Events that occurred on 2 August
 On Earth
- 1946 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to Przemyslaw Mroczkowski.
- 1964 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes Letter 258.
- 1966 - J.R.R. Tolkien is interviewed by William Cater.
- 1968 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to Robert Havard.
- 1981 - The twenty-second episode of the 1981 radio series of The Lord of the Rings is aired on BBC Radio 4.
- 1993 - Mythcon 24 at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
- 1999 - Mythcon 30 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- 2004 - Mythcon 35 at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
- 2008 - Pauline Baynes, Tolkien's favourite artist, dies.