Today is a great day for fans of The Lord of the Rings. Today is the birthday of Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins, two great Hobbits who forever changed the course of history.
Without Bilbo, Smaug would’ve easily been swayed by Sauron with the promise of all the death, destruction, and riches Middle-earth could offer, Goblins and Wargs would’ve torn through Rhovanion, and the Ring would’ve slipped from Gollum’s grasp into more nefarious hands.
Without Frodo, well, the Ring would have never been destroyed, Sauron would’ve destroyed the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, and the world would’ve been covered in a second darkness.
Was their journey easy? No. Was it tough along the way, did they face many hardships and bruises, were they afraid, did they lose companions, were they pushed further than they thought was possible? Absolutely, but these Hobbits never gave up, they fought on, by tooth and nail if they had to. When we think of these great Hobbits, we think of the quote from Gandalf.
“Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought.”
We can take these words and apply them to our lives like Bilbo and Frodo did. No matter how bad things get we can shift our thinking, follow Gandalf’s words, and understand that we are meant to be in those moments. That can be an encouraging thought.
We hope you join us today as we celebrate Bilbo’s and Frodo’s Birthday, bust out The Fellowship of the Ring or The Hobbit and follow along as they overcome the hardships of their journey.
Thank you for your time and remember, the crownless again shall be king.
– The Wandering One