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Hobbit Party Ideas: Games, Activities, and Food
Party Activities for Adults and Kids
Here is a collection of party ideas based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit.
This is an all-ages site with suggestions for older kids and adults who have read the books, as well as younger kids who may have watched some of the Lord of the Rings movies and would get a kick out of drawing a goblin.
I've included a few food ideas, too, because hobbits are almost always hungry.
Keep scrolling down for suggestions of games, food, prizes, decorations, and costumes.
Table of Contents for Hobbit Party Ideas
Party Prize and Favor Ideas
Game: Name Guessing
Game: Hobbit Drawing (like Pictionary)
Game: Hobbit Riddles
Activity: Draw a Goblin
Game: Hobbit Bingo
Activity: Find Out Your Middle Earth Name
Activity: Hobbit Origami
Food: Spider Pops
Game: Hunt the Ring
Activity: Easy Magic Tricks
How to Make a Hobbit Costume
Decorations for You Hobbit Party
Just a few items of decoration will help to set the mood for your hobbit party.
There are lots of uses for this iconic sign. On the bathroom door? On the liquor cabinet?
An interesting little note for Lord of the Rings geeks: you remember that Gandalf declares "You shall not pass!" as he stands on the bridge to keep the evil Balrog from getting at Frodo and his companions.
In the book, the line is "You cannot pass!" and there is a whole stream of internet chatter discussing the word choice. The consensus seems to be that Tolkien was being quite precise with his language in stating that the Balrog literally was not able to pass, being prohibited by his very nature from crossing the path of a wizard who wields the Flame of Anor.
But, for the movie, the statement "You shall not pass!" makes it seem more like Gandalf is protecting the others more by force of will than anything else. It also sounds more theatrical, especially when spoken by the likes of actor Iam McKellen.
Bilbo Baggins Cardboard Standee
I really like cardboard cut-outs for a party. You can stand this fellow next to the entrance, and people can have their picture taken with him. After the party, he can hang around the living room and keep you company.
Prize and Favor Ideas
If you are going to have contests, it might be fun to offer a prize to the winners. This list also includes stickers and rings that you can give out as favors. The following suggestions won't break the bank.
Here is the poster from the first movie. I’ve always liked this poster the best because it dramatizes the sense of possibility and the adventure that Bilbo chose, contrary to the nature of most Hobbits. I bought one for the library where I work to advertise our Hobbit program. It came in good shape.
The Gandalf pen and bookmark makes a nice takeaway.
This activity can serve as a good icebreaker for your party.
1. Write the names of the main characters from the book on a piece of paper. See list below for suggestions of characters to use. Tape a name to each participants' back without letting them see the name on it. (Alternately, you can write the name on a file folder label, then just peel it off and stick it to the person's back.)
2. Once all the players have names on their backs, they can turn around and show the name to other players and ask "yes" or "no" questions that will help them guess the name they've been given. Sample questions could be "Am I an elf?" and "Do I have a weapon?"
3. Once players have guessed, they can move the sign to the front of their shirt to show that they have guessed correctly. They can continue playing and answering questions for the other players. (Alternately, you can have several of each name tag made and give players another name to guess.)
Main Characters from The Hobbit:
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit
Gandalf, a wizard
Thorin Oakenshield, the head dwarf
Smaug, a dragon
Elrond, an elf, Lord of Rivendell
Gollum, once a hobbit, who has become corrupted by The Ring
Beorn, a big man who could assume the shape of a bear
Bard, the Bowman, an archer of Laketown
Balin, the dwarf who accompanies Bilbo down the secret passage to Smaug
It's easy to make your own hobbit-themed drawing game similar to Pictionary. Just follow the steps below.
1. Write the names of people, places, or things from the book onto index cards.
2. Separate the guests into two teams. Provide a pad of paper and a pencil to each team.
3. Each teams rolls a die to determine who goes first.
4. Place the cards face down between two teams. The first person to take a turn picks up one of the cards and reads the word. After five seconds, that person must place the card down on the table and begin to draw the word clearly enough so that the other members of the team can guess what it is.
5. The members of the team have one minute to guess what their teammate is drawing. The person drawing may not write any words, say any words, or do any gestures.
6. If the team guesses, they get a point. If they don't guess in the allotted time, they get no point.
7. Then, a person from the other team chooses a card, and they continue on in like fashion until all the cards are used up.
The team with the most points wins.
Words to Use for Hobbit Drawing Game
Click the link below for a site with Hobbit riddles. Copy them onto a sheet of paper and cut them apart. Then copy the answers onto paper and cut them apart as well.
