Hobbit hosts Second Breakfast at The Wall

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Get ready for Cosmo to meet Bilbo. Middle Earth is coming to Middle Wilk Friday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at The Wall for The Hobbit: A Second Breakfast.

Spring-boarding from a successful Harry Potter-themed week at Halloween, organizers at The Wall hope to see a similar turnout from Tolkien fans. “We’re hoping to attract the same sort of crowd, but we recognize that the fan bases of these two book/film franchises are different,” said Ben Grange, events coordinator at The Wall.

Traveling to Middle Earth for a night presented unique challenges for organizers. “Setting up this event was a quest in its own right,” Grange said. “We wanted to do a Hobbit party, but we weren’t sure what to do.”

A few brainstorming sessions led to the event to take place on Friday night. Visitors are welcome to come into The Wall throughout the day and check out the Hobbit-themed decor. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can play “Riddles in the Dark” and challenge Gollum to riddles on stage for a chance to win passes to the Wilkinson Student Center Bowling and Games Center.

After defeating Gollum, participants can take part in a trivia contest to compete for tickets to the midnight release of “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.” Following the trivia contest is the “Rivendell Serenade,” with musicians playing songs from “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” films. The evening will finish off with an improv comedy show based on “The Hobbit” by the Blue Door Society. All events are free.

It wouldn’t be a special event at The Wall without specialty foods created by Chef Gary Bradshaw and his team. Specials for the evening include Lembas Cakes, a variation on pancakes with fresh berries and granola in the batter, Nice Crispy Bacon, Tater Hash (which is hash browns with a bunch of other delicious foods mixed in) and Apple Cider by the pint. “People who love ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ will love this food, simply for the names,” Grange said. “I mean, where else can you get Lembas Bread in Utah?”

Grange and his team at The Wall have kept the events free because they want all people to come and enjoy the food. “If you’re a fan, you’ll get the references, and you’ll laugh,” Grange joked.

When asked what the final words would be in The Wall’s book of adventures, Grange replied, “All I have to say is this: Do you wish you had something to do on Friday night? So do all who live to see such times. All you have to do is decide to come to The Hobbit: A Second Breakfast.”

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