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Bilbo's Farewell Party

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A Long Expected Party

Bilbo's Farewell Party was a grand celebration held by Bilbo Baggins on his 111st birthday in the Party Field, on September 22, T.A. 3001. It was coincidentally also the 33rd birthday of his nephew Frodo Baggins.

[edit] History

Bilbo Baggins had been planning to abandon the Shire and eventually return to the Rivendell and spend the rest of his life with Elrond and the Elves. He scheduled his disappeareance as an abrupt event to concur during his birthday speech.

The party was double and also was celebrating Frodo's coming-of-age in his 33 years. Another significance was that Bilbo's and Frodo's years on that day summed up 144 - a gross, and for that reason a portion of the party was "invitation only" with 144 guests.

It was a huge and expensive celebration attended by most hobbits in the area. The party included copious amounts of food and drink, Gandalf the Grey provided fireworks for entertainment, and the presents given by Bilbo were made by the Dwarves of Erebor.

The occasion was notable in Hobbiton for Bilbo's abrupt disappearance (he used the Ring to disappear at the end of his speech). Bilbo then passed behind the surprised guests and returned to Bag End where Gandalf was waiting for him, and persuaded Bilbo to leave the Ring in Frodo's keeping when he departed.

[edit] Attendees

Bilbo's party in the The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I.
In alphabetical order

[edit] References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Brandybuck of Buckland"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Bolger of Budgeford"