|My original from 1984. The cover is almost detached. This may be the last year I read this copy.|
September 22nd also happens to mark the day on which I begin my yearly rereading of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Every year since I first read the books back in 1984 (I was 13 at the time) I have opened The Fellowship of the Ring and accompanied Frodo and his companions on their long journey through Middle-earth. I don't always complete all three books and I'm sure I have missed a year here and there. But there can be no doubt that I have read the books at least 25 times over the years...and counting. I'm so very thankful that I discovered Tolkien's works so very long ago. For it was Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli, and the others that directly lead to my love of roleplaying, wargaming, and miniatures.
So happy Hobbit Day to you all. Now it's time for me to open my well-read copy of The Fellowship of the Ring and start my journey anew.
* Note: I am well aware of the differences between our calendar and that of The Shire. September 22nd has been chosen by consensus as the date to celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday rather than the converted date. I'd rather not debate the merits of September 13th-ish vs. September 22nd. To me, it's just not that important. So have a pint, raise your mug, and drink one with me!
Thanks for reading!