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.
The first book was written by English author J. R. R Tolkien and published in 1954.
The first of the films which popularised the series even further was released almost 50 years after the first book was published.
The first book was originally meant to be a sequel to his also famous 1937 children’s book, The Hobbit, but ended up being a much larger work with the total number of pages in the books reaching a whopping 1137. This means that it would take the average reader almost 32 hours to read the whole trilogy if they read it continuously from start to finish.
Tolkien was an extensive writer and wrote at least 36 other books in his career. Along with the three main books in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the original Hobbit book, Tolkien’s son published four more of his father’s works after he passed away. This included the extensive amount of notes and unpublished manuscripts that his father had not released which were about Middle-Earth. This is the fictional universe in which The Lord of the Rings is set.
Alongside the extensive work that Tolkien put into the physical characteristics of his universe, he also invented languages for the people in them to speak. Multiple languages were developed by Tolkien for the books and linguistic professors have deemed them linguistically and grammatically sound.
Tolkien day is the perfect time for those that have considered reading The Lord of the Rings but found the extent of the work quite daunting to delve into the world of Middle-Earth.
That is the great thing about ready Books - they can take you on a magical journey at your own pace.
The Film Series
Ever wondered which is the best order to watch the movies, here is a site that will help you on your quest!
Other terms for Tolkien fans include Tolkienite or Tolkiendil.
“Where there's life there's hope.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again