Several years ago, I invented a holiday. On September 22, I remembered that it was Frodo’s and Bilbo’s (from Lord of the Rings) birthday. I then created Hobbit Day. Or so I thought. I later found out that the American Tolkien Society had already created it (in 1978!) and Lord of the Rings fans from around the world celebrated it. I was a little bummed that I didn’t really have the idea first but……
So, I know what you’re thinking…what a nerd! I know, I know. Hey, we all love Lord of the Rings here. The little girls can’t wait until they are old enough to watch the trilogy. Unfortunately for them, that won’t be for a while. We usually watch the series at least once a year and it must be the extended version, none of that cheap theatrical stuff. We also quote the movie often. Probably the most-quoted movie line at my house is, “But it is not this day!” We can’t get through two days without spouting this line for some reason. I do have a few pet peeves about those movies though- like how they completely changed Aragorn’s outlook on being king, how they added some non-existent romance, and don’t even get me started on how they ruined Faramir!
I love the books and movies for several reasons. The biggest reason is the conflict between good and evil. I love how there aren’t really any in-between characters- you are either good or evil but you can’t be both. I also love Sam. I love his loyalty, his courage, and his cheerfulness. He and Legolas are my favorite characters.
So, whether or not you think me a complete nerd or not, I wish you a very happy Hobbit Day and I leave you with my two favorite quotes from the said movies.
(Sam) I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something. (Frodo)What are we holding onto Sam?(Sam) That there’s some good in this world and its worth fighting for.
(Gandalf, in reply to Frodo wishing that the ring had never come to him) So do all who live to see such times, but it is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time given to us.