Tolkien Reading Day 2016
25 March 2016
Back to events feed International

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

  • Hanusia Tkaczyk

    Our event took place this past Sunday, as we expected a low turnout on March 25th (it being Good Friday). Our readings included excerpts from Farmer Giles of Ham, Tolkien’s letters,the Lay of Luthien and an essay on Tolkien’s use of mortality in the trilogy.

    We are the Numenorean Educations Research an Development Society (NERDS) in Thunder Bay, Ontario in Canada. There were 24 participants,several in costume. The food table was worthy of the discerning Hobbit palate, the highlight being a dragon-shaped cake !

  • Saoirse Connolly

    I read Smith of Wooden Major & Farmer Giles of Ham. I was lucky enough to spot it in a small bookstore a few days ago and was saving it especially for today!