Today is Hobbit Day!
Today commemorates the birthdays of the main characters of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins; and their creator, J.R.R. Tolkein.
Tolkein modeled the Baggins’ village, The Shire, after the garden at Exeter College, Oxford University. While at Oxford as a student I lived at Exeter College. The garden, especially the huge oak tree at its border, is a wonderfully relaxing, inviting place.
All Hail the Shire!!