In honour of the shared 22 September birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, today is International Hobbit Day.
You’re unfortunately too late to book your flight to New Zealand to join 200 Tolkeinists (we know, not as catchy as Trekkies or Whovians) on a guided tour of the Shire at dusk at the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand, followed by drinks at The Green Dragon Inn.
But you can still join fans all over the world by going barefoot, enjoying that second breakfast (and at least five other meals), and then losing yourself for eight hours in Middle-Earth, binge-watching all three of the Hobbit films.
An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies are all available to stream on Showmax in Africa. Directed by Peter Jackson, who also made the Lord of the Rings films, the trilogy is the story of “how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected…”
The films collected a combined seven Oscar nominations, while at the MTV Awards Martin Freeman won Best Hero and Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom won Best Fight for Tauriel and Legolas against the Orcs. Look out for Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Oscar-nominees Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbacth and Ian Holm as Gandalf, Smaug and the older Bilbo respectively; and Golden Globe nominee Andy Serkis as Gollum.
Make sure you invite your friends, fill your fridge, and join in on the songs; after all, to quote Thorin’s last words, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
If you’re still not suitably excited for binge-watching tonight, we suggest you immediately watch Friend or Foe, which Playstation released this week as a trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to a new Lord of the Rings or Hobbit film being released this year. (Please note the Mature 17+ rating on this for Blood, Gore and Intense Violence).
What are your plans to celebrate International Hobbit Day? Drop us a comment below and let us know.