Tolkien Society Each year The Tolkien Society hosts an AGM for its members. This year, the organisation will institute annual awards in several categories to:

‘recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom as well as highlighting our long-standing charitable objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE”.’

Continue reading “Announcing the inaugural Tolkien Society Awards”

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Tolkien Reading Day LA 2013Since 2003, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work have gathered each March to celebrate and share his writing with each other and the public.  Set by the Tolkien Society on March 25 to commemorate the downfall of Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings,” the idea of Tolkien Reading Day was inspired by the annual bloomsday celebration of the works of James Joyce.

In Los Angeles, the local smial of the Tolkien Society, Tolkien Forever, has been observing Reading Day since 2006. Open to all who appreciate Tolkien’s work, volunteers sign up to read selections that may range from favorites like “Riddles in the Dark” to lesser-known pieces like the children’s book “Mr. Bliss.”

This year in Los Angeles, Reading Day will be held on Saturday, March 22, and will return to The Last Bookstore downtown, a venue worth visiting for any book lover. Volunteers who would would like to sign up to read should visit the Facebook event page for more details. Come out and share your favorite Tolkien selection with everyone!

For those in other parts of the country and the world, the Tolkien Society is cataloging events around the globe as they are scheduled. Don’t see your town on the list? Start your own Tolkien Reading Day! All you need is a few friends and a copy of “The Hobbit” to get started…

Reading Day Event Information

Los Angeles, USA

Date: Saturday, March 22
Location: The Last Bookstore
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Find out more

Brisbane, Australia

Date: Saturday March 22
Location: Logan North Library
Time: 11am to 1pm
Find out more

Other locations

Tolkien Society Event Index

Do you have information about another Reading Day event that you’d like us to share? Email spymaster@theonering.net!

Some associate TheOneRing only with Peter Jackson films set in Middle-earth. It is always our pleasure to support fans and all the aspects of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (except what you are selling on Ebay). Below is a press release sent by The Tolkien Society that we give to you just as it was sent to us. The Tolkien Society (UK edition) was founded in 1969, 30 years before TORn, and it is always a pleasure to alert people to its events. When we post these we can’t help but wish this was the year we would attend. Anyway, here is the release for events taking place this weekend. Spread the word!

“The Tolkien Society has teamed up with the Birmingham Tolkien Group to bring you the thirteenth Middle-earth Weekend this Saturday and Sunday in celebration of 75 years of The Hobbit.

Middle-earth Weekend takes place at Sarehole Mill in an area of Birmingham in which Tolkien grew up and which inspired his writings – the area is credited with inspiring Tolkien’s vision of The Shire and Hobbiton including Sandyman’s infamous Mill. This area has been designated as “The Shire Country Park” in Tolkien’s honour and the park covers the River Cole, Chinn Brook, Moseley Bog & the Dell, and the Dingles – all places J.R.R. Tolkien knew as a child when he lived just across from the mill pool.

Events this year include: mediaeval re-enactments, archery, live performances of excerpts from Tolkien’s works by Shire Productions, guided walks, poetry and music, our Tolkien tent with stalls of goodies, a climbing wall, our popular costume competition, face painting, dragons(!), and, of course, a working mill! It is a full menagerie of events for the whole family that will excite, entertain, amuse and inform. Continue reading “Tolkien Society celebrating 75 years of ‘Hobbit’ this weekend”

The Tolkien Society sends this in: This year’s Middle-earth Weekend has the theme of the Mariner to tie in with the International Maritime Organization’s Year of the Seafarer. Although Sarehole itself is landlocked and hobbits had a fear of boats Tolkien’s ‘Shire’ for which Sarehole was an inspiration was bordered by the elven towers at the outskirts of the Grey Havens from where the elves would sail West to Valinor. A story that links the earliest ages of Middle-earth with “The Lord of the Rings” is the tale of Eärendil the Mariner. Continue reading “The Mariner: Sailing Around Middle-Earth”

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”