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Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Today is the anniversary of the Long-Expected Party celebrating Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday and Frodo's coming of age in The Lord of the Rings. Happy birthday to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! It was on this day that Bilbo gave his infamous birthday speech, saying "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve," before disappearing from the Shire forever.

Also on this day, according to the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings, 99-year-old Samwise Gamgee rode out from Bag End for the final time. He was last seen in Middle-Earth by his daughter Elanor, to whom he presented the Red Book. According to tradition, he then went to the Grey Havens and passed over the Sea, last of the Ringbearers.

And now, in honor of the Baggins Birthdays, the departure of Samwise, and Hobbits in general, here are a few of my favorite quotes from The Hobbit:

Happy Hobbitversary!

Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.
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To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful.
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It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.
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“I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air, I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.
I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me.
I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.” (Bilbo Baggins)
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“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (Thorin Oakenshield)

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internet_sampo
Sep. 22nd, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
My wife always gives be static about liking The Hobbit so much ("it's a children's book). But I love it.

But I've got a bad feeling about this - http://mashable.com/2012/07/30/the-hobbit-trilogy/
litlover12
Sep. 22nd, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, dear Bilbo and Frodo! (Also my godson's birthday! Wasn't he lucky to be born on such an auspicious day? :-) )
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witchcat07
Sep. 22nd, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Bagginses! The Nashville Smial is gathering at Warner Park this evening. We shall hoist a pint (or two) to Tolkien, to Hobbits, and to our dear Dr Amy!
jan_u_wine
Sep. 22nd, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
what a lovely tribute. Thank you!
i_llbedammned
Sep. 23rd, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
This makes me want to read The Hobbit again. I forgot how grand it was til I read some of those quotes.
brighteyed_jill
Sep. 23rd, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
*happy sigh*

Oh, hobbit day! I'm very excited for this film, and all your quotes made me grin like a crazy person. Bilbo, as played by Martin Freeman, is certain to be irresistible.
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