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Party Field

Celebration by Lída Holubová

The Party Field was a large field south of Bag End's front door adjacent to Bagshot Row near Hobbiton. It probably belonged to Bilbo Baggins.

[edit] History

In the preparations for Bilbo's 111th birthday party, a special entrance was cut into the bank, and a large white gate and steps connected it to the road, and an open-air kitchen was installed in its north corner, manned with cooks from many inns and taverns of the vicinity.

The field was covered with tents and pavilions; underneath the largest pavilion was a decorated tree that stood at the head of the table, where Bilbo made his farewell speech.[1]

After the destruction of the Party Tree by Sharkey and his Ruffians,[2] Samwise Gamgee planted a mallorn tree, upon his return from the Quest of the Ring[3] and it blossomed on 6 April T.A. 3020[4] Afterwards it was used for holidays and celebrations by the Hobbits of that region.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"