It’s March 25th today, which means it’s Tolkien Reading Day!!! Here’s the description of what this day is all about:
Launched in 2003 Tolkien Reading Day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages, from primary schoolchildren to university students and library users of all ages. 25th March has significance to Tolkien’s readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the ‘War of the Ring’ in The Lord of the Rings.
– more information about the event here
Looking at the Society’s site a bit further, I see that this year’s theme is “Tolkien’s Landscapes“, though it is also continuing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.
So, what am I going to be doing for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day? To be honest this is the first time I’m actually celebrating it (I’m such a bad Tolkien fan, I know *hangs head in shame* though to be fair the last week of March has always been a mad week in my calendar). I’ve read The Hobbit twice in the past year (will perhaps re-read it again before the second movie comes out at the end of the year! lol) so instead I’ve decided to go with The Silmarillion.
I suppose it’s a pretty ambitious choice (well, if anything, I’ll be starting to re-read it, lol) but I’ve been meaning to re-read this book for years now. I only read it once, the summer before ROTK came out in theatres, I believe (yikes, it’s been 10 years in that case x_x). I was still in high school at the time and my memory of most of the stories save for a few (the Creation story and the fall of Morgoth, the Two Trees, Beren & Luthien) are hazy so I’m really looking forward to re-reading this again and revisiting the early days of the Eldar. I think I might get more out of it this time around =)
What are you reading for Tolkien Reading Day? Have you ever celebrated it? Happy Monday!