Baggins Birthday Party

Bilbo removes the Ring of Power after his big party



Thain's Book records the last birthday party of Bilbo Baggins held in the Shire. On September 22, 3001, Bilbo threw a party of special magnificence in honor of his eleventy-first - or 111th - birthday. It was also the thirty-third birthday of Bilbo's heir Frodo Baggins, who came of age that year. Bilbo's Magic 'Exit-Stage-Left' Trick was closely followed by Frodo, who disappeared at the Inn of The Prancing Pony!

Editor note: Thane is an inherited title of the leader of the Took clan of hobbits, adapted from the Old English thegn, a title for a noble who served an earl. September is translated as Halimath in Hobbit-English; halig-monath, means "holy-month" in Old English.


Party Favors

Tolkien paints a picture of the average Hobbit resident of the Shire as a member of the Middle-earth collective of natural farmers who love home, garden, and an otherwise uneventful existence. Generally, a Hobbit will tend to a slight squareness of build that ergonomically adds to the knowledge of out-of-door matters* productive of glorious summer bounty. Bilbo's Birthday party, the great celebration held at Hobbiton on 22 September III 3001, in honour of Frodo's 33rd birthday and, especially, Bilbo's 111th, marked the turn of events that would lead to the close of the Third Age. Preparations for Bilbo's special celebration began early in the day, in anticipation of everyone in the Shire expected to attend.

Bilbo is finally ready to begin his journal, The Red Book of Westmarch when Gandalf arrives in Hobbiton. The wizard is greeted at the door by his friend Bilbo Baggins for tea and catch up.

After the party that night, Bilbo departs the Shire with plans to live with the elves and write his book. Before leaving, Bilbo passes on the Ring of Power, his property in Hobbiton, especially Bag-end, to Frodo. Later, at the Council of Lord Elrond, in Rivendell, Bilbo would also give his heir a mithril shirt and his trusty sword Sting.

Ian Holm
DOB: September 12, 1931
2:00 AM - Ilford UK
Sun 18° Virgo 19' conjunct
Moon 16° Virgo 17'
Ascendant 0° Leo 22'
Midheaven 5° Aries 37'
Destiny Path: 8

Ian Holm is an Academy Award-nominated British film and stage actor who was a star of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a well-balanced performer with a full spectrum of characters to his credit in over 100 productions.

His on screen chemistry reveals a combination of artistic talent, creative power, and capacity for great emotion with good judgment. Ian Holm always brings great energy, great determination, uncompromising devotion to ideals, and a compelling charisma to any part he plays on the big and little screen. My favorite Holm list begins with Bilbo Baggins, Polonius [Hamlet], Professor Fitz [The Aviator], and Priest Vito Cornelius, in The Fifth Element.

His portrait will suggest to the observant character analyst that Holm is a public speaker with considerable courage and dramatic talent. [Note the shape of his chin and the distance between the edge of his chin to the top of his head. Also regard a high, wide forehead, that is often an indication of a sense of justice.]


Elijah Wood
DOB: January 28, 1981
time unknown
Cedar Rapids IO
Sun 8° Aquarius 45'
Jupiter-Saturn conjunct in Libra
Destiny Path: 3
Note: When the cast and crew were packed and ready to leave New Zealand from The Lord of the Rings set, Director Peter Jackson gave Elijah Wood two gifts; one of the One Rings they used and Sting, Frodo's sword.


Elijah Wood has his Mercury [the way he thinks] in Aquarius** in conjunction with his Mars in Aquarius [orb approximately +3°00'] and his Mars trine Pluto.

Elijah Wood and Sean Astin - both have Mercury in Aquarius - represent the Hobbit 'emotional soul' of the Shire, in all its various departments, physical, mental, and moral. Wood has his Mercury conjunct Mars and Astin has his Mercury conjunct his Sun and North Node, so together they are a perfect team to protect and safeguard the Shire. The intelligence of the heart, the innate, functional consciousness, or way of thinking, is in harmony with nature, especially during summer, the glorious 'sun time' of year, the season most suited to the Shire.

"Mithril!*** All folk desired it. It could be beaten like copper, and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim."

The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"


Southern Star
left, Longbottom Leaf

A famous variety of pipe-weed grown in the Southfarthing of the Shire, and apparently originating in the district around Longbottom. The 'star' of its name presumably refers to the star-shaped flowers of the pipe-weed plant.

Smith of Wootton Major and Leaf by Niggle, by J. R. R. Tolkien, HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Narrator: Derek Jacobi, 1 hour and 55 min.

