A Hobbit-ish Celebration // Frodo & Bilbo's Birthday!

by - 7:00 AM

Just for those I haven't informed yet...we have made it home from NC! Our house only sustained minor damage, thank goodness, and we are slowly trying to get back to a normal schedule. (I'm struggling a lot with this for whatever reason. *sighs*) I'm also feeling a lot better now, though I'm left with this nasty drainage. :P ANYWAY. Thought you all might want an update. *salutes and ducks out*

Greetings, my friends! Today we are gathered to commemorate the ongoing legacy of two of the most beloved characters of all time. Care to guess who they are?

Because they're obviously blind and couldn't read the title of the post.

You know, you really should get a hobby, Lieutenant. Being the Person Who Inserts Annoying Comments at Birthday Parties isn't exactly a title that rolls off the tongue.

What about the Most Dashing Person in History? That seems to fit.

*grits teeth in fake smile* Yeah. Sure. (Anything to shut you up.)

Ooooookay then. Today is Frodo and Bilbo's birthday! These two brave hobbits both accomplished amazing feats (with the help of friends) and their legacies live on even now. In honor of their special day, I have decided to do a Lord of the Rings post.

So impressive. *yawns*

This whole week is actually Tolkien Week, and Hamlette is throwing a smashing party over at her blog. As today is the culmination of all the festivities, I am participating in the fun little tag Hamlette created. Prepare for looooots of fangirling. ;)

1. How long have you been a Tolkien fan?

I first discovered the movies (yes, I saw them first; don't you dare judge me, Lizzy) back on January 10, 2014. And the reason I remember the exact date? Well...they were pretty memorable movies. (Plus it was a Big Deal for me to watch them so the date is burned into my brain.)

I loved them even after my first viewing, but it took a second time for them to really sink in and take the hallowed spot as my favorite movie series of all time. After that, there was no turning back.

2. Has your love of Middle-earth affected your life?

A THOUSAND TIMES YES. Middle-earth is my home. It's like a piece of my heart was bound into these tales long ago, and I'm more complete now that I've found it.  They are, hands-down, one of the most influential stories in my life.

3. If you had to take the One Ring to Mordor, which character would you choose for your sole companion?

I was about to say Legolas, but...I honestly feel that would be awkward? We're both quiet and it would just be weird between us. (Especially since I would just spend 99.785% of the time just staring at his flawless hair. #potentiallyawkward)

I'd probably have to go with Gandalf. Not because he's my favorite character, per se, but because I'd be least likely to die (whether from orcs or awkwardness) with him around. And he's pretty awesome. He would make me feel a lot safer than if I had just one hobbit with me. ;)

4. Which is scarier, Shelob or the Balrog?

SHELOB. *burrows under covers and shivers* We hates spiders, precious.

5. Which two towers do you think Tolkien was referring to in the title The Two Towers? (i.e. Orthanc, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol, Minas Morgul, or Minas Tirith)

I've always thought it was Orthanc and Barad-dûr, like a lot of people have said, but Hamlette's answer made a lot of sense. Tolkien could have meant Barad-dûr and Minas Tirith, as the two were kind of the "light vs. darkness" towers.

6. Whose wardrobe would you like to have?

Need I say more??

But also this. 

To be honest, I would also be completely satisfied with Bilbo's fabulous wardrobe.

7. What do you think an Ent Draught would taste like?

*squints* Um. Like dirt? Leaves? Grass? Tree bark?

(Or is that considered cannibalism?)

8. Where in Middle-earth would you like to live?

TAKE ME TO RIVENDELL PLEASE OKAY THANKS. <3 I want to I peruse Elrond's library and take walks along the bridges with the waterfalls flowing behind me and sit amongst the autumnal colors and just breathe. 

I adore Rivendell. (Though the Shire is lovely...I would love to live there if the Elves got tired of me. *winks*)

9. Do you have any Tolkien-related opinions that surprise other people?

Oh yay. Controversial issues time! Time to lose some friends...


1) I actually...don't love the LotR books? I've only read FotR so far, but it was frankly one of the hardest books I've ever read. I still enjoyed it, but it was significantly less engaging than the movies. I don't think I would have liked the book if I hadn't seen the movies first. (Weird but true.)

2) I like the Hobbit movies. *cue gasps from the book purists* YES, IT'S TRUE. I do like the movies! I thought they were great, although I like the book more, ironically. They're both wonderful in their own ways.

3) I don't care for Faramir that much, but I like Boromir. I don't have much to say about this except, um, I just don't get the obsession I've seen with Faramir? Sure, he's a good character, and I don't dislike him, but I've just never been a huge fan for whatever reason. However, I love how Boromir's character was done and feel 1000% protective of him. A lot of people I know perceive him as "evil" or "inferior" for falling to temptation, but guys...he's so much more than one bad decision. His relationship with the hobbits melts my heart, and I love his relationship with Faramir. (See? You don't have to disown me...right? *pleading look*)

4) I love Frodo. I just do. In my top 5 favorite LotR character post, I discussed why more in-depth, but the short version? He's a hero. Although people say Sam is the "real hero"...I'd say that's only partially true. They both needed each other, and Frodo is arguably one of the strongest characters in the series. 

