Middle Earth Merrymaking: A Baggins’ Birthday

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton… A notice appeared on the gate at Bag End: no admittance except on party business. When it comes to birthdays, Hobbits don’t take the […]

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Middle Earth Merrymaking: Hobbit Lithe Celebration

We’ve come to the end of Midsummer week. We started the week with Tarnin Austa, the elven Midsummer-esque fest. We’re ending the week with the hobbits’ version of Midsummer: Lithe. Lithe is a 3-4 day celebration centered around Midyear’s Day, which falls around the summer solstice. The fest starts with 1 Lithe, the day before […]

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Middle Earth Merrymaking: Elven Midsummer Fest

Tarnin Austa Veren! Joyous Gates of Summer! We’re happy to introduce a new feature focusing on the holidays of Tolkien’s world: Middle Earth Merrymaking! Tarnin Austa, meaning Gates of Summer (or more literally, in Sindarin: “Passage into Summer”) is an elven fest first celebrated by the elves of Gondolin. Tarnin Austa is thought to be […]

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