"There was one picture in particular which bothered him. It had begun with a leaf caught in the wind, and it became a tree; and the tree grew, sending out innumerable branches, and thrusting out the most fantastic roots. Strange birds came and settled on the twigs and had to be attended to. Then all round the Tree, and behind it, through the gaps in the leaves and boughs, a country began to open out; and there were glimpses of a forest marching over the land, and of mountains tipped with snow."

-J. R. R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle

"Leaf By Niggle", in J.R.R. Tolkien, Poems And Stories
Houghton Mifflin: Boston, 1994.


The Tarot Trump


Tarot Trump IV suggested as the Shire atmosphere, and Baggins residence, embodies the spirit of Akasha, or Spirit, as a Diva, an unique residential sovereign. There is an associated view that the Diva of the house is often classified as a household god or goddess, and the spirit of the Baggins clan. The IV Emperor archetype is a condensation of the natural, high subtle form of Spirit as an element.

Film references with the idea of Spirit as the standard of Zeus in, Clash of the Titans, The Agony and the Ecstasy [Creator and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel], and Inherit The Wind are good for research. However - had Matthew Harrison Brady any knowledge of the Holy Qabalah, he could have put Henry Drummond in his place by asking for the origin of Adam Kadmon.

The Trump IV archetypal theme is very basic, as a patriarch. Bilbo Baggins, the Ringfinder, establishes clan destiny by discovering the means to destroy the Dark Lord's campaign to triumph over the free beings of Middle-earth. He may not understand all the implications of his little treasure, but he intuitively knows the power of the one ring is far beyond his capacity to manage.

In the movie, The Fifth Element, Bilbo [Ian Holm] is transformed into a priest. Vito Cornelius is the keeper of the keys. His life has been spent in a study of the divine language and the calendar, both with the same vigilance as Bilbo Baggins. Cornelius also conjures a hefty feast for his unexpected guest in the same way Baggins prepared a delightful table for the Wizard Gandalf the Gray. Trump IV rules the lower furnace in physical anatomy.

Cornelius provides the superbeing visitor with a visual electronic language and historic guide pertaining to chronological cultural progress in a century by century format. This is not unlike the well read journals of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins that have been the basis for the works of Tolkien.

EXERCISE: Draw similarities between the two stories and the character development. The story begins by establishing basic Trump IV relationships, environment, and strong characteristics.

Find links between Bilbo Baggins and Vito Cornelius in keeping with Trump IV. Email them with Tolkien references based on the language of the elves.

The negative side of the coin is, of course, the pseudo-spirit mode summoned by Saruman for use in his foul art - the perversion of the Potter myth by Saruman, opening doors to other dimensions without proper safeguards, and the infusion of sub-death consciousness into his army. This may be compared with the Gary Oldman (Immanual Zorg), character in The Fifth Element.

Link the elevated version of the Trump IV archetype, personified as Aragorn, King of the Reunited Kingdom, and the hero of The Fifth Element, Korben Dallis [Bruce Willis] currently a 'freelance ranger' though a former military hero and leader with a past record of distinguished service.

Tolkien's, The Lord of The Rings, provides savior-savioress scenes based on spiritual relationships that rely on the fifth element. Without Akasha? The Elf-queen Galadriel would seem a terrestrial empress, Eowyn could never defeat the Witch-king on the field of battle, and Aragorn would never be successful in his challenge of the Dark Lord at the Black Gate. Each installment of Tolkien's story illuminates the deeper characters of the unique inhabitants created for the world of Middle-earth. A core sense of individuality, integrity, and steadfastness defines the best strengths of the elves, dwarves, hobbits, wizards, and mortals. The essential savior-rescuer oath sworn by the Fellowship of the Ring implies a sub-text that sustains the nine walkers with many unspoken vows.








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3 lg Tart apples, peeled, cored & sliced
3 Egg whites
Grated peel of 2 lemons
6 tb Sugar
1/4 l White wine (1 cup plus 1 -Tbsp)
For baking: 1 Tbs Butter and 2 Tbs Sugar

In the wine, stew the apples until tender and mushy. Force through a sieve. Add the sugar and lemon peel. Meanwhile, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and then carefully fold into the apple mixture. Fill the whole into a buttered ovenproof dish, dust with 2 tablespoons sugar, and slowly bake at 250 degrees F for about half an hour. Don't wait until you're Eleventy-one to try this wonderful treat - it's perfect on any birthday party menu!br>



Amaretto Strawberries

1 pint fresh strawberries
1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur
Vanilla ice cream
Slivered almonds

Wash and hull strawberries; drain.
In a large bowl, marinate strawberries in Amaretto liqueur overnight.
Serve over ice cream and sprinkle with slivered almonds.

