As we crawl ever closer to the December 14th release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Mac Observer reminds us that our Macs are fans of Middle Earth as well. Hidden within OS X's Unix architecture is a FreeBSD calendar easter egg that chronicles the Lord of the Rings saga.
You can view the full tally of fantastical event dates by heading to your Mac's Terminal utility and typing the following:
Once you hit enter, your computer will spit out a nicely detailed list of major dates associated with Lord of the Rings events. If you're not currently near your Apple desktop or MacBook, we've pasted the full calendar of events below for you to enjoy.
TUAW's resident Middle Earth historian, Steve Sande, pointed out to me that the listed birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo are incorrect on the easter egg's list. According to the original books, both hobbits were born on September 22nd, rather than the 14th as is listed below.
#ifndef _calendar_lotr_#define _calendar_lotr_01/05 Fellowship enters Moria01/09 Fellowship reaches Lorien01/17 Passing of Gandalf02/07 Fellowship leaves Lorien02/17 Death of Boromir02/20 Meriadoc & Pippin meet Treebeard02/22 Passing of King Ellesar02/24 Ents destroy Isengard02/26 Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead03/05 Frodo & Samwise encounter Shelob03/08 Deaths of Denethor & Theoden03/18 Destruction of the Ring03/29 Flowering of the Mallorn04/04 Gandalf visits Bilbo04/17 An unexpected party04/23 Crowning of King Ellesar05/19 Arwen leaves Lorian to wed King Ellesar06/11 Sauron attacks Osgiliath06/13 Bilbo returns to Bag End06/23 Wedding of Ellesar & Arwen07/04 Gandalf imprisoned by Saruman07/24 The ring comes to Bilbo07/26 Bilbo rescued from Wargs by Eagles08/03 Funeral of King Theoden08/29 Saruman enters the Shire09/10 Gandalf escapes from Orthanc09/14 Frodo & Bilbo's birthday09/15 Black riders enter the Shire09/18 Frodo and company rescued by Bombadil09/28 Frodo wounded at Weathertop10/05 Frodo crosses bridge of Mitheithel10/16 Boromir reaches Rivendell10/17 Council of Elrond10/25 End of War of the Ring11/16 Bilbo reaches the Lonely Mountain12/05 Death of Smaug12/16 Fellowship begins Quest#endif /* !_calendar_lotr_ */