We've been to locations like Paris, Cairo, and Australia on our World Fashion Tour. Now we're headed somewhere a little more remote: Middle-earth. After all, tomorrow, September 22, is Hobbit Day. Why the 22nd? The date is chosen to celebrate the combined birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the main heroes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, respectively. Both characters' birthdays are on September 22. In fact, the entire week in which Hobbit Day falls is officially Tolkien Week, as decided by the American Tolkien Society.
So how does one celebrate Hobbit Day? Some fans hold Shire-style parties (which include food, dancing, plenty of beer, and, most of all, fireworks), like the one described in the opening chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, while others simply go barefoot all day in honor of the furry-footed creatures.
There's also the option to simply wear a few Shire-inspired styles for Hobbit Day (or all of Tolkien week, if you like). For this stop on our World Fashion Tour, I've put together a few finds to capture the look and feel of the Shire.
An autumnal color palette sets the mood for this batch of Shire attire. Mixing shades of green with rusty orange evokes the woods, rivers, and meadows between the Far Downs and Brandywine Bridge. Plus, if you throw a peasant blouse into the mix, you may look like you just stepped out of any one of the Four Farthings, or even Bag End itself.
For those big J.R.R. Tolkien fans out there who don't want to necessarily go all furry-footed and pointy-eared for the holiday, there are always easy ways to pay subtle homage to his works. This dragon scale cuff bracelet is reminiscent of Bilbo's struggle against the dragon, Smaug, and this gold-plated band looks almost like the One Ring itself that plays a vital role in both novels. Wear it on a chain around your neck like Frodo did or claim it as your own and rock it on your ring finger.
With the first film of Peter Jackson's silver screen version of The Hobbit coming out this December (check out the latest trailer here), there's no better way to celebrate Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week than to pick up the book that started it all. This beautiful hardback is a facsimile of the first edition, and you have just enough time to read it before the film comes out. Brush up on your other Tolkien lore with a reading of The Lord of the Rings and/or or a viewing of Peter Jackson's adaptations of "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," and "The Return of the King," if you can squeeze it in before the new movie comes out.
Are you a Tolkien fan? Have you ever celebrated Hobbit Day before? What fashions make you think of the Shire, or any other land in Middle-earth?
Posted by Andrea Sparks