Events that occurred on 3 May.
 On Earth
- 1966 - J.R.R. Tolkien writes a letter to Roger Verhulst.
- 1981 - The ninth episode of the 1981 radio adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is aired on BBC Radio 4.
- 1989 - Voice actor William Squire dies.
- 1996 - Author and academic Charles Moorman dies.
- 2009 - The fan film The Hunt for Gollum is released online.
 In Arda
- There are no known events for this date.