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My father is J.R.R. Tolkien nut and my family would have parties to celebrate Bilbo's birthday (September 22). The meals would slightly vary each year, but kept with the hobbit theme. We usually had bean soup, "a mighty dish of mushrooms and bacon," a roast, Yorkshire pudding, and a desert like a tart. The evening would conclude with a reading from his Lord of the Rings collection [1], which he would call The Red Book. He hasn't done one in a few years, but this was a tradition of his for almost 20 years.


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