Today is the world celebration of Hobbit Day, the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo. This is also Tolkien Week, whose history can be explained by the American Tolkien Society: “Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week.”
To celebrate Hobbit Day in style, get your free kit from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: “Hobbit Day Event Kit.”
Although it’s Bilbo and Frodo’s celebration, we can’t leave out their creator, so I’ve also curated some Tolkien hyperlinks.
Our first Tolkien feature is also one of my all time favorite pieces because it focuses on the battle, as well as collaboration, between traditional literature and New Media, with special attention on the coexistence between Tolkien ideology and technology: “Fall, Mortality, and the Machine: Tolkien and Technology.” To convince you to read this article from The Atlantic, I’ve pulled out a line from it: “The idea that technology (“the Machine”) is a kind of magic, or at least deeply related to magic, is one that Tolkien shared with his close friend C.S. Lewis, who argued that, in the early modern period, ‘The serious magical endeavor and teh serious scientific endeavor are twins: one was sickly and died, the other strong and throve.’ “