10. List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotations from the books or movies.

Stealing all my answers from last year's tag because I'm extremely resourceful.

The proper term is lazy.

NOT YOU AGAIN. Be quiet or I'll send Legolas after you. He never misses. *warning glare*

Like I said, I'm using all the quotes from the tag that I completed for last year's party. They're all from the movie versions, mostly because I don't know many of the book-ones by heart.

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." 

/ / /

"Some believe it is only great power that can keep evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."

/ / / 

"I would rather share one lifetime with you than spend all the ages of this world alone."

/ / /

"Anyway, you need people of intelligence of this sort of mission...quest...thing."

/ / /

"There's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for."

/ / / 

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." (Okay, this is actually a different one from last time.)

/ / / 

"Go back to your books, your fireplace. Plant your trees, watch them grow. If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world."

/ / /

"A wizard is never late, Frodo. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to." 

/ / /

"Not all those who wander are lost."

/ / /

"You left out one of the chief characters--Samwise the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. Frodo wouldn't have gotten far without Sam."

"Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn't make fun. I was being serious."

"So was I."

/ / / 

*is sitting here contentedly staring at all the quotes* I LOVE THESE STORIES SO MUCH. <33

And so, we are here, at the end of all things. I'm a few friends shorter, a few hours older (news flash: this post took hours to write), and a few degrees more in love with Lord of the Rings than I was before.

But wait! There's more. (Yes, I lied. Very un-Christian of me. :P) Because my brain is dead and I can't come up with anything creative, you get some bonus Lord of the Rings videos like last year. 

This one is particularly funny if you've seen Harry Potter (I have not), but it's still pretty hilarious otherwise. Studio C is ingenious, guys. GO WATCH THEM.


This post is all over the place, but I hope it's somewhat entertaining. (That's my goal. To entertain the world with my enlightening presence--oh dear, Lieutenant Bradshaw is being a bad influence. *side-glare*)


Happy Hobbit Day, my friends! What are some of your favorite LotR quotes? Whose wardrobe would you steal if you could? AND where in Middle-earth would you reside? (Pick the Shire so I can visit you.)

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  1. This post was beautiful k. Especially that vid oh my word. I've seen the studio c one before, but the other one... I was crying. Ahhh. Maybe we should organize a big New Zealand airlines trip for all the LotR fans. XD

  2. I honestly have never read/watched the LotR and I don't plan to. But I think its cool that other people are passionate about it. Great post! :D


  3. Yay! LotR! So much awesomeness. I too fell in love with Lord of the Rings by watching the movies first. I'm glad to see that I'm not alone!

  4. I would pick the Shire in the a heartbeat since my life goal is to become a Hobbit, though I would love to visit Rivendell from time to time. :)

  5. (Okay, first I have to tell you how happy I am you made it home safely and your house didn't take much damage. And that you're starting to feel better. I've been praying so hard! <3)


    "Especially since I would just spend 99.785% of the time just staring at his flawless hair. #potentiallyawkward" <---I'M LAUGHING SO HARD. XDDD But it's so relatable! I think I'd have to go with Aragorn. I mean, the dude can practically singlehandedly take down the entire orc army. If anyone can "simply walk into Mordor" I feel like it's him. XD

    I love your answer to the wardrobe question. XD Arwen's dresses are so very drool-worthy. And Bilbo has a pretty fabulous style, I have to say! Lol.

    I'D LOVE TO GO TO RIVENDELL TOOO. Although I think Lothlorien would be my first choice. It's a FOREST with giant trees as houses and elves everywhere and just sdkjflskjdf MY DREAM HOME. Of course I want to visit the Shire, too. Can I just visit ALL of Middle-earth???

    Your gif for the controversial question KILLED ME. XDDD And don't worry, I'm not going to disown you! As much as I utterly adore the book, it CAN be a heavy read. And I actually enjoyed The Hobbit movies, too. A lot of the stuff made me FURIOUS. Buuut I still enjoy watching them. I like Boromir, too! He's not my FAVORITE, but I don't DISlike him. He was a picture of a human that fell into temptation, and we ALL can succumb to that. He wasn't evil, he was just HUMAN, and I appreciated that about him. Besides, he redeemed himself in the end! Now Faramir I adore because of the books. Well, I love him in the movies, too. But the Faramir in the books is one of the greatest creations of all times. He. Was. Amazing. And they ruined so much of his amazingness in the movies, something I will never forgive. >.> Same with Frodo. I looooooooooove Frodo, but they did some unspeakable things to him in the movies. His book version was so better. But still, he IS a hero--his book version AND movie version, and it makes me sad the hate he gets.

    But I better stop now before I spend the next 5 hours sharing my LotR opinions. XD

    All the quotes you shared are some of my favorites, toooo. Really, just EVERYTHING is quotable!

