Throw a Hobbit party!!
or at least get in the Hobbity spirit!
The final Hobbit movie is out today!!!! To celebrate, I wanted to share some inspiration and ideas for creating your own Hobbit and Middle Earth festivities!
I actually threw a hobbit/LOTR themed birthday party (yeah, for adults.) a few years back. It was right around Hobbit day, September 22nd, which is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo.
So if you don’t have time to throw a party right now for the final film, just bookmark this page so you can throw a party for Hobbit day next year!
- Listen to the music from the films! Howard Shore did a fantastic job creating the aural world of middle earth. Give him (and your elf ears) some love by listening to the soundtracks.
- Are you in a symphonic band? Did you know that there was a Lord of the Rings symphonic suite written in the 1980s? Check it out! It was composed by Johan de Meij.
- Check out this video of my roommate and I performing “Concerning Hobbits”
- Want to play the music from Bilbo’s Birthday party? I transcribed it once for a friend. Check it out here:
- That music (Which I decided to title “Shire shindig”) comes from the scene below:
FOOD and DRYNK
- Make some food that one would find in Middle Earth:
- Though I don’t believe they’re ever mentioned in the books, eating cherry tomatoes in a very sloppy manner would be fantastic, and remind me of one of my favourite scenes in the LOTR trilogy:
- Cows were never mentioned. So no beef. But Fish, Pigs, and poultry are all game. Rashers of bacon are always appreciated.
- Berries, mushrooms, pastries, breads, cheese, pickles.
- Special items from middle earth: lembas bread, honey-cakes, cram.
- Or just make something that LOOKS fitting or is cleverly titled:
- Beverages are important of course!
- Ale, wine, and mead all are quite fitting for middle earth:
- “you can drink your fancy ales, you can drink them by the flagon, but the only brew for the brave and truuuuuuueeeeeee….. COMES FROM THE GREEN DRAGON!” (sung by Merry and Pippin whilst drinking and dancing on the table)
- Ent-draught (an invigorating brew from the Ents)
- Mirovor (a clear cordial from the elves)
- Coffee, tea, and juice are viable alternatives for those not partaking in the alcohol.
- There are plenty of LOTR-based games that exist (I’ve not played them. Feel free to leave comments about any of them if you have!)
- Video: Various ones were made from companies such as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment; Turbine, Inc; and Electronic Arts.
- RPG (Role Playing Games): Middle-Earth Role Playing, Lord of the Rings Adventure Game
- Tabletop: Other than there being a “Lord of the Rings” boardgame, there are also LOTR versions of Risk, Stratego, Monopoly, and Chess amongst others.
- I was actually geeky enough to write a LOTR/Hobbit based fluxx game.
- Since it’s an ACTUAL game written by a company, I will not share the game here as I’m pretty sure that’s against some copyright. But if you’re my friend and you want to play it, let me know! It’s actually pretty cool- and well-written if I do say so myself (I made a spreadsheet and everything).
- You could write yourself a version of “heads up” in the spirit!
- “heads up” is that game where the person who is “it” holds a card (or smart phone with app) up to their forehead and the other players need to get the person to say what is on the card.
- You can write your own heads up game by writing flash cards using index cards or cut pieces of construction paper.
- Things you could write on the cards include:
- Characters: Gandalf, Frodo, Galadriel, Tom Bombadill, Fili and Kili, Eowyn, etc.
- Races/Types of characters: Entwives, Elves, Orcs, Nazgul, Men, etc.
- Places: Rivendell, Bag End, Green Dragon Inn, Mordor, Helm’s Deep, Erebor, etc.
- Popular quotes: “It comes in pints?”, “one ring to rule them all”, “you shall not pass!”, “… and my axe”, “my precious”, etc.
- People: JRR Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, etc.
- Book or film names: “Battle of the Five Armies”, “Fellowship of the Ring”, “The Silmarillion”, etc.
- Or just play any fun game they may have played: charades, musical chairs, sack races, horseshoes, etc.
- Banners, streamers, lights, candles, lanterns, and other festive décor can be utilized in feeling more festive in a proper style!
- Ale, wine, and mead all are quite fitting for middle earth:
- Fireworks (or at least sparklers) would have been brought by Gandalf to add to the festivities! If you don’t have your own and live in the Orlando area, visit SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Universal Studios, or any of the Disney festivities to see some fun and festive fireworks displays!
- Create your own sign!
- One is a large piece of fabric that I painted with fabric paint to say “welcome to the shire” with the feel of Bilbo’s birthday banner.
- Another is a door sign that says “No Admittance. Unless on Party Business (in which case, please come in)” J Like the one that Bilbo has on his door (but a bit friendlier). It’s also nice to just let people come in as they wish during a party without needing to get the door for everyone.
- Add some Hobbit-style goodness to other things around your home:
- I made a geeky tree skirt for Christmas this year. The LOTR reference portion is the white tree of Gondor (Other bits include Doctor Who / Tardis, Harry Potter, and Sherlock).
- Read passages from the Hobbit or LOTR books (out loud or to yourself). Try reading them in the voice of Gandalf. Or Gollum.
- In the vein of Gollum vs. Bilbo, play some riddle games. Or try to solve their riddles:
- Click here to see the Hobbit riddles (Word Document)
- Gi nathlam hi = you are welcome here (Sindarin)
- Dol gin lost = your head is empty (Sindarin)
- Heca = scram! (Quenya)
- Mara Mesta = Good journey (Quenya)
- You can just mumble low and long to attempt a phrase in Entish….. no matter what, you’ll likely not speak it correctly, unless you’re an Ent.
- Have a haiku or a limerick competition. Or just a giant piece of paper on the wall where people can write their own poems.
- Go on an adventure! Go find something new and try it out!
- Go on a trip somewhere unexpected! Throw a dart at a map of your city, or of the globe! You never know what sort of fun crazy stories you’ll have to write in your own “there and back again” book.
- Go visit nature! Take a walk in the woods, or some cavern- but look out for dragons (unless it’s the green dragon inn… then go get thyself a pint!)
- If you’re near Orlando, go on your own quest and visit It’s a Trap! A Room Adventure in Orlando (click here for information)!
- It’s a Trap is a place where you work together with a group of 8 or less people (you need not know them prior to the adventure. One does not always get to choose quest partners) in order to solve a mystery by finding clues hidden around a room. There are currently 4 games total in 2 different rooms. One of the rooms happens to be a Wizard’s Hut- so it’s quite fitting.
- I actually helped kickstart this place- and I got to go to a beta test of it. The quest we did was in the wizard’s hut and had a dragon character that talked to us! It’s definitely worth a visit. Below are some poor iphone photographs of the inside of the hut (taken with permission. And no spoilers!)
- Or go have a pint at the Cloak and Blaster! They have games and hobbit-inspired food as well as Hobbit-Hour (much like happy hour, but more geeky/awesome)
And last but most certainly not least,
GO SEE THE FILM!
(Or see the previous films! Or go see the old cartoon one!)
oh, but check with your closest friends first, unless you want to no longer be friends:
- Have you any ideas for throwing a Hobbit party? Please share them below!