This is a new quest introduced to the Frodo / Bilbo birthday celebrations this year running from September 20th – 26th.
The quest starts as an auto-bestowed quest when you login. You are asked to visit Frodo in Rivendell but unfortunately you are not teleported there.
One tip I picked up on the forums for those who haven’t been to Rivendell yet was to visit Gandalf at the top of the stairs in the Prancing Pony, Bree. He has a quest that will teleport you to Rivendell. This option wasn’t available for my level 15 Loremaster but my level 31 Captain was able to talk and teleport via Gandalf even though the quest ring was grey to her. If it is your first time to Rivendell, be sure to stop at the stable master to pick up the horse route! You will need to return to Rivendell when all is done!
I do encourage you to read the quest text as some of the ideas the Hobbits have are quite humorous. Frodo sends you to talk to Gaffer Gamgee back in the Shire.
Gaffer has you read his list of Hobbits to talk to and sends you off to find Ted Sandyman. Ted will kick off the Baggins’ Birthday deed. The deed is to talk to the 12 Hobbits on Gaffer’s list. Ted is completed so you have 11 more to go!
After collecting all 12 and completing the deed, you are asked to return to Gaffer who sends you back to Rivendell to speak with Bilbo.
The 1-Hour Timer Hobbits
The other Hobbits on the list aren’t as chatty as Ted and will require some patience and perhaps some luck to find them when they feel like talking. Remember you don’t have to do this all in one day as this even is available for a little while.
At the top of the hour – as in real world hour; not in-game time – 4 Hobbits on the list will be available to talk to. Who is ready to tell the story appears to be completely random which is where the luck bit comes in.
The same 4 Hobbits are available to everyone on the server so within the hour you could run each of your characters through and collect the same list.
I purposely left one of my alts sitting around not finishing the quests to watch who is available when and there is no pattern that I’ve found. I got very lucky on Goldenstar and was able to get all of them in a 3-hour cycle but that may not be the case for you.
List and Location of the Hobbits on the 1-Hour Timer
- Dudo Chubbs
- Hal Hornblower
- Bogo Chubb
- Holly Hornblower
- Postman Grubb
Ivy Bush Inn:
- Sherrif Robin Smallburrow
- The Storyteller
- Hobbit Child
- Hereward Loamsdown
- Lobelia Sackville-baggins
- Lotho Sackville-Baggins
All of the quests grant Bags of Bounders Tokens so if you are collecting those, this is great to get out there and have all your alts help collect some tokens.
Completing the “Baggins’ Birthday” deed will grant you a bag of Bounder’s Tokens and the title “The Chronicler”
”A gift from Bilbo Baggins in gratitude for the stories passed along to him on his birthday. Bilbo has given it to you with the hopes that you will put it to good use recording the stories of your own adventures.”
This item has the hand icon when you put the cursor over it as if it should have an action but clicking on it has no result. Perhaps in the future?