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Tolkien Reading Day

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]

[edit] History

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]

[edit] Date

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]

[edit] External links


  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"