5 Reasons We Should Be Hobbits
In honor of Hobbit Day on September 22nd, I’ve created a list of five reasons why we should all strive to be more like hobbits.
1.) Hobbits live longer.
According to the LOTR Wiki the average lifespan of a male hobbit is 100 years, with the oldest hobbit living to about 133 (Unless you count Gollum, but that math is too hard so we’ll just say 133). The average life expectancy for a male human is only about 70 years. That means hobbits live an average of 30 years more than we do.
2.) They mature slower.
Hobbits aren’t considered fully grown adults until they are 33 years old, so right now I’m the hobbit equivalent to a seventeen year old. I suddenly wonder why I have a mortgage and pay car insurance. I know several people who some days just don’t feel like “adulting”. Well if we were all hobbits we would have had a little bit more fun before the real world came knocking like Gandalf and a group of hungry dwarves.
3.) They eat seven meals a day.
Hobbits enjoy breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. I’m lucky if I can manage to smash a banana in my face before I rush off to work. With meals consisting mostly of bread, cheese, potatoes, mushrooms and cake, it’s no wonder hobbits like their food.
4.) They value peace, but are still hardy.
According to the Tolkien Gateway, hobbits prefer peaceful lives, yet are extremely hardy and resistant when threatened. They make excellent marksmen and can walk very quietly through wooded areas. Although typically heavy to our standards they are incredible nimble. Yet, for all their skills, hobbits will shun fighting in favor of good food and good friends. Thorin Oakenshield said it best, “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.”
5.) It’s all about the birthday.
In hobbit communities, birthdays are a cause for massive celebration. There is of course a meal and parties and lots of cake, but there is also a sweet tradition that makes birthdays extra special. For your birthday, instead of receiving gifts, you give them. Stay with me here, because this really is awesome. Instead of getting gifts once a year on your birthday, if you were a hobbit you would get gifts all the time! Plus it plays into that whole “better to give than receive” idea, which would probably help us be kinder to one another. That sounds like a good plan to me.
If you ever want to make the change to hobbit living the library has all the information you need. Check out a few Lord of the Rings movies, some books on hobbits or (my favorite) a cake inspired cookbook. Just remember if you make some delicious cupcakes, it is always better to give than receive.