Tolkien geeks would probably scoff at me for posting this a day late, and I really have no excuse! I will willingly take a hit or two to the head for forgetting that yesterday was Tolkien Reading Day. Then again, I am not really that much of a Tolkien geek although I have read the Lord of the Rings books countless times.
Anyhow, since 2003, March has been celebrated as Tolkien Reading Day. And how did this relatively new tradition begin? According to the story, a journalist came up to the people at the Tolkien Society. This is a group that is, obviously, dedicated to the famed author of the Lord of the Rings. This journalist was supposed to have asked them how come there isn’t a day commemorating the life and work of Tolkien. As the story goes, he even compared this to the day designated for James Joyce. Of course, what fan can resist such a challenge? And, that’s the story of how Tolkien Reading Day was born.
Each year, there is a specific theme for Tolkien Reading Day. This year, the theme is Tolkien’s Seafarers. Naturally, those who come to participate have to wear costumes fitting the theme. Think of all the characters in Tolkiens books which can fit this theme – the possibilities are practically endless!
Other activities include readings, musical interludes, and discussion. Of course, the mere fact that you can come as a character in your favorite story is more than enough incentive! If you can’t come to the gathering, I am sure that you can celebrate in your own way.
Belated Happy Tolkien Reading Day, guys!