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Tolkien Reading Day Giveaway!

 *This contest is now closed. Thanks to all those who entered! To see who won, click here.

March 25th is a big day for Tolkien fans. Not only is it the day Sauron was defeated and The One Ring destroyed, it is also celebrated the world over as Tolkien Reading Day (TRD).


Back in 2002, The Tolkien Society received an inquiry asking if there existed a day where Tolkien fans celebrated the author and writings. Immediately seeing the need for such a day, The Tolkien Society began the process of turning the idea into a reality. A year later, the first Tolkien Reading Day was celebrated on March 25, 2003.

Now, 10 years later, children and adults alike spend each March 25 immersed in one of Tolkien’s many writings, share with one another their love for his books and stories, and celebrate his life and legacy.

Will this year be the first time you pick up a Tolkien book or story? Have you read them all, but have a favorite in mind for TRD? Are you going to be introducing your kids to the world of Middle-earth? Whatever your Tolkien book reading status is, Middle-earth News wants to hear it!

Simply leave a comment below this post, telling us which Tolkien book or story you have chosen to read for TRD and why. Be creative! The Middle-earth News staff will be reviewing all comments and will pick one lucky winner who will receive a Hobbit Prize Pack: An official Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The Hobbit tote bag, The World of Hobbits book, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book, and more!

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Comments can be submitted now through 12:01 am EST March 25, 2013. After the submission deadline, no other submitted comments will be considered for the Hobbit Prize Pack. On March 25, the winner will be contacted, and shortly after, announced on Middle-earth News.

Other prizes will be randomly given away on the Middle-earth News Facebook and Twitter feeds March 25, so keep an eye out!

And while you’re here, download the 2013 Tolkien Reading Day badge. You can put this up anywhere to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day. Happy Reading!

 *This contest is now closed. Thanks to all those who entered! To see who won, click here.

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  1. I’m so glad to have a day off from work to day- After I told my daughter about TRD- she’s going to curl up on the couch with me to finish her first reading of the Triology (she in ROTK) and I’ll be starting my umpteeth reading (but just bought it for my new iPad)
    Maybe I’ll put my poster of Frodo in a tree reading, behind us (my wonderful local library gave it to me years ago)
    Have a great day all!!

  2. Zina Koufalexi says:

    I plan on reading the Hobbit for the 10th+ time now because i wanna be reminded of the magic that this book holds within. It would be so great if i also had the History of Middle Earth to read as well.

  3. John Wofford says:

    I plan to read the Hobbit book while following along with the movie. In other words, having watched a major shared scene from the film, I’ll leap over the book to revisit Tolkien’s classic telling. A nice mixture of the old and the new, recognizing Tolkien’s genius and the popular adaptation which brings the story to new, uninitiated audiences!

  4. I just finished reading The Hobbit, and am now reading The Fellowship of the Ring (will still be reading it on the 25th). LOTR is a big thing in our house. From the husband on down through the kids. I grew up watching the old cartoon movies. We loved how An Unexpected Journey turned out and can’t wait for the next two to be released. In the mean time, there is LOTS of Tolkien reading to be done!

  5. On this special day I’m rereading passages that describe my favorite landscapes from most books. From the horror of Utumno’s dungeons to the fair gardens of Lórien in Valinor, I’m trying to cherish everything.
    So far I’ve read a lot from The Unfinished Tales, The Book of Lost Tales (part 1 and 2) and The Silmarillion. Later I want to grab LOTR, The Shaping of Middle-earth and Leaf by Niggle.
    I’ve been posting lots of passages on my blog today, if you want to take a look at it:

    That’s it I guess, keep up with the wonderful work, I always make sure to visit your page daily for news. HAPPY TOLKIEN READING DAY!

  6. I’m planning to read the Hobbit as well. Because I’ve already seen the movie 7 times, I need to get the facts from the book!

  7. Jeff McCauley says:

    I plan on catching up on some of Tolkien’s earlier works that I have missed, starting with Roverandom.

  8. Janelle Marie says:

    Today I will be reading my very first copy of the Hobbit at my father’s grave. He loved reading Tolkien’s stories to me when I was a child, and I’m sure that he would have loved reading his stories with me on this day!

  9. I plan on re-reading The Silmarillion once again…no matter the number of times I pick up this wonderful book, I am amazed at the amount of information I gain, connect and draw upon! I cannot tell you how many times I have listen to the Tolkien Prof. (through his on-line class on the Silmarillion)that I marvel at his vast knowledge, but how very much I enjoy his voice….and how bad I pronounce names!

  10. I am starting The Silmarillion for the first time. I found a copy at my daughter’s school open house last year, they always leave a big pile of books for parents and kids to dig through and take home. I saw the Silmarillion, dust cover and all, grabbed it and ran! It’s been sitting on my nightstand waiting for me, can’t wait to dive in.

    • Victor Sloan says:

      I personally believe you will thoroughly enjoy than gem! It has been my favorite so far!

  11. I think The Hobbit is a given for me; it’s been several years since I read it and An Unexpected Journey only covers a bit of it. Either The Hobbit or another of Tolkien’s Middle Earth books.