Tolkien’s Birthday Bash-Slaying the Competition
Every year my friends and I participate in the Kennedy School Tolkien Birthday Bash. They have live music, dancing, The Willamette Radio Workshop does a dramatic reading from The Hobbit, there is bountiful delicious food, the full screening of extended LOTR, and our favorite part, the costume competition.
No Hobbit Day is complete without an epic cheese tray. We enjoyed ours the night before while we worked on the finishing touches of our three person Smaug the Magnificent costume until about 12AM…we had to get it just right!!
A fellow hobbit had given me an incredible drinking horn for Christmas, and this was it’s big debut! We spent the whole day filling it with beer and drinking to our victory and triumph!
We started the day by watching Fellowship of the Ring, drinking beer, and, OF COURSE, brunch!! We had a hobbit sized meal with classic eggs benedict, an open faced smoked salmon sandwich with a side of hollandaise, a delicious breakfast burrito filled with eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, and hash browns, topped with avocado, sour cream and house made salsa, and a delicious home-made biscuits and gravy. We triumphantly marched into the theatre wearing Smaug, and were pleasantly surprised by the cheering, clapping, and standing ovation we received…and the day had barely begun! Once we were seated, we got more comfortable clothing on and put Smaug in a safe place until the competition.
We also spent the ENTIRE day eating like hobbits. Kennedy School had prepared an incredible Tolkien/LOTR themed menu just for the occasion.
I have to say, the Hobbit inspired beer was absolutely superb!
When it came time for the costume contest, we suited up in our matching dragon-scale leggings, black shirts, and got into our giant Smaug.
We were blown away by how well received Smaug was. He looked good, adults loved him, most kids were in awe (however we did make one cry and we had to show them how he worked so she wouldn’t be afraid anymore!) One child even went home bound and determined to make their own dragon.
We definitely had pre-competition shenanigans with others in costume pretending to slay us or posing for photos with us. You can check out more epic costumes from the competition here.
When Smaug the Magnificent was finally called, we strutted up to the microphone and introduced ourselves in a pre-recorded Benedict Cumberbatch Smaug introduction. It was so much fun! The Master of Ceremonies even asked if we were professional puppeteers as he was so blown away by our costume and movements.
The Hangry Hobbits ended up taking first prize in the competition (so we can now say we are award winning Tolkien costumers!) which was a one night stay at the Kennedy School Hotel, dinner and breakfast for two, and free beer…I would say that’s a prize well worth the effort!!
Check out the video of our win here:
You can make your own dragon head here: How to Build Your Dragon Part 1 of 2
Here is how the body of the dragon was constructed: How to Build Your Dragon Part 2 of 2
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