Best Ways To Bring Middle-Earth To Cleveland

December 10, 2012 6:00 AM

(credit: Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures)

(credit: Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures)

(credit: Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures)

People all over the country are counting down the days until Dec. 14, when “The Hobbit” will be released. The 75-year-old book is still a classic for many generations, and this movie promises to bring it back to life. Hobbit lovers not only in the United States, but all over the world are preparing for this most-anticipated arrival. Cleveland is surely keeping in the spirit of bringing Middle-earth to Cleveland with these exciting events for Hobbit lovers of all ages.
Denny’s Restaurants
4331 W. 150th St.
Cleveland, OH 44135
(216) 671-8221

All Denny’s restaurants will be getting into “The Hobbit” spirit. Partnering with Warner Brothers, it will add 11 new Hobbit-inspired items to its menu. Start the day with a Hobbit hole breakfast or build-your-own Hobbit slam, or prep for your long night in line at the theater with Frodo’s pot roast skillet. Better still, get it to go and taunt those hungry, costumed Hobbits wishing for elevensies in line at midnight.

Cleveland Heights Public Library
2345 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 932-3600

The Cleveland Public Library will host several events for “The Hobbit,” including readings and discussions such as the one Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. This discussion features everything J.R.R Tolkien. The father of fantasy, once a peer of C.S. Lewis and one of the top earning dead celebrities, has a few secrets still up his sleeves. Expect a thorough lesson on the author and his life as well as the role his stories played on fairy tales from other countries in Europe.

Cleveland State University
2001 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 687-2000

Price: free

Cleveland State will be taking a more art-directed approach to preparing for the arrival of “The Hobbit.” The orchestra will host a performance titled “An Evening of Music from Middle-earth.” The three song cycles will be performed by faculty members Eileen Moore and Donald Swan. Song titles will include “The Road Goes Ever On,” “Maidens of Middle-earth,” “Maidens of Middle-earth II: The Silmarillion.”

This will be online event for all Hobbit and Middle-earth lovers to enjoy. Host a get together at home or in your area coffee shop, and celebrate the joys. This event will be held Dec. 13 at 12: p.m. Expect readings of parts of “The Hobbit,” never heard before interviews and exclusive giveaways. Also listeners and watchers may purchase T-shirts and buttons, all Hobbit themed and perfect for celebrating all things Middle-earth.

Barnes and Noble
2020 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 583-0607

Hobbit fans may pick up merchandise to feed their hobbit cravings right here in town. Customers may purchase “The Hobbit” in several forms. Buy the book as a hardcover or paperback, new or used, or electronically. In addition to being able to buy just the book, Barnes and Noble will also sell companions to the original story. Snag illustrated guides of “The Hobbit” for only $11.33, or purchase official movie guides for $11.28. In addition to those, fans may buy a visual companion for just $14.96.

Alexis De Leaver is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. Her work can be found on

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