If you’ve been around this blog for any length of times, odds are you’ve figured out that I’m a Tolkien fan.
As a child, The Hobbit captured my imagination (even though it started with the animated version from the 70’s… Orlando Bloom doesn’t remotely resemble that Elvenking!). As a teenager, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion changed the way that I thought about writing. (Yes, I will admit that I once tried my hand at designing my own language and even considered a minor in linguistics, thanks to him.) As an adult, his works have remained a touchstone, a reminder of the way I want to tell stories, favorites to slip back to whenever I’m between new books.
So needless to say, March 25th is always a greatly anticipated day since it’s Tolkien Reading Day!
It’s the perfect time to join countless other booklovers in an annual tradition begun by The Tolkien Society.
Observances here vary from year to year. Once I decided to read The Hobbit in one day for the occasion, which I did just narrowly. This year, it’s Spring Break, so I’ve enjoyed sitting back and watching the film versions of the books. The dwarves are having an unexpected party at Bag End as I write.
One thing that I always do, though, is read a bit of Return of the King, specifically Book VI, the last part of chapter 3 and the beginning of chapter 4. After all, it’s the reason that this date was chosen above all others. It’s the anniversary of the Fall of Sauron.
And now the Dark Lord lives as a bobblehead in my car. How the mighty have fallen…
Do you celebrate Tolkien Reading Day or any other booklover holidays?