International Hobbit Day: Legendary locations to celebrate halflings

“Alas, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits.” Such were the parting words of Bilbo Baggins on his 111th birthday, in JRR Tolkien’s book about tiny people and big adventures.

22 September marks the birthday of Bilbo Baggins, the eponymous hole-dwelling creature from The Hobbit.

The Hobbiton Film Set on the edge of Matamata has turned the date into an annual event for the tourist destination. Each year the attraction holds a day-long event with games, themed performances and food for fantasy fans.

Fancy dress is optional, but fantasy fans need little encouragement.

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