Makes 4 servings.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries



2 pints fresh raspberries [okay, frozen if you want]
½ cup water
½ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 tsp. Fresh lemon juice [Meyer Lemons are best]
1 cinnamon stick [optional]

Mash the raspberries in a glass bowl and press them through a sieve or strainer to remove the seeds. Place the raspberry puree in a saucepan and add the water, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Stir until the fruit mixture is smooth. Add a cinnamon stick, if desire. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thick. This should make about 3 cups of sauce.
Once again, refrigerate and store in a glass container, but serve at room temperature.

Blackberry Sauce
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Berry Custards

Conventional berry tarts are made by baking a shell of cookie dough and, when it is cold, filling it with custard, arranging berries on top, and finishing it with a glaze. However, it is easier, faster, and less caloric to make this similar recipe without the dough.

The custard is spooned into individual soufflé molds or small glass bowls and topped with berries glazed with seedless raspberry jam. Any small molds with about a 1/2-cup capacity that are pretty enough to serve in the dining room will work here.


No Bake Strawberry Pie

2 pints of fresh strawberries [1 1/2 pounds]
or 2 8 oz. pks frozen strawberries, drained
1 pkg strawberry glaze mix (in fruit dept.)
1 small blend of whip cream or crèam fraîche
1 ready made butter or graham cracker crust

Put strawberries in a medium bowl; first wash and cut fresh strawberries. Mix strawberries (drain all juice from frozen strawberries) with glaze or sugar to taste. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for about 1 hour. When ready to serve, fill crust with strawberries and cover with whip cream or crèam­ fraiche.


Concerning Berry Sauces

Strawberries are wild berries found by Bilbo in the upper Vales of Anduin, as he journeyed eastward on the Quest of Erebor. Nearly anything tastes better with a little fruit sauce poured over the top. Pancakes and waffles take on a fresh flavor, plain fruits become a delectable treat, and it adds personality to your tea tray if wizards [or divine beings] visit unexpectedly!

Ice Cream Sauces for Bilbo's Big Party Night

Strawberry Sauce

20 ounces strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for 5 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to the food processor and purée. Strain the sauce before transferring to a jar.

Blueberry Sauce

1 pound blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the cornstarch dissolves. Boil until the mixture thickened stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate.
Rev. Al Sharpton's favorite Blueberry Pie @ Martin Luther King Jr. fanpage

Cherry and Brandy Sauce

1 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
3 tablespoons brandy

In a saucepan combine the cherries, the sugar and 1 1/2 cups water and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water and add it to the cherry mixture, and simmer the mixture, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the brandy and stir it in.

Berry Sundaes

prep time: 5 minutes - cook time: 10 minutes

1 pint raspberries
1 pint blackberries
1 pint blueberries
1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved
2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
2 - 3 tbls. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
Vanilla Ice Cream or frozen yogurt
Fresh mint leaves

Preheat grill to medium-high heat [350 to 400 F / 177 C to 204 C]
Combine berries, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar and pinch of salt in medium bowl; toss to combine. Transfer berry mixture to a 9x13-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Fold up edges to form packet. Crimp and tightly seal edges.

Grill packet 10 minutes or until fruit releases its juices.
Serve ice cream in individual dishes; top with warm berry sauce and fresh mint.
Serves 4



In a large heatproof pitcher combine 4 hibiscus tea bags, 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, and 4 cups boiling water; steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and mint. Add 2 cups each apple juice and cold water; refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice with sprigs of mint, if desired.
Serves 8.



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Arwen's Garden tea, herbs, healing plants
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Pukerua Bay School students and their Hobbit puppets
Silk Screen Invitation Cards for your Middle-earth soiree



Fight Fire With Fire

Gandalf, as ring-bearer, is linked directly with The Imperishable Fire. This is the source of all life. It was with the Imperishable Fire that Iluvatar created the Ainur. Melkor searched for it for a long time, but found it not, because Iluvatar kept it with him. When he created Arda, Iluvatar set the Fire at it's heart. Another name for the Imperishable Fire is The Secret Fire (The Lord of the Rings page 348):

"I [Gandalf] am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor."

The Balrog and The Flame of Udun referred to by Gandalf in the Mines of Moria: the references to The Flame of Udun are uncertain. It is believed by some to be the flame at the heart of Orodruin, where the Ring of Power was cut from Sauron's hand. The clearest reference to the infernal nature of corrupted flame is spoken by Gandalf in his challenge to block the ancient Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-dûm (The Lord of the Rings page 348):

"The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udun. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass."

