- 6 - Fan site Council of Elrond goes online.
- 24 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring wins four Oscars, out of thirteen nominations, at the 74th Academy Awards.
- 6 - At the MTV Movie Awards, Lord of the Piercing is aired.
- 12 - The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring is published.
- 18 - The Standard Deviants: Rings, Kings and Things is released.
- ? - Vinyar Tengwar 44 is published.
- 12 - Przemyslaw Mroczkowski, scholar and friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, dies.
- 22 - Actor Alexander John dies.
- 25 - The Uncharted Realms of Tolkien is published.
- 26-29 - Mythcon XXXIII.
- 5 - The History of Middle-earth Index is published.
- 8 - Tolkien Thing IV.
- 16 - The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition is published.
- 13-15 - Oxonmoot 2002.
- 24 - The Xbox and GBA ports of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game) are published in the US.
- 5 - The Ellinikós Sýllogos Philon Tólkin is founded.
- 16 - The PS2 port of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game) is published in the US.
- 22 - The PC port of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game) is published in the US.
- 2 - The symposium "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Behind The Lord of the Rings" is held at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Tom Shippey, Randel Helms and Ron Newcomer speak.
- 6 - The Lord of the Rings: The Making of the Movie Trilogy is published.
- 13 - The South Park episode "The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers" is televised.
- 29 - John Justin, who played Thorin in The Hobbit (1968 radio series), dies.
- ? - J.R.R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth is published.
- 6 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Photo Guide is published.
- 18 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers premieres.
- ? - Dragon Flame is released.
- ? - At Dawn in Rivendell, the third album of the Tolkien Ensemble, is published.
- ? - The audiobook of The Hobbit, read by Rob Inglis, is published.
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