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Filthy Hobbitses & Preciouses

September 22nd is the Birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings respectively. It is in honour of these fine Hobbits that Tolkien fans celebrate by going barefoot all day, having seven meals, watching Lord Of The Rings movie marathons, and throwing parties.

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again

J.R.R. Tolkien (2007)

The unexpected journey of a small Hobbit, a treasure mad Dragon, and some very determined Dwarves. The Hobbit is also available at EPL as a CD audiobook, an eBook, large print and in a number of languages.


Recipes to Wake Up For (2015)

Breakfast, perhaps one of the best meals of the day is the first meal of six for most healthy Hobbits. These are recipes to wake up for, or to spend the whole night dreaming about!

Breakfast for Dinner

Recipes for Frittata Florentine, Huevos Rancheros, Sunny-Side-Up Burgers, and More!

Lindsay Landis (2013)

What is breakfast without second breakfast? Or of course the option of having breakfast for dinner!


Learning to Love Them
Lynne Kelly (2009)

Perhaps, like Bilbo, you may find yourself at the mercy of spiders larger than you'd like. With this handy book perhaps you can learn to love those creepy-crawly hairy creatures!

The Ogre's Wife

Ronald Koertge (2013)

Strictly speaking, Trolls and Ogres are not the same. I wouldn't want to meet either when they're hungry, and it isn't close to dawn!

Sword Fighting

An Introduction to Handling A Long Sword
Herbert Schmidt (2014)

Bilbo learnt how to wield Sting in order to fend off the giant spiders in Mirkwood forest. Perhaps you can take a more relaxed pace of studying sword -play.

Tolkein: Years of the Brothers Hildebrandt

Greg Hildebrandt

Written by Greg Hildebrandt, Jr., this fascinating book tells the story of young Gregory who, at ages five, six and seven, posed for the various little people characters known as the Hobbits.  

The Complete Tolkien Companion

J.E.A. Tyler (2004)

The Tolkien Companion translates, explains and links every single name, date, place, fact, weapon, food, drink and reference in any published Tolkien work.

A Tolkien Compass

Jared Lobdell (2003)

A Tolkien Compass explains the meanings and origins of the names in the Middle-earth cannon. Also provides analysis of major characters, the psychological journey of Bilbo, the regime set up by Saruman and its parallels to fascism, and Tolkien’s rich use of myth and symbol.

Following Gandalf

Epic Battles and Moral Victory in the Lord of the Rings
Matthew T. Dickerson (2003)

This book explores the importance of free will and moral choices in Tolkien's Middle-earth. Old-fashioned values versus military success.

Plants of Middle-Earth

Botany and Sub-Creation

Dinah Hazell (2014)

Tolkien's use of real flowers, herbs, trees and other flora is what helps makes Middle-earth feel so real. By imposing supernatural and fantastical creatures into a world grounded in the familiar, Tolkien sends us from a familiar home in the Shire into the magical unknown.

The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2012)

While you're reading, why not add an epic soundtrack to your deed? Fun and fancy-free, or sneaky or epic, this soundtrack has it all!

LEGO the Hobbit

Video Game (2014)

Awesome. Lego plus The Hobbit as a video game. Explore The Hobbit movie trilogy as a character in the Lego the Hobbit video game.

The Fall of Arthur

J.R.R. Tolkien (2013)

Middle-earth not your thing? Not to worry! Tolkien wrote other things. Like this treatment of the Arthurian Legends!

Letters From Father Christmas

J.R.R. Tolkien (2012)

Middle-earth and Arthurian Legends still a little heavy? Try Letters From Father Christmas, adorable tales of reindeer getting loose, missing presents and an accident prone polar bear.

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