Tolkien Reading Day

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Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event held on the 25 March to celebrate and promote the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. It was founded by The Tolkien Society.[1]

History[edit]

In late 2002, journalist Sean Kirst contacted The Tolkien Society to enquire "is there any day devoted informally to readings from the trilogy, in the way that 'Bloomsday' is devoted to Joyce?"[1] Although Kirst published the article in Syracuse's The Post-Standard anyway,[2] The Tolkien Society committee liked the idea so much that they announced that the 25 March 2003 would be the very first "Tolkien Reading Day".[3] It has been held annually ever since.[1]

Date[edit]

The 25 March was chosen by the Society as the "auspicious" date of the destruction of the One Ring and the Downfall of Sauron as recorded in The Lord of the Rings.[4][5]

Themes[edit]

A theme of the Tolkien Reading Day is chosen by The Tolkien Society every year. In the recent years the themes have been:

  • 2013: Tolkien’s landscapes
  • 2014: Hope
  • 2015: Friendship
  • 2016: Life, Death, and Immortality
  • 2017: Poetry and Song
  • 2018: Home and Hearth
  • 2019: Tolkien and the Mysterious
  • 2020: Nature and Industry
  • 2021: Hope and Courage
  • 2022: Love and Friendship

External links[edit]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Tolkien Reading Day", The Tolkien Society (accessed 19 September 2015)
  2. Sean Kirst, "The International Tolkien Reading Day: Looking back on how it started, in Syracuse" dated 20 March 2006, Syracuse NY Local News (accessed 19 September 2015)
  3. "Announcements" in Amon Hen 179 (January 2003), p. 9
  4. "Announcements" in Amon Hen 180 (March 2003), p. 7
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
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Books An Extrapolation on The Silmarillion (1975) · The Trees, the Jewels and the Rings (1977) · Tolkien in Oxford: The Tolkien Society Guide (1978) · The Tolkien Society Songbook (1985) · Tolkien and Romanticism (1988) · Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference (1995) · The Oxonmoot Songbook (1997) · The Filking Songbook (2001) · The Tolkien Society Guide to Oxford (2005) · Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference (2008) · Tolkien 2005 Souvenir Book (2009) · Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Conference 2012 (2016)
Peter Roe Books 1. Some Light on Middle-earth (1985) · 2. Leaves from the Tree (1991) · 3. The First and Second Ages (1992) · 4. Travel and Communication in Tolkien's Worlds (1996) · 5. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 1 (1997) · 6. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 2 (1998) · 7. Tolkien, the Sea and Scandinavia (1999) · 8. The Ways of Creative Mythologies (2000) · 9. Tolkien: A Mythology for England? (2000) · 10. The Best of Amon Hen, vol. 1 (2000) · 11. Digging Potatoes, Growing Trees, vol. 3 (2001) · 12. Sindarin Lexicon (2001) · 13. The Best of Amon Hen, vol. 2 (2002) · 14. Tolkien: Influenced and Influencing (2005)· 15. Freedom, Fate and Choice in Middle-earth (2012) · 16. Journeys & Destinations (2015) · 17. Death and Immortality in Middle-earth (2017) · 18. Poetry and Song in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (2018) · 19. Tolkien the Pagan? (2019)