Happy Birthday Hobbits!

Hobbit_cover If you are a fan of hobbits you will know that yesterday, September 21, 2012, was the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. You may also know that today, September 22, is the birthdate shared by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

My first introduction to hobbits was in Grade 5 when our teacher read the book to us in class. I was fascinated by the story from the first pages – especially the page with the iconic map of the magical lands where the story The Hobbit or There and Back Again takes place.

One of the things I remember about hobbits besides their hairy feet is how they like to enjoy several meals a day including breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.

As second breakfast was Bilbo’s favourite meal of the day it is no surprise that fans of The Hobbit from all over the world have been celebrating the last two days by eating second breakfasts of their own.

In our library second breakfast guests enjoyed Hobbit Scones and homemade cinnamon doughnuts prepared by a couple of my library regulars. Apples fresh off the tree, home-made raspberry jam, Manitoba clover honey, hot chocolate and a wide variety of teas were also served.

I displayed my 50th anniversary editon of The Hobbit and streamed a video of  the second trailer for the upcoming Hobbit movies.

Second breakfast continued through lunch and into the afternoon until the last scone, doughnut and apple were consumed by hungry hobbits… er, hobbit fans.

Later today I plan to purchase two copies of the 75th Anniversary edition of  The Hobbit – one for the library and one for my own bookshelf.

Not too long after first being introduced to The Hobbit I won a prize for a submission to a Winnipeg Tribune story writing contest.

I was thrilled that my prize was a brand new hard cover copy of The Hobbit and I have yet to win a better prize for any contest since. Sadly, I no longer own that copy and I am unsure to this day if it was lost in a move or borrowed and never returned. I hope, if it is still in someone’s possession that it has at least been well read.

What was your first introduction to hobbits? Did you enjoy second breakfast as part of the celebrations? Does your copy of The Hobbit have the name Heather Leask inscribed on the inside cover? Feel free to comment below.



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