22 September 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 84: the Farewell Party

On September 22, TA 3001, Bilbo Baggins threw a Birthday Party (also known as the Long-Expected Party) for himself and for his heir, Frodo Baggins. Bilbo was celebrating eleventy-one years, while Frodo, aged thirty-three, was celebrating his coming of age. The Party, held in the Party Field, welcomed 144 guests (primarily family and close friends) and was abundant in food, fireworks (by none other than Gandalf), and lavish presents, coming from places as far away as Erebor. 

Near the end of the Party, following Bilbo’s Speech, he slipped on the One Ring and vanished from the Shire, leaving all of his possessions to Frodo - including the One Ring. Years later, as Gandalf learned of the power of the One Ring, and of the Enemy's determination to find it, Frodo set out on what would eventually become his perilous quest into Mordor to destroy the Ring of Power.

How Old Would They Be Today?

I'll admit that I have no idea how to convert Shire Reckoning dates into a more familiar mode, but using the publication date of The Return of the King for calculations, we can estimate that today, Frodo and Bilbo would be about 108 and 186, respectively:

Given that:

In 1955 when Return of the King was published, Frodo Baggins had sailed to the Undying Lands at the age of 52; which would have made Bilbo, who was 78 years older, 130 years of age.

Add 56 years to get to present-day (2011):

52 + 56 = 108 years for Frodo; 130 + 56 = 186 years for Bilbo


  1. You mentioned Gandalf Found out about the One Ring "years" later after Billbo left it for Frodo but in the movie it was later that night it seemed.

  2. The movie changed a lot of details...the Farewell Party was held in TA 3001, but Frodo didn't leave the Shire until TA 3018.