|Source: The Tolkien Society|
For Tolkien fans worldwide, March 25th holds special meaning. It is the day the One Ring was destroyed and Sauron and his forces fell in defeat. So it is with an air of victory that we celebrate the end of the War of the Ring. Since 2003, when Tolkien Reading Day first began, Tolkien fans worldwide, have gathered for the occasion to discuss Tolkien’s work and the captivating world he created.
In their official press release, The Tolkien Society states:
“Tolkien Reading Day was set up to encourage people to get together and explore some of Tolkien’s stories at school, university, in reading groups, or as a family… This year’s theme, “Tolkien’s Trees“, is allied with the “International Year of Forests” and encourages families and library reading groups to enjoy exploring the dark confines of Tolkien’s many forests as well as focusing on individual trees.
Readers might venture into Mirkwood in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; into the Old Forest on the borders of the Shire, and the Golden Wood of Lothlorien, or meet the Ents of Fangorn. Or why not read about and discuss the importance of trees and their meanings in “Leaf By Niggle”, or the ‘Two Trees’ beloved of the Elves in The Silmarillion, where there are more great forests and woods to discover… If reading time is short, then the malice of Old Man Willow, or the symbolism of White Tree of Gondor offer plenty to think about and discuss.”
Whether it’s settling down to one of Tolkien’s novels or just getting together with like-minded “Tolkienists” to discuss his life and masterpieces, middleEarthnews wants to hear what you will be doing this Tolkien Reading Day. Leave a comment, or contact me through Twitter, Facebook, or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy reading!
To learn more about Tolkien Reading Day and Tolkien’s work, please visit The Tolkien Society.