A Rosie Day

A Rosie Day

​Of the many charming places I wish to visit in the Shire, my first choice would be Hobbiton. My preferred companion of the day would be Rosie Gamgee née Cotton. I wouldn’t complain of meeting any of our beloved and most famous hobbits, but I fancy that to have a fellow woman with whom to…

A Rosie Day

Hiking the Green Hill Country

“Hobbits are an unobtrusive but very ancient people, more numerous formerly than they are today; for they love peace and quiet and good tilled earth: a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside was their favourite haunt….As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they…

A Rosie Day

Fixing Farmer Maggot’s Wagon

Crack! “Dang it.” Crack! “Ah, there it is.” The flame roars to life from freshly dried tobacco leaves in my third-generation pipe. The sun sets behind rows of corn, nearly dusk now, as the fireflies begin their evening dance. I pull out my daily farm journal, a discipline passed down from my father to chronicle…

A Rosie Day

New Hope in the Party Field

Every journey begins with that first fateful step. It’s a dangerous business. But, as many a Hobbit has discovered, those risky comings and goings are often fruitful despite the odds. When the Hobbits returned to the Shire in The Return of the King, they thought the hard times were behind them. Smooth sailing was the…

A Rosie Day

The Road to Adventure

If I could call on one character at the Shire, I would visit Bilbo Baggins at Bag End at Bagshot Row. He is rather like me in that he is eccentric but also fun. Would that I could read the real Red Book: translations, lays, and so much more! I would also love to see…