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Posted by grammaboodawg

It’s a day packed with Hobbity Goodness!  Bilbo and Frodo Baggins share their birthdays today, September 22nd.  Special celebrations are shared all over the world in honour of these most beloved characters of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

September 22nd is also designated National Hobbit Day!  In 1978, The American Tolkien Society dedicated this special day to the Hobbits of Middle-earth.  Check your area for parties like TORn’s very own Baggins Birthday Bash on September 23 or have one of your own.  It’s also a great day to curl up and read The Hobbit, LotR, or one of Tolkien’s many creations.

Another special feature of the day is available through Weta Workshop’s Hobbit Day Party Business Bundle

There has been a week-long Party of Special Magnificence on TheOneRing.net Discussion Boards.  You can find links to the party activities here, and a special Today in Middle-earth (TIME) entry here.

Today in Middle-earth, September 22

Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:00 am
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Posted by grammaboodawg

Baggins BirthdayThe following event(s) took place in Middle-earth on September 22:

  • Birth of Bilbo in the Shire (1290)
  • Bilbo and the barrels reach Lake-town just after sunset (S.R. 1341)
  • Birth of Frodo in the Shire (1368)
  • A long expected party!! (S.R. 1401)
  • Bilbo and Frodo’s birthdays (S.R. 1418)
  • The Black Riders reach Sarn Ford at evening (S.R. 1418)
  • Gandalf overtakes Shadowfax (S.R. 1418)
  • The hundred and twenty-ninth birthday of Bilbo and Frodo’s fifty-first birthday (S.R. 1419)
  • Sharkey in the Shire (S.R. 1419)
  • Bilbo’s hundred and thirtieth birthday. Frodo’s fifty-second birthday (S.R. 1420)
  • They meet the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings in Woody End (S.R. 1421)
  • Master Samwise rides out from Bag End (S.R. 1482) 

    September 22, 2890 (S.R. 1290)

    1. Birth of Bilbo in the Shire.

    (from the appendices-no text)

     Bungo Baggins and Belladonna Took celebrate the birth of their only child, “Bilbo Baggins of Bag End.”

     September 22, 2941 (S.R. 1341)

    1. Bilbo and the barrels reach Lake-town just after sunset.

    (from Karen Wynn Fonstad The Atlas of Middle-earth)

     “…a barrel was cut loose by Bilbo and pushed to the shore and opened. Groans came from inside…”

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 186-192 FotR)

     September 22, 2968 (1368)

    1. Birth of Frodo in the Shire.

    (from the appendices-no text)

     Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck celebrate the birth of their only child, “Frodo Baggins of Buckland, the Shire.”

    September 22, 3001 (S.R. 1401)

    1. A long expected party!!

    (not from the appendices)

       “The sun got up, the clouds vanished, flags were unfurled and the fun began.

       Bilbo met the guests (and additions) at the new white gate in person. He gave away presents to all and sundry—the latter were those who went out again by the back way and came in again by the gate.

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 50-56 FotR)

     September 22, 3018 (S.R. 1418)

    1. Bilbo and Frodo’s birthdays.

    (not from the appendices)

    “Thursday, his birthday morning, dawned as fair and clear as it had long ago for Bilbo’s great Party. Still Gandalf did not appear.”

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 102 FotR)

    2. The Black Riders reach Sarn Ford at evening.

    (from the appendices-no text)

    A presence of old crept through the forest which the Ranger felt long before he heard the sound of galloping hoofs….

    3. Gandalf overtakes Shadowfax.

    (from the appendices)

    “I took the best horse in his land, and I have never seen the like of him…”

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 343 FotR)

    September 22, 3019 (S.R. 1419)

    1. The hundred and twenty-ninth birthday of Bilbo and Frodo’s fifty-first birthday.

    (not from the appendices)

    “After the celebration of Bilbo’s birthday the four hobbits stayed in Rivendell for some days, and they sat much with their old friend…”

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 327 RotK)

    2. Sharkey in the Shire.

    (not from the appendices-determined from text)

    “‘…since Sharkey came it’s been plain ruination.'” [tells Farmer Cotton]

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 360-361 RotK)

    September 22, 3020 (S.R. 1420)

    1. Bilbo’s hundred and thirtieth birthday. Frodo’s fifty-second birthday.

    (from the appendices-no text)

    There was a quiet gathering of friends and family at Bag End.

