Back to news feed Announcements
Raise a glass to the Professor in honour of his 126th birthday
J.R.R. Tolkien by Pamela Chandler. © Diana Willson
J.R.R. Tolkien by Pamela Chandler. © Diana Willson

To mark J.R.R. Tolkien’s twelfty-sixth (126th) birthday, The Tolkien Society invites fans all over the world to participate in our annual Birthday Toast.

The Toast

After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo toasted his uncle’s birthday each year on 22 September.

J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein on 3 January 1892, and we invite you to celebrate the birthday of this much loved author by raising a glass at 9pm your local time.

The toast is simply:

The Professor!

All you need to do is stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words “The Professor” before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.

Note that we do not condone drinking alcohol if it endangers the health or safety of the drinker or others, or contravenes the law.


Let everyone know what you’ll be drinking and where in the comments below, and share your pictures on Twitter or Facebook using #TolkienBirthdayToast.

If you’re not already a member, why not celebrate by joining The Tolkien Society too?

About the Author: Daniel Helen

Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society’s digital operations, including this website.

  • Finduriel

    Toasting from Majorca, 21:00 local time, with rosée wine. The Professor!

  • Joann Carol

    Will be raising a glass of maple whiskey in Maine.

  • PepperellCynic MAEMTB

    21:00 EST, Massachusetts USA; it seems fitting to toast as a hobbit might, with homemade “farmhouse wine” from last summer’s strawberries and rhubarb.

  • Debs Bardo

    I shall raise my glass to The Professor and share his birthday as I celebrate my birthday also. One to my favourite author

  • Janice Stother

    Shall be raising myself a Brandy to the Proffessor at 9pm in Lancashire just down the hill from the Shire’s inspiration of Hurst Green

  • gillian

    Will be elevating a goblet of blood red claret in Lyminge, Kent, in homage to the Professor 🙂

  • Nelson Murray

    I’ll be raising a toast of Spumante at 9pm on Floridas Space Coast

  • Raising a glass of Bowmore in Frankfurt. The Professor!

  • Emperor Richard

    The Professor Will Get his Toast of a glass of sprite here In California Tonight!

  • Jo Burton

    I toasted The professor here in my living room at 20:22 in Norwich UK. On my feet of course.

  • Dryads Forest

    Raising a glass of Blood Orange Sangria Seltzer water in Florida–0 alcohol/0caleries!

  • MK Buike

    At home, drinking “the dark brew of Northwoods” (an SCA reference from Lansing, MI).

  • Pastor Troxell

    Will raise a glass of Kilt Lifter Ale to The Professor!

  • Tomás Vicente

    Raised a glass of port, in Lisbon, Portugal: The Professor!

  • Stacy Le Mon

    Will raise a glass of Jackson Triggs Pinot Grigio tonight to The Professor

  • Rosalind Diaz Rivera

    Will raise a glass of moscato in San Juan, Puerto Rico! To The Professor!!

  • Érico Valente

    Well, probably this year the toast will be made with orange juice, but I’m sure The Professor won’t be forgotten in Fortaleza – CE, Brazil.

  • Angelique Fehr

    We will be raising a glass of wine tonight to The Professor from Louisville, MS, USA.

  • Betty Roark

    Las Vegas Nevada, a glass of muscato, on my feet to the Professor.

  • Catriona M Mac Kirnan

    I’ll toast the Professor tonight in a glass of cranberry juice spiked with Carlo Rossi blush white. I hope you eventually figure out the difference between a first (and second) cousin once (or twice) removed, and an uncle.

  • James Gilbert

    Will have a cup of hot Earl Grey here in West Virginia. The Professor!

  • KLAM F (Mike)

    Raising a glass for the Professor!

  • tsheater

    I will raise a glass at 9 pm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Bob Gori

    My family and I will be toasting at 9:00 pm in Eugene Oregon with a glass of Crown Royal, The Professor!

  • Peter Beren Gyudzhenov
  • Mirka Okrój

    From Poland! To the Professor!

  • jason hollingsworth

    The Professor!!! From Treebear in the Caribbean with local beer. Regards to all in attendance!

  • TroelsForchhammer

    The Copenhagen Tolkien Society, Bri (Bree) toasted the Professor in home made elder flower juice and “Mors Stout” (Mum’s Stout).
    A fine company and an even finer time was had.