Adele has been a youth services librarian in public libraries for 20 years.
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 article 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
- Game: Hobbit Name Guessing
- Game: Hobbit Drawing (like Pictionary)
- Game: Hobbit Riddles
- Activity: Draw a Goblin
- Game: Lord of the Rings Trivia/Bingo
- Activity: What's Your Hobbit Name?
- Links to Additional Hobbit Activity Resources
Link for Game Sheets
The following games and activities make use of these printable sheets.
- Hobbit Name Guessing
- Hobbit Drawing
- Hobbit Riddles
- Lord of the Rings Trivia/Bingo
- What's Your Hobbit Name?
1. Hobbit Name Guessing
This activity can serve as a good icebreaker for your hobbit-themed party.
- Print out the "Hobbit Name Guessing" page and cut the slips apart. 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.)
- 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?"
- 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
- Balin, the dwarf who accompanies Bilbo down the secret passage to Smaug
- The Elvenking, who ruled over the Woodland Realm, father to Legolas
- Dori, a dwarf, brother to Nori and Ori
- Sauron, creator of the One ring, known as the Necromancer in The Hobbit
- Tom, one of the Stone trolls that Bilbo encountered
2. Hobbit Drawing Game (Like Pictionary)
It's easy to make your own hobbit-themed drawing game similar to Pictionary. Just follow the steps below.
- Print the "Hobbit Name Game" page (link in orange, above in this article) onto card stock. Cut the cards apart.
- Separate the guests into two teams. Provide a pad of paper and a pencil to each team.
- Each team rolls a die to determine who goes first.
- 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.
- 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.
- If the team guesses, they get a point. If they don't guess in the allotted time, they get no point.
- 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!
3. Hobbit Riddles
- Print the Hobbit riddles sheets from the link above. Cut the slips apart.
- 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.
4. 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 about 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 that the kids usually love.
- Print a copy of the drawing sheet.
- Fold a piece of white copy paper into thirds. (As if you were folding a letter for an envelope.)
- The first person will turn the paper over to the bottom third and draw the feet and legs.
- The second person will turn the paper to the middle third and draw the body and the arms.
- 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.
5. Hobbit Bingo
BINGO is a fun and simple game, but making the cards can be time-consuming. Fortunately, this 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.
For the BINGO clues, print out the "Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Trivia and Bingo Cards" from the orange link at the beginning of this article. These cards have clues for eight of the characters/races in Middle Earth. With those eight words, you can make a set of 3X3 BINGO cards with a free space in the middle.
6. What’s Your Hobbit Name?
Print out the game sheet from the orange link to the documents given at the top of this article. This sheet will guide you in creating your own hobbit name based on the letters in your name.
7. Links to Additional Hobbit Activity Resources
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
© 2012 Adele Jeunette
Share your Hobbit Party Ideas here!
AnuradhaM on March 27, 2014:
I liked your lens. Thanks for the information.
TerriCarr on February 28, 2014:
So many creative and stimulating ideas. I love the hobbit houses :-))
Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on November 07, 2013:
Great fun ideas!
artsy-geek on October 20, 2013:
I love all the party ideas : )
AmberColleen LM on April 11, 2013:
This is fantastic! My friends and I used to have hobbit day parties on September 22nd, and we'd dress up as our favorite characters and have hobbit food and watch the LotR movies. It's really fun!
WriterJanis2 on January 04, 2013:
You have so many fun ideas here.