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Tolkien Society to host Reading Day event in Oxford

The Tolkien Society will be celebrating its own annual Tolkien Reading Day on 25th March by hosting an event at the Story Museum in Oxford, including a live storytelling of Mr. Bliss.

Every year members of The Tolkien Society get together to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day; on the day itself, people get together to celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and works, and read some choice passages of Tolkien. The date of 25th March was chosen as this was the date, in The Lord of the Rings on which the Ring is destroyed and Sauron is defeated.

The cover of Mr. Bliss. A live storytelling will take place on Tolkien Reading Day
The cover of Mr. Bliss. A live storytelling will take place on Tolkien Reading Day
This year’s theme is “Poetry and Songs in Tolkien’s Fiction”, and, to celebrate, 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. The itinerary for the day includes:

  • 11.00-11:30 – Storytelling of Mr. Bliss by storyteller Lucy Walters
  • 11:45-12:15 – The Makers of Middle-earth: the story of gods and goddesses told through costume
  • 13:00-13:30 – Storytelling of Mr. Bliss by storyteller Lucy Walters
  • 14.30-15:00 – Storytelling of Mr. Bliss by storyteller Lucy Walters
  • 16.00-17.00 – Professor Adam Roberts from Royal Holloway, University of London delivers a special guest lecture to mark Tolkien Reading Day (reserve your place via Eventbrite)

Throughout the day you will also be able to explore the Story Museum and take part in workshops.

Readers of Tolkien don’t need to be in Oxford to celebrate the day, though. You can celebrate at you local school or library, with your friends and family, or by yourself. Please share any stories with us via our Facebook group or our Twitter page.

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.