Tolkien Birthday Toast 2016
3 January 2016
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To celebrate Tolkien’s twelfthty-fourth (124th) birthday on 3 January 2016, the Tolkien Society invites all Tolkien fans to raise a toast to the Professor.

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

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.

Local Events

Many members of the Tolkien Society meet on 3 January to celebrate Tolkien’s birthday together. All are welcome, so check the map below to find an event local to you.

If you’re organising an event, please let us know and we’ll add it to the map.

  • Tim Bolton

    I’ll be hosting an ingame event in Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) on the Laurelin server. Information here:
    — Tim Bolton (aka Ranatuor Erutaron)

  • Rita Vera

    I´ll drink coke or 7up because I´m driving 🙂

    To the Professor 🙂 in Lima Peru

  • Jenn

    My 10 year old daughter and I will toast The Professor at 9p EST in Michigan, USA. Then off to bed for her as school is in the morning. 🙂

  • We shall be toasting the Professor from Staten Island, New York and announcing the 1st news of our 2016 NY Tolkien Conference ~~Anthony

  • Derry NH USA probably some kind of ale

  • I’ll be joining Northfarthing for their Birthdaymoot in London.

  • Anthony McGuinness

    MTL, Canada. Chianti and Champagne!

  • Hyemin Seo

    I’ll toast with some iced tea since I don’t feel like drinking alcohol.
    The Professor! in Sejong, South Korea:)

  • Poppy

    Eorlingas – Indonesian Tolkien Society (unofficial) is going to gather to make a toast tonight, western Indonesia time:

  • Leslie Donovan

    At O’Niell’s Pub in Albuquerque, NM, USA. The UNM Hobbit Society will be dining and toasting The Professor 6:30-8:00 pm MST.

  • Linda Hallahan

    Hubby and I will toast The Professor at 9pm in Dublin, Ireland with WKD and lager.

  • Christine

    Had a nice glass of champagne 🙂

  • Christine

    We had nice champagne in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Eleder

    The Spanish Tolkien Society will make a toast in Madrid today at 21:00 (Madrid time).

    • Amos Ben Israel

      I have a friend who studies in Madrid and likes Tolkien. Where are you meeting?

      • Eleder

        Hi! We’ll meet at the Beer Station, Santo Domingo square, since 20:00 🙂

        • Amos Ben Israel

          Thanks, passed it on.

  • Gabriel Byrne-Claw

    I’ll have Orange Blossom & Lavender Tonic at home in Cologne, GER. It reminds me of the fragrance of Ithilien 😉

  • Travis W Shores

    I will happily toast a glass of absinthe to The Professor at 9pm EST in Dennis, Massachusetts, USA.

  • Tracy_Denise

    Will be toasting The Professor here in Texas with a nice hot cup of Lady Grey whilst listening to some wonderful music by my dear Hobbitons…

  • Raul Rosiles

    Toast to the Professor 9pm at Los Globos on Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles

  • Old Badger-brock

    From Sacramento, California, USA: “The Professor!”

  • Dimitrios Moschos

    I toasted the Professor’s birthday with a glass of wine at 9 PM in Berlin, Germany.

  • Julian Cooper

    In Nottingham UK with water (not well at the moment)
    now going to retire with The Book of Lost Tales

  • Betsy Chapman

    Toasting The Professor in Berks County, PA USA, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia!o

  • Peter C. Mastrosimone

    From my little hobbit hole in Forest Hills, NY, a place he might have liked before the trees were ripped out and the streams filled in, I shall toast the great professor with a simple glass of beer. Aure entuluva! Enjoy.

  • Hanusia Tkaczyk

    Our group in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada met to watch An Unexpected Party, have a Hobbit-worthy feast and toast The Professor
    with a glass of cider.

  • Patricia Paton

    Joe and I will toast with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon at 9 PM NY time. “To the writer who gave me the greatest happiness in my teenage years. The Professor!”

  • Larry Stapleton

    Irish whisky to be raised at 9pm CST just outside Chicago in Lockport, Illinois. With thanks to the Professor for the endless hours of magic and delight I’ve garnished from Middle Earth and his other writings. Slainte!

  • James Madsen

    I toasted the Professor with a Das Horn drinking horn filled with julmust (Scandinavian Christmas soda) in Bel Air, Maryland, USA.

  • Al

    The Professor! Here, here with Hot ginger tea in Florida! I lived in Middle Earth for a number of years in my youth! Still visit on occasion! Thank-you Professor Tolkien for opening the door for us!

  • Alessandra Palmieri

    To The Professor! From Prato, Italy Wallace Pub a good glass of britich ale with Lorenzo Mariani, The One Ring and Ring Nenya, Cheers from Lady Galadriel!