Tolkien Day

By Rachel Monaghan.

Tolkien Reading Day is on the 25th of March each year and this year's theme is hope and courage.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, translator, and Oxford professor during the 20th century. Tolkien wrote extensively which included The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other works; poems, children’s stories, and academic papers.

Tolkien Reading Day was created to encourage people to read the brilliant author’s works.

The date of the 25th of March was chosen as the date on which the Ring was destroyed, completing Frodo’s quest and vanquishing Sauron; when good finally overcomes evil.

The day 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. They particularly encourage schools, museums and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events.

There is nothing much more escapist than J. R. R. Tolkien’s most famous work, which is the high fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings. The theme is very fitting as the books themselves are very inspiring of hope and courage due to the adventures that the characters undertake.