    September 22, 3021 (S.R. 1421)

    1. They meet the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings in Woody End.

    (from the appendices)

    “They camped in the Green Hills, and on September the twenty-second they rode gently down into the beginning of the trees as afternoon was wearing away.”

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 380 RotK)

    September 22, 3082 (S.R. 1482)

    1. Master Samwise rides out from Bag End.

    (from the appendices)
    [at ninety-nine years of age] “On September 22 Master Samwise rides out from Bag End…”

    (Tolkien, 1965 Ballantine, p. 472 RotK)

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Posted by grammaboodawg

Today represents a landmark anniversary for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. Eighty years ago, what started as a bedtime story for his children became an enduring tale that would eventually be translated into over 40 languages. Published on September 21, 1937, The Hobbit, Professor Tolkien’s tale of Bilbo Baggins and his great adventure through Middle-earth with a wizard and a company of 13 Dwarves, captured the imagination of readers young and old. 

While the tale began as a story for his young children, one day the Oxford Professor famously turned to a blank page of a student’s class paper he was correcting and wrote, “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” The rest is history! Millions of readers young and old fell in love with Bilbo; so much so that the demand for more Hobbity goodness resulted in the publication of Tolkien’s landmark work, The Lord of the Rings, some years later. In turn, The Lord of the Rings allowed Tolkien to slip in more glimpses of his beloved Middle-earth mythology, much of which was eventually published posthumously by his son Christopher in works such as The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The History of Middle-earth.

Thanks to The Hobbit, Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth quickly grew in popularity, and set the tone for a new genre of fantasy fiction. Eighty years later, the Professor’s work is still beloved and enjoys a strong following of readers around the world. No surprise for readers of TORn!

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Posted by MrCere

(TORn) Just when you think your fandom has run out of Middle-earth related pants, along comes Bakshi Productions with something fresh.

For those of you who don’t know — hopefully none of you — Ralph Bakshi was the director of the 1978 animated “Lord of the Rings” that was both an introduction to many of us into the realm of Middle-earth and was seemingly influential into Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.

Lord of the Rings Capri 1

Bakshi did a number of other projects in film, but “Lord of the Rings” remains as one of the works he will always be remembered for.

And now you can wear his storyboards for the film on your own body, a unique clothing item in pop-culture and LOTR history.

They are described like this on the order page:

“We are so friggin excited about thes LOTR capris. Designed from the Bakshi approved original storyboards used in the creation of Bakshi’s animated classic Lord of the Rings. These are the ONLY capris like this in the world – AND the only place to ever get them. This is a first printing and will change storyboards when the time comes!”

There is also a shirt.

You can browse the pants here, and the shirt right here.

Do the message boards still have pants threads? If not, time to start one.

Mini Wetterhorn

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:38 pm
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Mini Wetterhorn

Pattern by Tereena Clarke of Artecy Cross Stitch based on a painting by Joseph Anton Koch.

Stitch parking level 2: achievement unlocked. I can't tell you how many times I went to park a thread and found another thread already parked there. I think I properly fixed everything I caught, but goodness only knows if this looks anything like it was supposed to.

I can’t decide if I’m ready to level up to the pattern I’m dying to make, or if I should do one more slightly harder pattern first before working my way up to that. My end goal is a massive HAED pattern with 234 colors.

The second picture is a distance shot because this pattern was done in the pointillist style, so the farther away you stand, the more detailed it looks.

Cross-stitch tuesday

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:14 pm
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I started on working on tiny Yule-things for ornaments to use as gifts for my assorted cousins. This is the current one!

a small snowman in counted cross stitch

Cross-stitch Tuesday

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:02 pm
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This week was a good week for the project, I managed to get lots done. Helped in no small part by having the day off on Friday and having decided to binge listen to a podcast series while I was at it. Unsurprisingly, around five solid hours of cross-stitching does make an impact on a project.

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Posted by Altaira

Next Friday, September 22, is both Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday, and has been proclaimed by the Tolkien Society as Hobbit Day. Many fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, including TORn, are planning parties of special magnificence for the auspicious day, and Weta Workshop is front-and-center, ready to help put on the best party ever with their Hobbit Day Party Business Bundle. As they so aptly put it at Weta: “There ain’t no party like a Hobbit Day party because a Hobbit Day party DON’T STOP!”

