April 26, 4120 BCE — Bilbo Baggins is recruited by Thorin Oakenshield as a thief

It was a most Unexpected Party. Bilbo had no idea that he was going to be throwing it, for one thing.

But despite all the misunderstandings that Gandalf had apparently deliberately fostered (who says you can’t have a few laughs while you’re saving the world?), in the end, one bemused middle-aged hobbit with no prior experience at anything more challenging than walking down to the pub had agreed to travel halfway round the world with thirteen dwarves he didn’t know to steal things from a dragon. Because why not?

1931 — Leonard Nimoy born

Best known for the role of Mr Spock in the “Star Trek” franchise, Leonard Simon Nimoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, although he has spent most of his adult life living and working in Los Angeles. He began acting in 1951 with a role in a film titled “Rhubarb”.

Other than Mr Spock, a character he has had a vexed relationship with over the years, Nimoy’s best known roles were Paris in the original “Mission Impossible” and Dr. David Kibner in the 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

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June 22, 4119 BCE — Bilbo Baggins returns to the Shire after his adventures

More than a year after he had departed, and after numerous adventures, after triumphs and losses, Bilbo Baggins returned to his home of Bag End, in the Shire. His long adventures there and back again are completed; he carries with him the One Ring (albeit not yet recognised as such), and believes that all his troubles lie behind him.

He is mildly discombobulated to discover that he has been declared dead and that certain of his relatives are attempting to claim his possessions. The matter is soon sorted out, although Bilbo’s penchant for adventures, the strange company he keeps (elves, dwarves and even wizards come to visit at times), and, we must suppose, a certain jealousy of his wealth, do little to endear him to most other hobbits.