Events that occurred on 8 October.
 On Earth
- 1920 - Translator Nils Werenskiold is born.
- 1937 – C.S. Lewis reviews The Hobbit in The Times.
- 1979 - The Jackanory episode "Barrels Out of Bond" is aired on the BBC.
- 1987 - Inkling and biographer Roger Lancelyn Green dies.
- 2004 - The Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
- 2009 - Hordes of the Things is released on CD.