    Oh my goodness, I've seen that Studio C video before and it is HILARIOUS. (Then again, it's Studio C so OF COURSE it's hilarious. XD) But AAAAHHHHHHH! I've never seen that other video! :O :O :O Life = MADE. That was one of the greatest things I've ever watched in my life. THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!

    Thank you for this whole post! If you can't tell from this monster comment, I LOVED IT!!!

    1. "I think I'd have to go with Aragorn. I mean, the dude can practically singlehandedly take down the entire orc army. If anyone can "simply walk into Mordor" I feel like it's him." I just had to say THANK YOU for that, because I'm a shameless Aragorn fangirl and that makes me so happy!! :)

  6. Someone else who really likes Legolas!! I know everyone else loves Aragorn, and he's nice but Legolas is better (One of the best things about the movies, Orlando Bloom playing him.) I noticed you didn't mention Aragorn in the whole post (except "Not all those who wander are lost.").

    I found your blog and I am liking it. I am going to go look around some more. So you didn't lose friends, but maybe make some? I will try to convince you to read the rest of the books. I was like, "Yeah, sure." before I read them. But then I read them. Wow, may I say, wow? But, I still need to see the movies so I can't really say anything until then. Also, thank you for not liking The Hobbit movies better!

    Your new friend, MovieCritic

  7. *pauses for a minute* *scrolls back up to post to make sure i have the facts straight*

    BORMOIR OVER FARAMIR?!?!?! Haha, Faramir is one of my favorites, hence my freakout. I totally understand though, Boromir is one of the most misunderstood characters EVER, in my opinion.

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

  8. WAIT... WHAT?! YOU DID NOT JUST CHOOSE BOROMIR OVER FARAMIR! Faramir's not my favorite and Boromir is not my least favorite but I mean, COME ON! (I sometimes feel protective over him too...)

    And, YES. Frodo is my favorite too! I agree with you that they both needed each other but Sam didn't carry the Ring until Frodo was unable to. The movies kind of make it look like Frodo is attacking Sam for just wanting to help (it just looks like that to me, okay?!)

    That picture of Bilbo though! I would like his wardrobe too... XD

  9. I just got a copy of The Hobbit the other day. I can't wait to start it. =D


  10. I love Tolkien too. ^ ^ I personally think the Two Towers are Isengard and Barad-Dur, because the movie focuses on that alliance. And I think an Ent Draught would taste like sweet sap. And I love the Hobbit movies too. ^ ^


  11. Love this! And I won't disown you for disliking Faramir, as you haven't read Two Towers. In my (sort of) humble opinion, he was HORRIBLY done in the movies. And I like Boromir too. HE IS NOT A BAD GUY. *cough cough*
    In The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, he said that he wrote LotR in SIX parts, but had to combine them to three because of publishing costs. He didn't think parts 3 and 4 went together very well and liked the title The Two Towers because it was ambiguous. I think he eventually decided it meant Orthanc and the tower where the orcs take Frodo at the end.
    OKAY, nerd-rant over, I'm sorry. :)

  12. I read the Hobbit + LotR books first (as an older teenager), and found them... a bit hard to visualise. Then I watched the movies, and now I've reread the books several times - using the visuals (e.g. what the characters look like) from the movies to ground me.

    As others have said... book!Faramir is FAR superior to movie!Faramir. He never attempts to take the ring, for starters - saying that even if he saw it on the road he wouldn't pick it up if he knew what it was. (pretty sure... it's been a little while since my last reading) But I agree that Boromir doesn't deserve the hate he sometimes gets!

    And the SHIRE obviously. Because adventures are very nice, but a snuggly little (*cough* extensive) hobbit hole with a nice (*cough* extensive) larder, and with lovely scenery, parties etc - well, that wins every time! <3
    Jem Jones

  13. I saw the movies first too! Well, for LOTR. I read The Hobbit when I was like 15 and didn't like it. (I like the Hobbit movies way better.)

    Also, BOROMIR. Is my beloved. Fave character in LOTR, no questions. Not even Sam comes close. Faramir is very good and very noble and very right and very boring, but Boromir is real and flawed and honorable and has one of the best character arcs in the books even though he's only in about half of one book.

    So there :-)

    Thanks for joining the party!

  14. SHELOOOOOOB. *runs and hides with you*

    I love the Hobbit movies too! I don't know why they don't get more love... :( Bilbo is hilarious and sassy and all the dwarves are just amazing. Not TO MENTION BARD OH MY GOSH.


    ...I really love Bard. XD

  15. Sorry I'm a little late with my comment! Happy birthday to Frodo, Bilbo, and my dog Ellie, whose birthday is on the same day. :)
    I really like the Hobbit movies too! A lot of people, I feel like, were so annoyed with them because they weren't like the books, but that didn't bother me too much. I thought they were pretty good.

    And Studio C! They are hilarious. :D One of my favorite YouTube channels.

    Great post!

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