Before we return to the subject of missing identities, which as I found out roughly half an hour after my cell-phone was either left at home in a ridiculously hard to find spot or pick-pocketed on the L train in Chicago are not the same as stolen ones, it couldn't hurt to watch this clip in preparation for tomorrow afternoon's event in conjunction with The Rivendell Discussion Group of the Mythopoeic Society and and The Minnesota Tolkien Society* as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit. (And if you're even half the reader I think you are, it not only couldn't hurt, it might just be the best thing on the internet you've seen since... Oh, God, J. Crew's having a sale?) There'll be songs, there'll be cake, there'll be jokes lost on many in attendance. The only thing in doubt, in fact, is which picture one employs in a blog post about hobbits!?! It's like choosing between different kinds of ice-cream, beer or pizza, shoes or no shoes. What's a blogger to do, when just a Google Image search away you've got pictures of adults dressed up like wizards on the one hand, eating chips out of bowl shaped like a cauldron, while next door Elijah Wood comes out of nowhere, staring at you like a freshman who got drunk for the first time and can't find his way out of his apartment. The possibilities are endless. In the end, I went with Leonard Nimoy, which if you watch the video will all make sense. * I've just been informed that while nominally distinct, these societies are in fact one and the same.