Tolkien Reading Day 2017
25 March 2017
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The theme for Tolkien Reading Day 2017 is Poetry and Songs in Tolkien’s Fiction. 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.

Story Museum event

To celebrate this year’s Tolkien Reading Day, the Society is hosting an event a day of events at the Story Museum. As part of the day, the Society has obtained the permission of the Tolkien Estate for live storytellings of Mr. Bliss. The itinerary for the day includes:

  • 11.00-11:30 – Storytelling of Mr. Bliss by storyteller Lucy Walters
  • 11:45-12:15 – The Makers of Middle-earth: the story of gods and goddesses told through costume
  • 13:00-13:30 – Storytelling of Mr. Bliss by storyteller Lucy Walters
  • 14.30-15:00 – Storytelling of Mr. Bliss by storyteller Lucy Walters
  • 16.00-17.00 – Professor Adam Roberts from Royal Holloway, University of London delivers a special guest lecture to mark Tolkien Reading Day (reserve your place via Eventbrite)

Throughout the day you will also be able to explore the Story Museum and take part in workshops.

What will you be reading?

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

  • We will be hosting an event in the Washington DC area on Tolkien Reading Day! (see our RSVP link below) If you are in the area, come join us for a special day of reading, songs, and poetry. I’m actually looking forward to composing my own Middle-earth inspired work as well?!? See you there!

  • Morse Institute Lib

    We’re hosting a Tolkien Reading Day event at our library in Natick, MA – we’ll have food, crafts, a costume contest, all while reading selections from The Hobbit. Looking forward to a great event, introducing all ages to the magic of Tolkien!

  • Hanusia Tkaczyk Thunder Bay, Ontario (Canada) will hold its Reading Day at the Waverly Library. Readings, displays of books, collectables and original art work will be featured. As well, participants will be invited to draw their best dragon, colour or try one of our quizzes. Light refreshments will also be provided. All ages are welcome, as are costumes.

  • tocapr

    Toca-PR is hosting its Reading Day in the Paraná State Public Library in Curitiba, Brazil, starting at 14h. We will have reading and discussion circles, pocket-talks, role-playing, and more. Costumes are also welcome! More information is available in: (in Portuguese).

  • Andrea

    Croatian Tolkien Fan Society ”The Fellowship of Almaren” will be hosting TRD in Zagreb, in Bogdan Ogrizović library from 12-14pm. Those visitors who will read, they will get a small token of appreciation.

  • Ruca77

    happy Tolkien reading day o/

  • Gianluca Comastri

    My choices: the Lay of Leithian, “Roads go ever ever on” and, obviously, the Song of Beren and Lúthien. Other comments from Italy can be read on

  • Luz Mila González

    Happy Tolkien Reading day, from Venezuela!! I am now reading “The Scouring of the Shire”

  • John Pryor

    I wrote a poem on Bilbo’s confrontation with Smaug, along the “screwing his courage” line. God bless the Professor, and all the truth he uncovered!