Give half your group a riddle, and give the other half the answers.
Have each person read his/her riddle out loud and see if the others can figure out which one of them has the answer.
Here are the riddles that are asked in the book.Gollum
What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees Up, up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
Thirty white horses on a red hill,
First they champ,
Then they stamp,
Then they stand still.
Answer: Teeth on ChestnutsGollum
Voiceless it cries,
Mouthless mutters. . .
An eye in a blue face
Saw an eye in a green face.
'That eye is like to this eye'
Said the first eye,
'But in low place
Not in high place.'
Answer: Sun shining on daisiesGollum
It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt.
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills.
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.
A box without hinges, key or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking
No-legs lay on one-leg, two legs sat near on three legs, four legs got some.
Answer: Fish on a little one-legged table, man at table sitting on a three-legged stool, the cat gets the bonesGollum
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.
What have I got in my pocket?
Answer: A ring
Draw a Goblin
This is a game that kids really like. Adults might want to join in the fun, too, and show their creativity.
Different artists have come up with different ideas of what a goblin looks like. In this activity, three different people draw their idea of a goblin without seeing the other two. These drawings have hilarious results which the kids usually love.
1. Fold a piece of white copy paper into thirds. (As if you were folding a letter for an envelope.)
2. The first person will turn the paper over to the bottom third and draw the feet and legs.
3. The second person will turn the paper to the middle third and draw the body and the arms.
4. The third person will turn the paper to the top third and draw the head. When the head is drawn, this person gets to unfold the whole creation and name the creature.
BINGO is a fun and simple game, but making the cards can be time-comsuming.
Fortunately, the following site simplifies the process of making a set of BINGO cards in which each card is different. You just choose the size of card, enter the terms you want to use and click the button "Free Bingo Space" to generate a card. After you print that card, you can click the button again to generate a different card, and so on.
This site has character descriptions to use as clues to put in your BINGO games. If you put each clue on a note card, you can read them off and then put the card aside so that you can check answers when someone gets a BINGO.
Some of the descriptions have enough information so that you can draw up several clue cards.
For example, for the character of Gollum, you could have the following clue cards:
Clue Card 1: " A strange, small, slimy creature who lives deep in the caves of Moria beneath the Misty Mountains."
Clue Card 2: This creature "broods over his "precious,"a magic ring, until he accidentally loses it and Bilbo finds it".
Clue Card 3: "We never learn exactly what kind of creature [this character] is. Apparently, his true shape has been too deformed by years of living in darkness to be recognizable."
Here are some characters/types of beings to put on the BINGO cards:
Dark Lord Sauron
- Name Generator
What would your name be if you lived in Middle Earth? Using this online name generator, you can type in your name, choose your creature (hobbit, elf, wizard, dwarf, or human), and the generator will work its magic and give you your very own Middle
Dragons, Swords, and the Like
- Lots of Fun Hobbit Origami Projects
This site includes links to videos and instructions to make a variety of hobbit-themed items; wizards, swords, dragons, etc. They range from the very simple (for the kids and origami newbies) to the complex, for old hands at origami.
Give everyone a little "precious" to take home with them.
For Kids: Food, and Games
- Spider Pops
Kids can make this spider lollipop themselves.
- Hunt the Ring
Sort of like a variation, of "Who's Got the Button?" this game includes a ring, and being sneaky. I like this site because it includes a video showing you how to play the game.
- Easy Magic Tricks
Young Gandalfs can use this site to learn to perform magic.
An Easy But Gorgeous Do-It-Yourself Cake - Just had to share this cake from the blog Over the Apple Tree.
Making Your Own Hobbit Costume
How to Make a Hobbit Costume
- How to Dress Like a Hobbit for Halloween
This is the clearest and simplest set of ideas I've come across for making your own hobbit costume. You can find most of the items in your closet, or with a trip to the local thrift store.
- How to Make a Cloak
If you'd like to add a cloak to your costume, this site has clear instructions and illustrations.
Just in case you don't want to use spirit gum to glue hair to your feet--here are a pair of nice hobbit feet slippers. They take a little getting used to, but they have gripper on the bottom to keep you from slipping and sliding on the floor.
Games for Other Party Themes
- Wizard of Oz Party Ideas: Games, Activities, and Food
Step-by step directions for easy games and activities for a Wizard of Oz party. Simple to put together from things you have around the house or can buy at the the store.
- Games to Play at Your Harry Potter Party: Printables for Easy and Entertaining Things To Do With a G
Find time-saving printable templates for all ages. Includes games to play based on the Harry Potter books. Name generator, polyjuice potion game, and Harry Potter bingo.