The theme for Tolkien Reading Day 2016 is Life, Death, and Immortality. What will you be reading?
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.
Life, Death, and Immortality
“To be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than in 1939 … by 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, “Foreword to the Second Edition”, The Lord of the Rings
The theme was chosen for 2016 to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Tolkien fought and survived this dreadful battle, but lost his close friend and fellow T.C.B.S. member Rob Gilson. With the death of G.B. Smith later that year, the First World War undoubtedly shaped Tolkien’s outlook on life and death, with mortality and immortality looming large in the Middle-earth legendarium.
What will you be reading?
Let us know what you’ll be reading in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay