Do you know what today is? Yes, you're right! September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, everyone's favourite hobbits from The Shire! Let the partying and fireworks begin!
And it's also now Hobbit Day! Every September 22 since 1978 has officially been declared Hobbit Day by the American Tolkien Society. In fact, this whole week is declared Tolkien Week in honour of the man who wrote The Lord of the Rings saga.
I love The Lord of the Rings, both the books and the movies. I first read the books 35 years ago when I was a young university student. I was so engrossed and thrilled by the story that when I was finished, I turned right around and read them all again a second time. Then about 10 years later, I read them for a third time. Someday, a fourth reading will be in order, I know. But now we also have Peter Jackson's magnificent movies to watch. Plus next year, we'll be able to see his film version of The Hobbit -- very exciting!