, so to speak, and gets me ready to write. For example, I put on the same music every time I’m preparing to write. Also, if I find that I really don’t know where to begin, I’ll write anything at all. No writing is ever a waste of time, so writing anything is better than writing at all, even if the anything is nonsense! This is a really good topic that I’d love to do a post on, so you can watch out for it.

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