“Bilbo and Frodo happened to have the same birthday, September 22nd,” wrote Tolkien. And since 1978, September 22 (Wednesday) has become the annual date that LOTR fans celebrate Hobbit Day by dressing in costume, eating themselves silly, drinking a bit, singing songs, watching the movies, shooting fireworks, and walking barefoot.
This year we will be joining the fellowship of the nerds. This will require a trip to the grocery store and, in our case, since I don’t hunt, I’ll be driving across town for coney. But it’s worth it. After we finish our sixth meal of the day we’ll read some passages from the LOTR trilogy or from The Hobbit.
Stephanie is one blogger who cooked up a Hobbit Day feast back in 2007. Here’s her menu:
- First Breakfast: omelet, mushrooms, bacon (cooked in the fireplace), and coffee
- Second Breakfast: whipped cream and berries, seedcakes
- Elevensies: bread, cheese, fruits. This is when the ale started.
- Luncheon: leek and mushroom-stuffed puff pastry boxes, cold chicken
- Afternoon Tea: seedcakes, banana bread and Keemun tea
- Dinner: coney (rabbit) stew with red wine, onions, garlic, carrots and herbs, cooked in the fireplace for about 6 hours
- Supper: we were going to have a selection green salads, but could only muster up enough hunger for a few sprigs of watercress
Be creative—and enjoy!