Tolkien Birthday Toast 2015
3 January 2015
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Each year on 3 January, the Tolkien Society encourages Tolkien fans from across the world to celebrate the Professor’s birthday with a simple toast-drinking ceremony.

The Toast

At 9pm your local time, we invite Tolkien fans to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. 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.

Let us and others know what you’ll be drinking and where in the comments below, on Twitter (using #TolkienBirthdayToast) or Facebook.

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

Find Local Birthday Toast Events

Local Tolkien Societies or Smials often meet on 3 January in a pub so that you can raise you glass and have a good chat with fellow Tolkien fans. Let us know where your local group will be meeting and we’ll add it to the map below:

Unquendor - the Dutch Tolkien Society

52.094434, 5.118948

Unquendor will be hosting a Birthday Dinner at the Tapasbar El Mundo in Utrecht. Arrive for 6.15pm.
Make sure you book a place beforehand by email:

Northfarthing - London

51.519867, -0.134433

Northfarthing, the Tolkien Society's London-based smial, will be hosting its annual Birthday Dinner at The Spaghetti House on Goodge Street. Meet at 7pm for a 7.30pm sit-down.
Please book a place with Jeremy Morgan if you would like to come.

Meneltarma - the Romanian Tolkien Society

44.427529, 26.104251

Meneltarma, the Romanian Tolkien Society, will be hosting its annual Birthday Toast in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. Check the website for details of both events.

Smial de Lórien - Barcelona

41.386384, 2.162623

Smial de Lórien will meet earlier in the day for lunch at the Canela in Barcelona.

NYC Area Friends of JRR Tolkien & Fantasy

40.710831, -73.993413

Check out the Meet Up page for details of the NYC Area Friends of JRR Tolkien & Fantasy Birthday Toast gathering.

Los Angeles Smial

34.147232, -118.406130

The Los Angeles Smial will be hosting our annual toast at Ye Olde Kings Head Pub 12969 Ventura Blvd Studio City, California 91604
Arrival time at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., our toast at 9 p.m. Please sign up if you will be coming.

Israeli Tolkien Society

31.766258, 35.226857

Members of the Israeli Tolkien Society (קהילת טולקין בישראל) will be celebrating in various pubs around Israel. Check out the Facebook event to see if there's a meeting close to you.

Eorlingas - Indonesian Tolkien Society

-6.214785, 106.653599

Eorlingas, Indonesian Tolkien Society, will toast the Professor in Mall Alam Sutera, in Jalan Jalur Sutera Barat No.16, Pinang, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. See the Facebook event page for details.

  • I’ll probably drink a cup of infusion, tea, or even a beer. Who knows. What’s sure is my location: northern Italy. Cheers!

  • Adam

    I’ll be drinking a cup of tea in my house in England. This will be my first ever toast to the Professor but certainly the first for many years.

  • Amos Ben Israel

    I’ll be drinking with other members of the Israeli Tolkien Society. we will be holding at several location, you can check our event (in Hebrew) here:

  • I’ll be raising a glass of ale with Northfarthing at their Birthday Dinner in London.

  • Nirnaeth Galwe

    “Smial de Lórien”, in Barcelona, Spain, will meet for lunch in “Canela” Restaurant in Barcelona city. We will raise our glasses and say “the professor” a bit earlier than scheduled.

  • Harm Schelhaas

    I’ll be at the annual Tolkien’s birthday dinner of Tolkien Society Unquendor in the Netherlands, in Utrecht, and raise a glass of Belgian Ale (or maybe whisky, if they have a good malt). ‘To the Professor!’

  • Mirzadelya Devanastya

    Eorlingas, Indonesian Tolkien Society, will raise our glasses in Mall Alam Sutera, located in Jalan Jalur Sutera Barat No.16, Pinang, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. Here is the event link;

    Me myself may raise my glass in top of Mount Cereme, located in Taman Nasional Gunung Ciremai, Bantar Agung, Sindangwangi, Majalengka, Indonesia. 🙂

  • Darrell

    We’ll be meeting some friends at The Rum House, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Cheers!

  • Brian Melton

    If anyone in the Lynchburg, VA area would like to join us, a group will be meeting at The White Heart at 4pm EST. Bring your favorite passage to share.

  • Smaug

    Propably an orange juice 🙂 in Germany

  • Gisa Toyoda

    I’ll drink a glass of wine at home, here in Brazil.

  • Sam

    As always, I’ll be choosing a drink spontaneously. There’s Merlot, French beer (probably not the best choice for the occasion), but there’s always a lot of tea at my place too. I’ll be toasting from my little Hobbit hole in Germany 🙂

  • Gianluca Comastri

    I’m still uncertain: red wine, beer or mead? Whatever the choice, Valar valuvar to the Professor – together with Eldalië group!

  • Societatea Tolkien din Romania


    Meneltarma, the Romanian Tolkien Society, will be hosting its annual Birthday Toast in Bucharest (capital) and Cluj-Napoca (main city in Transylvania). All details on our website

    • I’ve added details of your events to the map. Have fun!

  • rasputintx

    Los Angeles will be raising our glasses together again this year, possibly the last in the world to follow the toast?

  • molly malone

    I will be having a glass of red wine in ‘T STREUTJE CAFE,Diepenbeek,belgium at 9pm to the professor 😊

  • Mónica Findûriel

    Smial de Tol Eressëa (Tolkien Society of Spain’s smial in Majorca) will join in a particular home, with plenty of foods, singing from the STE songbooks, reading fragments of Tolkien’s work and raising our glasses of wine for the Professor.

  • Joyce Lionarons

    I will drink a glass of eggnog. I’m in Philadelphia.

  • Renee E. Bush

    Oh, I’d love to know of a group in Kentucky, USA!

  • Elaine Kelly

    I’ll be at home in Cork, but I’ll raise a glass of beer to my favourite author 🙂

  • Tracy_Denise

    I’ll be cozied up at home in north Texas, USA, toasting the Professor with either a glass of Welch’s Sparkling Red Grape juice or a nice hot cup of Twinings Lady Grey tea… Cheers!

    • Tracy_Denise

      …settled on the Lady Grey and toasted the Professor whilst listening to the music of The Hobbitons. 🙂 Hope you all have a lovely evening…

  • Adam

    I’ll offer a toast in Virginia and start rereading the Silmarillion!

  • Stephe G

    As we sat down to dinner in Ille Sur Tet, France, I raised a glass of Delirium Christmas Ale to the Professor! May Middle Earth live on!

  • TroelsForchhammer

    “nowhere does time ‘fly’ so fast compared with daily experience as when sitting and drinking and conversing with dear friends in an inn.”

    The Professor!

  • Thornike Jangveladze

    Greetings everyone.

    We are Georgian Tolkien Society.

    A very small group fond of Tolkien’s works.

    Every 3rd of January we meet in Tbilisi, Georgia and drink for the Professor

  • Liz Taylor

    I shall raise a glass of beer in honor of the Professor from Co-op City, (Bronx) New York. Cheers!

  • Beverley Collins

    Arkansas. And whisky.

  • Good hard cider here in Vermont yesterday evening, following a delicious chocolate cream pie made by my daughter for the occasion. Happy eleventy-twelfth, everyone!

  • Adrian Walker

    Worthing England. Horlicks. Yes really, I’m at that time of life…..!!!!!

  • delwar

    Happy birthday, dear mother, I hope you can understand
    our hearts love happy birthday, Mom,
    I really want to have the language to express our gratitude to you daily
    housework, and give us help. May you always be happy and healthy in the
    years to come!