Tolkien Reading Day
Today is Tolkien Reading Day.
March 25 was the day that Sauron was defeated, the One Ring destroyed, and the Gondorian New Year ushered in across Middle-Earth – so it makes the perfect day to celebrate all things Tolkien.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkein (1892 – 1973) is perhaps most famous for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King). Thanks in no small part to the amazing cinematography of Peter Jackson’s recent films. Before the films though Tolkien had established a strong readership and following for the sheer scale and beauty and use of language (much of it elvish) in these four books.
J. R. R. Tolkien also wrote Beowulf: the monsters and the critics; The Father Christmas Letters; Mr Bliss; Roverandom; Leaf by Niggle; The Adventures of Tom Bombadil; On Fairy Stories; Smith of Wootton Major; Farmer Giles of Ham. Following his death in 1973 his unfinished works also published (much later). They include: The Silmarrillion; Unfinished Tales; The History of Middle-earth; The Children of Hurin; The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun; and The Fall of Arthur.
I am currently rediscovering The Hobbit. What will you be reading to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day?