Today is the annual Tolkien Reading Day where fans from around the world celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien and his works by simply reading. Some schools around the globe participate as do bookstores and coffee shops but many more take part in their own way, by themselves or with friends and family. How did you celebrate? There are excellent responses on TORn’s own Facebook page (and we like to be “liked”) or you can share your experience on our message boards by following the “discuss” link below. It is also an excellent time to check our our own Reading Room including this post. If you didn’t have a chance to read Tolkien today, its not too late in many time zones (and we promise not to tell if you do it a day late.)

Garfeimao writes: Here ye, here ye, Tolkien Reading Day is quickly approaching and Tolkien Forever, the official Los Angeles area smial of the Tolkien Society, is hosting a Reading Day event. Because March 25 falls on a Thursday, we’ve decided to move it to Saturday, March 27 so that more people may attend. Both adults and children of all ages are welcome for this event where reading is the order of the day. Continue reading “Tolkien Reading Day in LA”

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; the theme for 2010 is

“Tolkien’s Seafarers”

Reading Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to read together and share their thoughts about the story. As 2010 is the International Maritime Organization’s Year of the Seafarer the theme chosen gives people a chance to read and think about exploring the undercurrents in the Numenorean romance the “Tale of Aldarion and Erendis” from “Unfinished Tales”, the journeys and ships of the Teleri, the flight of the Noldor, and the voyages of Tuor and Earendil in “The Silmarillion”, or Bilbo’s poem about the latter in LotR. There are also the poems “The Happy Mariners” and at a pinch “Bombadil Goes Boating.

Continue reading “Tolkien Reading Day is March 25th”

Sean Kirst from The Post-Standard writes: Another Tolkien Reading Day is upon us, as discussed in today’s column – attached in “extended reading.” We’re holding this year’s version Sunday at 1 p.m. on the second floor of The Palace Theatre in Eastwood. Admission is free, and the focus is participation, not fundraising, especially in these tough financial times. But if you want to throw any change into a hat, all proceeds will go toward a couple of local literacy projects: The Ted Grace Reading Grove, and a GED program at the Learning Place. We’ll be reading from “The Hobbit,” and we’ll go for as long as everyone holds out. Right now, we’re thinking three pages per reader. The point is certainly to honor Tolkien, but it’s also to recall the sheer joy of reading. Retired English professor Tony Annunziata, the focus of today’s column, recently noted that Tolkien exemplifies the power of reading: His work demands an intense creative process for anyone who flips open the books, and the payoff is a lifetime bond. Syracuse Tolkien Reading Day II