25 Mar 2010

Happy Tolkien Reading Day

Today is Tolkien Reading Day so no excuses, grab your favorite Tolkien's book and read. 'Tolkien Reading Day' is a good way to introduce children or young readers to the Tolkien's Legendarium. I was only nine, maybe ten when I first came across a huge book in the house called 'The Lord of the Rings' and the rest is history. Reading Tolkien is not always easy, he uses a lot of words, names, references , but for all its complexity, his style is truly unique and its nice to have one special day dedicated to Tolkien readings and to share thoughts and opinions on his work with others. Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event that The Tolkien Society started in 2003 to encourage people to read works of J.R.R.Tolkien and this day was chosen in celebration of the fall of Sauron.

The 25th of March is a very important day in Middle-earth. On this day the One Ring of Power is destroyed and the Realm of Sauron is ended for ever. Of all days, Tolkien chooses March 25 which is a very significant date also in the Catholic calender . It is , of course, the Feast of the Annunciation, the celebration of the moment when God himself became incarnate as man. In ancient Anglo-Saxon belief, and in European popular tradition March 25 is also the date of the Crucifixion. A very important day indeed and not one chosen at random by Tolkien. Middle-earth finally free from the oppression of Sauron - light replace shadows as hope replace doubts. Today is a good day to read, Happy Tolkien Reading Day Hobbits :)

Tolkien Reading Day 2010