March 30 - April 2, 2023

Orange County Convention Center



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Team Picks: Hobbits

Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, to celebrate The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy turning 20, we burrowed deep inside ourselves to ask a tough question: “Which of the LOTR hobbits are we”?

In particular, we focused on the four Hobbits who belong to the Fellowship of the Ring: Sam, Frodo, Merry, and Pippin. In a way, many of us have become hobbits in the past year: staying in our homes, debating whether we should have a second breakfast, or whether a second breakfast can take place at 8 PM, or whether we’ll be seeing any of our friends anytime soon.

Each of these four hobbits has their own unique flair though. So the question remains: which of them are we?


Operations Coordinator

I can relate to characteristics from each of the hobbits, but if I had to choose, I think I’m most like Pippin: clumsy and playful, but loyal. He always steps up when it’s in defense of his friends. Most of all I, too, thoroughly enjoy my seven meals a day.


Social Media Coordinator

Of all of these, I feel like Sam is the closest fit: pretty cautious, wants to protect his friends, loyal to a fault, mostly unflappable until someone gets on his nerves for long enough, and BIG into carbs (“mash ‘em, boil ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew”). Sam is an incredible character, and hard to live up to, but I think that’s also part of why I relate to him. He’s the one I admire the most of the four, and I feel like we have some similar guiding values--even if I don’t always live up to them as much as he does.



Though spiritually, I am Gollum, for the purpose of this study, I will say I am Mr. Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck. While I am not known for being cheerful or particularly sunny, I am mischievous and believe in a good bit of ruckus. I can also be decisive … in the name of mischief. Which is all to say, Merry’s a great guy and we’d be good acquaintances but me and Gollum would be awesome friends. I will not budge on this. Let chaos reign!


Social Media Coordinator

Well, I guess I would pick Frodo. I’m prone to nightmares, I sleep/cry a lot and I love long adventures. Also, I know this is more of a personality thing and not a physical resemblance thing, but I can’t even tell you how many people (maybe over 50 people in my life!) have said I look like Elijah Wood. Gotta root for my twin!