The battle between elemental expressions are as old as time itself. Those masters of the flame in its various manifestations will, at some time, confront each other. Saruman did not personally stand before Gandalf on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. But he was instrumental in diverting the Company of the Ring, away from their pathway over Redhorn Pass, into the lair of the corrupt monster of Moria - a Balrog of Morgoth. Until Gandalf and the Fellowship arrived, the Balrog could not be bested, and Khazad-dûm remained a citadel of darkness.

Read more: Joseph Campbell began to popularize the idea of comparative mythology — the study of the human impulse to create stories and images that, though they are clothed in the motifs of a particular time and place, draw nonetheless on universal, eternal themes. Heroes were important to Campbell because, to him, they conveyed universal truths about one's personal self-discovery and self-transcendence, one's role in society, and the relation between the two.

Campbell asserted: Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed. The living images become only remote facts of a distant time or sky. Furthermore, it is never difficult to demonstrate that as science and history mythology is absurd. When a civilization begins to reinterpret its mythology in this way, the life goes out of it, temples become museums, and the link between the two perspectives becomes dissolved.


Homo Floresiensis

The one-metre- (3ft) tall species - dubbed "the Hobbit" - lived on Flores Island until at least 12,000 years ago...

"There have always been myths about small people - Ireland has its Leprechauns and Australia has the Yowies. I suppose there's some feeling that this is an oral history going back to the survival of these small people into recent times," said co-discoverer Peter Brown, an associate professor of archaeology at New England.


Crystal symbol key and Tea Leaves [Divination Class at Hogwarts]
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* Traditions hold training for commercial, industrial or agricultural careers should place emphasis on usefulness, rather than show: study the life and achievement of any great man of genius. His genius has consisted principally in his wonderful capacity to labor for perfection in the most minute detail. And yet most ambitious misfits are unwilling to work hard. Their products always show lack of finish due to methods, unwillingness to spend time, to take pains to bring what they do up to a standard of beautiful perfection, so far as perfection is humanly possible. The Hobbit is perfectly productive within the Shire environment. The love of nature and love of beauty blend with intellectual gifts that maintain order, method, and system. The extent of insulation from the outside world is appropriate.

** Mercury in Aquarius - a short list
Mercury in Aquarius Men: Sean Astin [Mercury 29°07' Aquarius], Christian Bale, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bill Bixby, William Burroughs, Jim Carrey, David Caruso (Lieutenant Horatio Caine), Frédéric Chopin, Ornette Coleman, Kevin Costner, Daniel Craig, Billy Crystal, Roger Daltrey (Who), Benjamin Franklin, Clark Gable, Handel, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Freddie Highmore, Judd Hirsch, LL Cool J (b James Todd Smith III), Steven Jobs, Terry Jones (Monty Python), Michael Jordan, Jack Kerouac, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ashton Kutcher, Jack London, Bill Maher, Ray Manzarek, Bob Marley, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Paine, François Rabelais, Lou Reed, Oliver Reed, "Django" Reinhardt, Franz Schubert, Seal. Gary Sinise (CSI: NY), James Spader, John Steinbeck, Johann Strauss I, James Taylor, Rob Thomas, François Truffaut, Roger Vadim, Jules Gabriel Verne, Vivaldi, George Washington, and, of course, Elijah Wood [Mercury conjunct Mars, Mercury sextile Neptune]

Mercury in Aquarius Women: Jennifer Aniston, Tallulah Bankhead, Drew Barrymore, Shirley Bassey, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth, Emily Blunt, Chastity Sun Bono, Brandy (b Brandy Norwood), Christie Brinkley, Emma Bunton (Spice Girls), Stockard Channing, Sheryl Crow, Geena Davis, Jeanne Dixon, Dakota Fanning, Mia Farrow, Farrah Fawcett, Renée Fleming, Eva Gabor, Jean Harlow, Alicia Keys, Carole King, Nastassja Kinski Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Lou Retton, Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine, ST: Voyager), Sarah McLachlan, Eva Mendes, Jeanne Moreau, Pola Negri, Anaïs Nin, Kim Novak, Merle Oberon, Rosa Parks, Bernadette Peters, Victoria Principal, Charlotte Rampling, Molly Ringwald, Mimi Rogers, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, Saint Bernadette (b Marie-Bernarde Soubirous), Gloria Vanderbilt, Betty White, Nancy Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, and Joanne Woodward
Mercury in the Zodiacal Signs

*** January 10, 1419
The Fellowship in the Mines of Moria
Passing through the underground world of the Dwarves, Gimli refers to a mithril shirt as a gift worthy of a king. Gandalf tells about Bilbo's acquisition of the mithril coat, saying, "I never told him, but its worth was greater than the value of the whole Shire and everything in it."


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