24 March 2012

March 25th: Tolkien Reading Day

Tomorrow, March 25th, is celebrated worldwide the TOLKIEN READING DAY. This date was chose because according to the Tale of Years, the Chronology of the Westlands, appearing in Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings, March 25th is the day of the Downfall of Barad-dûr and the passing of Sauron.

The is the ninth year this special day was celebrated. It started in 2003, and it's purpose is "to invite everyone to discover and enjoy the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien through talking about them and through activities associated with them". The topic for this year is "75 years of The Hobbit". People gather themselves in libraries or reading groups, and read and discuss the works. Others read with their families,  others do it alone. The Tolkien Society webpage offers some educational resources, specially for children, like activity suggestions, walkthroughs to The Hobbit, or information about runes. For detailed information: http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/tolkienreadingday_2012.html. Also, the history of this day is explained in an article in the same webpage: http://www.tolkiensociety.org/ed/tolkienreadingday.html. The facebook event is this one, it has links to some activities around the world. Also don't forget to check your local Tolkien Society activities! http://www.facebook.com/events/347887218582891/

Besides, "mymiddle.earth.net" site is organizing a  photo-contest, in which if you submit a picture of yourself reading your favorite Tolkien books, you may win one of 5 The Hobbit kindle e-books! Go ahead and submit your photograph, I'm thinking about submitting one myself! The submissions I most like:

So, remember, March 25th, go ahead and have a great time reading Tolkien! Though probably, if you are reading this, you don't need a special day todo so. :)

EDIT: Two more submissions that are worth showing, now that the contest has finished (by some reason they did not publish the winners):

this last one is me  by the way!

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