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!

Charlie shared Gandalf’s wise advice to Frodo, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Andrea quoted Bilbo, “I came from the end of a bag…” and “I don’t know half of you…” and “Never laugh at live dragons…”
Artwork by Andrea Mathwich
Linda invited us to fly with Bilbo out of a burning tree to a mountaintop eyrie.
Katy took us under the Lonely Mountain for a chat with Smaug.
Dyhrddrdh shared Sam’s song in “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”
Linda sings her version of Goldberry’s song, with everyone chiming in, “Old Tom Bombadil and the River-daughter.”
Roger took us to “The Grey Havens” and we all “beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

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