The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

It’s time to slip off your shoes, put your hairy feet up, light your pipe if you’ve a mind and preference to, and raise your flagon to celebrate the birthday of two of the Shire’s most famous Hobbits; Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. You remember those Bagginses, they actually like to wander around outside the Shire among all those Elves, Humans, Orcs, Goblins, Giants, Wizards and what not. I know . . . I know, utter nonsense. What is there that any self respecting Hobbit could possibly need out there? Nothing I say, but when they came back they did tell a good tale, didn’t they?

Saturday, September 22nd marks the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins (Bilbo is reported to have been born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 during the Third Age, 1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.). As most of you already know, Hobbits enjoy a good party and there’s no better party than the birthday party of a Bagginses. Why, there might even be wizardly fireworks!

We’ve collected a gallery of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobitt themed birthday cakes to celebrate the occasion. There are home made cakes and very professional cakes to admire in the collection below. I’m sure any self respecting Hobbit would enjoy a large slice of any of those cakes during breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper. Hmm, I think I’ll go downstairs and see if there is any cake left in the refrigerator.

Which cake would you want a slice from? Let us know in the comments section below.

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While Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was an astounding end to a beloved franchise, does it deserve the prestige of being named Best Picture of the year? Well, Warner Bros. sure thinks so.  They have gone all out in their campaign to get nods from the Academy for a nomination. Now according to Variety,

“Warners will ‘absolutely, hands-down, across-the-board’ push the last installment of Harry Potter hoping Academy members will consider a vote for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a wider nod to the entire franchise, a notion that very much helped propel Return of the King to Oscar glory.”

While it may assuredly claim a nomination, it seems a bit of a stretch to assume that they will take Best Picture.  It will surely sweep a good many other nominations in the categories for visual effects, art direction, editing, sound and other technical categories.  Warner Bros. wishes to attain notoriety for this last film in the Harry Potter franchise the way Lord of the Rings managed to take Best Picture for their last film, Return of the King.

I must say that I liked the last film, but I never saw it as anything that could hold a candle to what Return of the King did for the end of  franchise/trilogy. Harry Potter was touching and  made my eyes water a little bit, but did not deliver pure awesome sauce oozing from its theatrical pores.

What do you all think about Deathly Hallows Part 2 being pushed for Best Picture? Do you think it has a chance of winning?