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Today is Tolkien Reading Day! What are you reading?

Tolkien reading The Hobbit. Taken by Pamela Chandler and © Diana Willson
Today is The Tolkien Society’s international Tolkien Reading Day! The theme this year is Poetry and Song.

Let us know what you’re reading in the comments below or by using #TolkienReadingDay on Twitter.

What’s going on?

Tolkien Reading Day is held on the 25th of March each year. The date of the 25th of March was chosen as the date on which the Ring was destroyed, completing Frodo’s quest and vanquishing Sauron.

It has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events.

To celebrate this year’s Tolkien Reading Day, the Society is hosting an event a day of events at the Story Museum. As part of the day, the Society has obtained the permission of the Tolkien Estate for live storytellings of Mr. Bliss. For more information, visit this year’s event page.

What can you read

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil pocket edition
The theme for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day is Poetry and Song. You can, of course, read any works by Tolkien – fiction or non-fiction – that you personally enjoy. But some suggestions for what you might like to read as part of this year’s theme:

  • The poetry and songs in either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings;
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil collection of poems;
  • The Lays of Beleriand, which includes the “Lay of the Children of Húrin” and the “Lay of Leithian”, about Beren and Lúthien
  • Bilbo’s Last Song, Bilbo’s song as he leaves Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age;
  • The Fall of Arthur, an incomplete alliterative verse by Tolkien on King Arthur;
  • The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun, a 506-line poem by Tolkien published last year.

How else you can participate

Share you stories and photos either below, on our Facebook page, or by following us on Twitter and using the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay.

You can also view a selection of scholars reading Tolkien’s works, which we produced for our Tolkien Reading Day two years ago, on the theme of friendship.

Whatever you’re doing, take the opportunity to enjoy Tolkien’s works.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the current Chairman of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.
  • John Deal

    I read “The Last Ship” from “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil” aloud, and at the sound of it, my cat Olivia Tusca came running into the room and curled up next to me.

    I know that the Professor didn’t love felines, but apparently at least one of them loves him.