On September 22 a cheery Harvest Moon lit the Autumnal Equinox over our Hobbit Hole. That evening the Tolkien Reading Circle gathered to celebrate the Middle-earth birthdays of Bilbo Baggins Esquire and Deputy Mayor Frodo Baggins. Roger started off the evening by revealing a hidden connection between the terms Hobbit, Were-worms, Hundredweight, and Halfling. In his book, Tolkien in Pawneeland, he describes how these terms are all rooted in the agricultural traditions of 19th century Britain. Crafting the culture of the Shire, Tolkien wished to evoke the rural England of his childhood, a vanishing realm of fields, meadows, and forests. As the photos below show, we enjoyed our visit to the mythic shores of Middle-earth!