Post Sections ⇅
- When is Baggins’ Birthday 2023?
- How to Start Baggins Birthday
- Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday
- The Forgotten Birthday
Every September, LOTRO takes time to celebrate Baggins’ Birthday, especially on the 22nd of the month. To anyone familiar with the lore of The Lord of the Rings will know that Bilbo and his nephew Frodo share the same birthday and so both can be enjoyed. And hopefully it’ll go better than the eleventy-first event at the Party Tree with the disappearing Hobbit trick! In this guide, I’m going to first cover the Shire part of Bilbo’s Birthday, as it’s accessible to all players of all levels. I have now also added The Forgotten Birthday, which all players can do, so long as you take a little care!
When is Baggins’ Birthday 2023?From 20th September from 2pm GMT (10am /servertime) to 26th September at 7am GMT (3am /servertime).
Travel RequirementsThe Bilbo part takes place mostly in The Shire. However, Frodo is in the Last Homely House in Rivendell. If your character has not reached Imladris yet, you have a few options:
Ask for TravelYou may be able to ask in World Chat for a Hunter to port you there. They will invite you to Fellowship to make this possible. Be sure to thank the person who goes out their way to help you!
Trollshaws StablesIf you have made it to Ost Guruth in the Lone-Lands, then you’re not far from the border with the Trollshaws. Consider using LOTRO Plugins to help you, such as StableGuy to find the best route. Once you’ve got to a Trollshaws stable, use that to go to Rivendell and/or the Last Homely House.
Run/Ride ThereTrollshaws is a L35-40 region. If you have yet to visit Rivendell and you are under that level you can try to get there on foot or on a mount. This is technically achievable, as any Chicken players will tell you. But beasts especially stray near to the paths, so reaching Rivendell this way is a last resort!
Travel Tips from Twitter
…once you reach lvl 20 you can pick up the Road to the Lonely Mountain quest from Gandalf at the Prancing Pony, which will immediately transport you to Rivendell. Speak to the stable master there to get the travel location.
And then cancel the quest so you can talk to Gandalf again to repeat the free port.😁
Bilbo Baggins’ BirthdayThe whole of this event takes place over various quests. It’s aim is not the reward, but the journey – to which I wholeheartedly approve! These are:Gaffer’s List, which is where you collect stories about Bilbo.
Frodo’s RequestReminiscent of the end of Shadows of Angmar where you have to keep going back to Elrond in Rivendell, Baggins’ Birthday starts with Frodo in Imladris. He sends you back to the Shire and you’ll need to return to the Last Homely House to complete the quest! Frodo’s Request is just the opener – like a summons I suppose. That Hobbit will then move you onto the main quest: Gaffer’s List.
Don’t RushIf this is your first time, please read the stories rather than racing yourself to complete the event. There are twelve and they’re all only a few short paragraphs each. There are some real gems in there, like the Riders of Roger!
Where Are All the NPCs?Here is a map of the Shire, showing where all the Hobbits you need to speak to can be found.
1. Ted Sandyman30.8S, 71.2W (near the water-wheel)
2. Robin SmallburrowThe Ivy Bush Inn (34.1S, 71.1W)
3. Dudo Chubb31.3S, 71.2W (by the Task Board)
4. Lobelia Sackville-BagginsBag End: 29.4S, 71.3W
5 & 9: Storyteller and ChildBoth the “Child” and “Storyteller” are round the corner in the Ivy Bush.
6. Hal Hornblower31.5S, 71.2W
7. Bogo ChubbBogo changes his appearance, by the way. Something to do with a change they made to make Stablemasters roughly 50/50 Male/Female in Middle-Earth, I think.
8. Lotho Sackville-BagginsBag End, 29.4S, 71.3W
10. Hereward LoamsdownThe Ivy Bush Inn (34.1S, 71.1W)
11. Holly Hornblower31.2S, 71.1W
12. Postman Grubb31.2S, 71.3W
The Collected Stories
Return to Gaffer GamgeeDon’t forget this part! The Gaffer has the follow-on quest you need to be able to complete the event.
Deliver the Stories to Bilbo BagginsOnce you’ve completed your task and spoken with Gaffer Gamgee, go to Bilbo in Rivendell to complete this stage of Baggins Birthday.
Chronicler Title DeedBy completing the following, you can earn the Chronicler title:
(Bilbo) Baggins’ Birthday Rewards
- Legendary Item XP
- Decoration: Scribe’s Bookstand
See this decoration on Déco du Milieu.
The Forgotten BirthdayIt was only last year that I realised there was a second part to Baggins’ Birthday. But it’s not obvious unless you’ve visited the location already. The Forgotten Birthday quest starts in Lake-Town in Eryn Lasgalen. While the enemies around the paths are Level 115, they are avoidable and anyone of any level can complete this quest, if you can get there. I’ll try to summarise the journey points and leave the storytelling up to the NPCs.
The PremiseUnlike the Baggins Birthday main quest where you are collecting random stories, The Forgotten Birthday is specific. You’re asking about the events around the death of Smaug the Dragon and Thorin Oakenshield’s company. There is a fair amount of travelling for this one – and that is a good thing! This is especially true if you’ve never been to this area before, which was the case for me.
Getting to Lake-Town
…grab a ride to Annâk-khurfu* War Room at any of the dwarf stable masters in Bree, Celondim, Michel Delving or Thorin’s Gate. Get outside and ride from Erebor to Lake Town, which is just down the road.* Annâk-Khurfu is the location for the Gabil’akka Missions.