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Sept. 22 is Hobbit Day! (Yes, it's totally a thing and we're here for it!) The day marks the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. We're taking the opportunity to have our staff tell us their favorite fantasy books and movies so we can share them with you.
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Fantasia (2000)

by Philadelphia Orchestra

Can trippy animated segments set to classical music be turned into a film? Walt Disney and his imaginative crew answered that question with 1940's Fantasia, the first commercial film presented in stereo sound. Even the movie's name conjures up fantasy. It's magical. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant

The Fellowship of the Ring (1965)

by J. R. R Tolkien

An epic beginning of stories written by this popular author that easily draws the reader into the world of good and evil and the quest of power. It includes redemptive suffering and bears references to Christianity, which is a main focus against evil. — Edie Hemmeter, Technical Services Associate

Misrule (2022)

by Heather Walter

A queer retelling of Sleeping Beauty, this book has it all: action, romance, and the occasional pesky curse. — Rachel Newlin, Cataloging Librarian

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (2010)

by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment

The 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder is such a wonderfully spun fantasy for all ages! This story is about a poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2016)

by Warner Bros. Pictures

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a 2001 award-winning film with a dynamic cast! Don't miss this story about an orphaned boy who enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant

Rat Queens : Sass and Sorcery, Volume One (2014)

by Kurtis J Wiebe

This comic series, like its main characters, is bawdy, brash and brilliant. It's a humorous and exciting modern spin on an old school genre featuring a pack of queer, booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

Quest for Camelot (1998)

by Warner Home Video

A magical animated movie with fabulous musical numbers that, surprisingly, wasn’t made by Disney! The hunt for Excalibur falls to an unlikely bunch in order to defeat a greedy and power-hungry exiled knight bent on becoming king. Who doesn’t love oddball dragons, a self-proclaimed hermit, and an aspiring daughter of a knight empowering each other through incredible odds? — Sarah Jasiak, Information Desk Assistant

Throne of Glass (2012)

by Sarah J Maas

This fantasy series follows 18-year-old assassin Celena Sardothien as she fights to reclaim her life and save the realm from a vicious king. This series is filled with adventure, competition, magic, fighting and romance, just to name a few. Luckily, this is a finished series that consists of seven books and a prequel short story collection, so when you finish one book you can immediately start reading the next one. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

The Sunbearer Trials (2022)

by Aiden Thomas

Teo, 17-year-old trans son of Quetzal, goddess of birds, is one of the ten semidioses chosen to compete in The Sunbearer Trials, where the winner lights the temples of Reino del Sol, and the loser is sacrificed. This YA fantasy reads like a unique mashup of Percy Jackson and Hunger Games. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian