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Did we glimpse baby Samwise?

Baby Samwise

Could these be Gamgees?

The first time I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition, I mistook a hobbit in the marketplace scene for Sean Astin. Upon pausing the film, however, I realized it wasn’t Sean at all but rather an actor who strongly resembled him… holding a baby. I’m certain the filmmakers also noticed this resemblance, which begs the question: is this Gaffer Gamgee and Samwise?!

Remember, Hobbits are a longer-lived race than Men. They come of age at 30, after all. In The Fellowship of the Ring (book), Frodo celebrates his 50th birthday shortly before embarking on the Quest to destroy the One Ring. The events of The Hobbit are said to take place roughly 60 years before Frodo steps out his front door on that fateful day. Sam is stated to be younger than Frodo in the books, but given the altered timeline of the films, Samwise (who looks older than Frodo in FOTR) could be around 60 years old when he joins his friend on the adventure, which could justify this (possible) baby cameo.

sam

Samwise is ready for an adventure!

After all, Jackson’s Middle-earth films are a magical place in more ways than one: that stumbling man in Bree is still eating a carrot 60 years later, unchanged by time!

What do you think? Is this baby Sam Gamgee? Or perhaps baby Hamfast (Gaffer) and his father? At the very least, they must be some Gamgee relation!

sam and eleanor

Sam and his daughter Eleanor at the end of ROTK

Only one thing is abundantly clear: baby hobbits are adorable.

Posted in Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Happy Hobbit: Dodo’s Donuts – Episode 58

kili and dodo

Kili and Dodo Brushwater, a shady hobbit from Frogmorton, want some donuts but neither know how to make the delicious treats. How will they convince Fili to make them… or will they?

Dodo’s Donuts Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups milk (preferably whole but can be any)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the sugar coating:
1/4-1/2 a stick of unsalted butter (can use up to a stick but just eyeball it)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (Can adjust the amounts of sugar and cinnamon to taste or color!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In a small bowl, stir together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. (Stirring with a spatula or large spoon works best!) Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake for 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan. You may need to carefully cut around their edges to get them out!

For the topping, melt the butter in the microwave then combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in the butter, (if you’re using a wide enough bowl, or else paint the butter on with a brush), and then in the cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.

And pig out like Dodo would!

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Uncategorized

Happy Hobbit: BOTFA Line Party – Episode 57

Join Kili and Fili at the Battle of the Five Armies line party… one last time!

 

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Line Party

Happy Hobbit: Holiday Special – Episode 56

Since the final film was released during this festive season, learn how to turn that Middle-earth nostalgia into holiday fun!


 

Join us in Los Angeles in February at The One Last Party

one last party logo We’re hosting a Party of Special Magnificence next February — a toast to all SIX movies, both LOTR trilogy and The Hobbit.

Visit our Indiegogo campaign page to grab your tickets and help make it happen — so we can all celebrate Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies together!

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit

Happy Hobbit: BOTFA Premiere

Join Fili and Kili in Hollywood as they interview those rapscallion dwarves, elves, orcs, hobbits, and filmmakers! It was quite the humorous affair and “Hobbitception” came full-circle!

 

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, Premieres

Things to do While Waiting for BOTFA – 5

Get musical with the soundtrack and some Elven bird calls while you wait!

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Uncategorized

Things to do While Waiting for BOTFA – 4

Since we’re all still waiting, here are a few more fun ways to pass the time, including The One Last Party!

 

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Oscar Parties, The One Last Party

Happy Hobbit: Middle-earth Gaming – Episode 55

Ever wondered what some of those Tolkien-inspired video games were like? Join Fili and Kili to sample them. WARNING: This video was filmed by professionals. You should not attempt to anger your sister in Elf Mode at home without another Elf being present.

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, Merchandise, The Hobbit, Tolkien, Video games

Things to do While Waiting for BOTFA – 3

Still tired of waiting? Have a cat? Then have at it!

 

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit

Things to do While Waiting for BOFA – 2

Need more to do? Then try turning your baby (or a friend’s) into a Tolkien fan!

Oh, and keep an eye out for more installments of this little series, or both eyes, if you can spare them, by subscribing to Happy Hobbit on YouTube by clicking here!

 

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien

Happy Hobbit: Orcsgiving (Thanksgiving Special) – Episode 54

Orcsgiving YT

Thanksgiving is a time of year to give back to your community. It’s important to remember that orcs were once Elves, so this holiday season, do the right thing: bring an orc to your Thanksgiving. Here’s a few tips on how!

 

happy thanksgiving

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit

Things to do While Waiting for BOTFA – 1

Things To Do BOFA

Bored while counting down the days to a certain movie?! Well join us during the wait to make the time go quicker with some hobbity activities in this new little series!

Posted in Fans, Happy Hobbit