Tolkien Reading Day 2015
25 March 2015
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The theme for Tolkien Reading Day 2015 is friendship in Tolkien’s works. What will you be reading?

To celebrate, we’ve put together a series of videos featuring various Tolkien scholars (and two Tolkien Society trustees) reading some of their favourite passages on the theme of friendship.

What is Tolkien Reading Day?

Tolkien Reading Day is held on the 25th of March each year.

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.

The theme of friendship was chosen for this year’s Reading Day to help celebrate the deep friendships that Tolkien developed in his own life and in his work. It is also on this date, 25 March, that Frodo and Sam’s friendship triumphed in Mordor with the destruction of the One Ring.

What will you be reading?

Let us know what you’ll be reading in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay

  • Leslie Donovan

    The UNM Hobbit Society at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, USA, will be reading a variety of selections from Tolkien’s works at a public event in our Student Union Building from 12:00-2:00 pm. Anyone is invited to read!

  • Laura Schmidt

    The Wheaton College Tolkien Society ( will be having a party on March 21 with games, food, improv, and various readings from all of Tolkien’s works. We’re also showing the excellent film “Tolkien’s Great War” by Elliander Pictures ( which is perfect for the theme of “Friendship” as it highlights the TCBS.

  • Amos Ben Israel

    On the day itself – the parts from The Lord of the Rings about the downfall of Sauron. On Friday the 27th the Israeli Tolkien Society organizes a picnic in Tel-Aviv where we will read Tolkien together. I think I’ll read there Sam’s song in the tower of Cirith Ungol.

    If you are in Israel (and can read Hebrew) check this:


    I am making a presentation to show my school.

  • Tommie McMillan

    Finished his biography by Humphrey Carpenter. Reading some of his poems now, such as The Nameless Land…haunting imagery.