Second Breakfast For Hobbit Day
Happy Hobbit Day!
September 22nd is for hobbitses as it marks both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthdays. So: take off your shoes, grab a cloak and a girdle, and let’s get celebrating.
In honour of Tolkien’s hobbits, it is only fair that we eat second breakfasts all week. But, at what time should we tuck into this important second meal of the day?
Well, 10:30 is a nice time, as we see in Chapter II of The Hobbit – most fittingly titled ‘Roast Mutton’..
“Don’t be a fool, Bilbo Baggins!” he said to himself, “thinking of dragons and all that outlandish nonsense at your age!” So he put on an apron, lit fires, boiled water, and washed up. Then he had a nice little breakfast in the kitchen before turning out the dining-room. By that time the sun was shining; and the front door was open, letting in a warm spring breeze. Bilbo began to whistle loudly and to forget about the night before. In fact he was just sitting down to a nice little second breakfast in the dining-room by the open window, when in walked Gandalf.
“My dear fellow,” said he, “whenever are you going to come? What about an early start ?—and here you are having breakfast, or whatever you call it, at half past ten!…’
Of course, not all mortals are sufficiently schooled in the essentials of the Hobbit Meal Plan…