The Party Business Bundle contains the following items every Hobbit-loving collector will drool over (but not on the birthday cake, please!):

  • Bilbo’s Pipe
  • The One Ring (film-accurate size 11)
  • Bilbo’s Portrait
  • Bilbo’s Button
  • Hobbit Scarf by Stansborough
  • One Ring Keyring
  • No Admittance Sign
  • The Unexpected Journey Art Print
  • Hobbit Feet magnet


The package is priced at $229 USD, but contains $368 USD worth of everything you need to enjoy Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday long after September 22 has come and gone. Speaking of September 22 coming and going, the package is available through September 29 at midnight New Zealand time, a full week after the big birthday event.  You can place your order here.


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Posted by grammaboodawg

The Silmarillion is J.R.R. Tolkien’s first and last book. 

Professor Tolkien’s notes first dated to 1917 as he began developing the characters, stories and ideas for what was to become a Middle-earth mythology while recovering in a WWI military hospital from trench fever.

With the success of The Hobbit (published 40 years before The Silmarillion), Tolkien’s Sil was rejected by the publishers who requested more stories about hobbits.  This resulted in 3 installments of The Lord of the Rings 17 years later between 1954 and 1955.  But he never gave up on his expansive work on this inspired world.

Sadly, J.R.R. Tolkien passed away in 1973 before completing The Silmarillion.  But through the devotion and efforts of his son Christopher, Professor Tolkien’s work was finished and published on September 15, 1977.

The Silmarillion is the history of the War of the Exiled Elves against the Enemy, which all takes place in the North-west of the world (Middle-earth). Several tales of victory and tragedy are caught up in it; but it ends

with catastrophe, and the passing of the Ancient World”    ― J.R.R. Tolkien in Letter 131 to Milton Waldman

‘There and Back Again’ Auction

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:01 am
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Posted by Altaira

We just found out that the Changeling Artist Collective is currently having a ‘There and Back Again’ online auction of Tolkien-inspired artwork. The Collective is comprised of fantasy artists, many of whom specialize in all things Tolkien, from Hobbits to dragons to landscapes. A wide variety of other fantasy-related artwork can also be found there. From their home page: “Inhabiting the more mysterious nooks of the world, the Changeling Artist Collective is comprised of creators and conjurers. We channel our abilities to weave visual tales that are sure to delight your eyeballs.”

Check out the auction site here. The thing is, the auction ends at noon EST tomorrow, September 15. Yes, we know it’s late notice, but we just found out about it ourselves, and better late then never, right? The good news is, if you don’t read this in time to bid, many of the artist’s works will still be available, and there are other auctions scheduled for the future.

A Week of Special Magnificance!

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:33 am
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Posted by grammaboodawg

Remember the solar eclipse phenomenon we recently had over the U.S.?  Tolkien lovers haven’t quite got an eclipse coming up, but it’s definitely a phenomenon!

September 15th is the 40th Anniversary of The Silmarillion publication in 1977.

September 21st is the 80th Anniversary of The Hobbit publication in 1937.

The very next day, September 22nd, is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins!

To celebrate this very exciting phenomenon, TheOneRing.net’s Discussion Boards will be holding a week-long party from Friday, September 15 through Friday, September 22  filled with Hobbit & Sil-themed games, haiku, quizzes, fanfic, and much more!  You never know… a TORn-favourite “pants thread” may appear!

Plans are underway here on the Main Discussion Board; then come join the party on Main,  Off Topic, and The Hobbit Discussion Boards.  All are most welcome!!

Update, September 22, 2017!   Here is a link to a list of all the Party activities.

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I haven't made a sizeable cross-stitch project in ages, so I was looking for one to do and came across a very old project. Back when I first got into cross-stitch in my early teens I found a pattern for a flowerfairy that I wanted to make. It was a little overambitious for my age and patience level. (Not least because, I didn't realise when I bought it that it was just the pattern so I had to track down all the many individual shades of thread for it.) Anyways, a couple of years ago I got tired of it sitting in a box taunting me whenever I came across it, went through my thread collection and gathered all the threads for it that I had and took advantage of a craft store closing down to get the rest of the shades I needed and bagged them up so they were all together for when I next wanted a big project to work on.

Fast forward to this summer when I was looking for a bit of a challenge, I came across the fairy and decided that its time had come. I've been working away at it steadily for the last month or so but I keep meaning to and then forgetting to take photos of my progress along the way to keep me motivated, but I finally did today so I'm going to try to get back into posting weekly update posts as I've found them really motivating for large projects in the past.

rather bigger than my usual fair )


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