75 Ways to Celebrate The Hobbit’s 75th Anniversary

It’s been 75 years since The Hobbit broke into our world and transformed the way we thing of modern storytelling and epic adventure. To help you celebrate Tolkien Week 2012 (and Hobbit Day and Middle Earth weekend), this article will provide you with 75 different ways you can celebrate all things short and hairy-footed.

Looking to find out more about Tolkien Week? Check out my last entry.

75 Ways to Express Your Tolkienthusiasm™ for Tolkien Week 2012

1. Remember why one does not simply walk into Mordor thanks to the image embedded below.

One does not simply walk into Mordor.

Ent Draught Recipe

Think of this as a very Hobbit-esque Long Island Ice Tea.

Honeydew juice, kiwi juice, lime juice, rum (I recommend Bicardi), gin (I recommend Seagrams), vodka (I recommend Absolut), ice, sliced limes, and parsley.

What to do: Mix one part gin, one part rum, and one part vodka with three parts honeydew juice, one part kiwi juice, and two parts lime juice. Add ice and garnish with sliced limes and parsley.

Drink. If possible, grow a couple inches after consuming.

2. Mix a glass of Ent Draught. Check out the recipe to the right.

3. Throw a “Long-expected party” for Frodo, Bilbo, and your friends on September 22nd.

4. Write a haiku about The Hobbit or The Lord of the RingsI’ll go first:

Golden ring shining
as I topple toward the flames.
Don’t leave me, precious.

5. Take a hike. The Hobbit was all about having an adventure on treacherous landscapes, so why not find your own?

7. Put Rogain on your feet.

8. Volunteer to read passages from The Hobbit to children at a local library.

9. Run a LOTR-themed scavenger hunt. Here’s a sample list. To win, you must have: A gold ring; “my bow” (weaponry or hair-tie); “my ax” (weaponry or body spray); a copy of at least one book by J.R.R. Tolkien; brie cheese; and mushrooms.

10. Throw on this Lord of the Rings Music Playlistfeaturing work from Howard Shore, Leonard Nimoy, Flight of the Conchords, and many others. While you’re there, check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

11. Go to an archery range and put a print-out of Smaug on your target. I’ve even created a print-out for you, which you’ll find just past the break.

Smaug target from The Hobbit

Right-click and choose “Save as” to snag this image. It’s currently set for print-ready sizes.

12. Play “Lord of the Rings 20 Questions.” The game is simple: It’s just like 20 questions, only you have to choose something from the Tolkien universe.

13. Watch the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Oh yeah. It’s marathon time.

14. Watch the animated movie of The Hobbit, now available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. The first video is embedded below.

15. See if you might be turning into a hobbit.

16. Gather a group of friends and share some LOTR and other riddles.

17. Listen to the 10-hour loop track of “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”

18. Eat second breakfast.

19. Eat elevenses.

20. Have a luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper.

21. Learn all about The Lord of the Rings in 99 seconds. The video is embedded below (and I also recommend the Harry Potter video done by the same artist).

22. See how the narrative of Lord of the Rings compares with other major movies in this XKCD chart-comic.

Lord of the Rings narrative flowchart.

23. Watch the entire, and entirely daunting, extended Lord of the Rings TrilogyFor the record, the total running time of the extended trilogy is 682 minutes.

24. Play one of the many Lord of the Rings drinkings games, like the version pictured below. (Disclaimer: If you do this with the extended version of LOTR, you will die. Not maybe die. You’ll just die.)

LOTR Drinking Game

LOTR Drinking Game: Engage at Your Own Risk

25. Bake some Elven lembas bread.

26. Plan a virtual vacation to The Shire. Thanks to the extensive cartography done by Tolkien, this is totally doable.

27.  When throwing your long-expected party, decorate in LOTR style by putting up banners for Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday, the Riders of Rohan, or the House of Gondor.

28. Discover 50 reasons why Lord of the Rings sucks.

29. Play the Lord of the Rings Wiki game. Here’s how it works:

Rules for the LOTR Wiki Game

You’ll need two players and a judge.

To start the game, the judge loads a random page on  The Lord of the Rings Wiki. The judge announces this as the “target page.”

The two players open up the home page of The Lord of the Rings Wiki in their web browser of choice. When the judge shouts “go,” the two players hit the “random page” link on the main page. Each player must then attempt to navigate to the target page by using embedded links inside each wiki page. No navigation besides clicking on embedded links is allowed. The first player to the target page wins.

30. Watch the Lord of the Rings edition of “How It Should Have Ended,” embedded below.

31.  Buy or bake a birthday cake for Bilbo and Frodo.

32. Watch the animated (and slightly less-than-canon) version of Lord of the Rings, which is also available on YouTube.

33. Learn how to make LOTR-inspired Origami, like the killer sample pictured below. If you’re looking for a party activity, a cooperative or competitive version of the fancy folding works wonderfully.

Origami: LOTR's Nazgul

34. Go around introducing yourself to everyone as Mr or Mrs Underhill.

35. Play the official Lord of the Rings board game, card game, Risk game, version of Monopoly, Stratego, Trivial Pursuit, or one of the majillion other money-grabbing  entrepreneurial products from the series.

36. Check out a biography on Tolkien himself, such as the one found here.

37. Read The Very Secret Diaries of the Lord of the Rings. Warning: These are intended for a “mature audience”—by which we mean a technically grownup but complete immature audience.

38. Hear the story of the Fresh King of Gondor, embedded below. If you’re doing this at a party, have everyone sing along by using a Fresh Prince karaoke track.