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Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments


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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

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘Tolkien and the mysterious.

Happy Tolkien Reading Day! This is a curious topic for this year…The world that Tolkien envisioned is certainly one full of wonder and mystery. From the creation of the world and Edu’s plan to the roles of the Valar and the Maiar, the disappearance of the Ent-wives, what lies beyond the veil and the bonds of the world, the Elves’ departure from Middle Earth to the West…Even the way in which certain characters’ paths meet and end up with he task that is given to them is a mystery in a way. The fellowship encountering the Argonath, monuments from a past age, is a passage filled with awe, majesty, and mystery of the past.

What do you think about this year’s theme? How will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? Last year I mentioned wanting to re-read LOTR and indeed cracked open The Fellowship of the Ring but I’ve been so busy and I’m swamped right now with project and essay deadlines so I might read something smaller…like Bilbo’s Song, lol #stillcounts 🙂

Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments


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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

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit.

Lovely topic for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day! Of course reading the book or watching the movie for the first time you’re immediately drawn to the actions surrounding the world of Men, the Elves, the Dwarves, etc. But as the years go by I find myself more and more appreciative of hobbits and their life and their appreciation and love of home and food and family and friends and all in all the quiet life.

I’m just going to leave this video here because it pretty much embodies what I mean about hobbits:

What do you think about hobbits, lol? How will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? If you’re a regular follower of my blog you know that I’ve been just so busy lately. But I’ve been meaning to re-read LOTR so despite of everything that’s going on, I’ve settled in and started re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring. Good times 😀

Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 10 Comments


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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

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘Poetry and Songs in Tolkien’s Fiction.

Interesting topic for this year’s Tolkien Day seeing as poetry and songs make up such a huge part of Tolkien’s fiction: The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3) alone is filled with both folk songs and ancient hymns, and all of the recently published, incomplete poems with his take on Beowulf and King Arthur shows just how steeped in old poems Tolkien really worked from. It’s quite informative reading these titles (see author tag) even as it can be frustrating that they are incomplete! He really loved old tales and mythologies, as he expressed in his essay about The Kalevala (review; and which I found myself nodding in agreement), and his love of these tales really shows in the poems he produced in his own works.

Oh, and if writing poetry and songs isn’t enough, he also writes them in the Elvish languages that he created, Sindarin and Quenya! I’m always in awe that he did this, it adds further depth and richness to the world and the story he created. One of my favourite poems from LOTR:

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
Na-chaered palan-díriel
o galadhremmin ennorath,
Fanuilos, le linnathon
nef aear, sí nef aearon!

A Elbereth Gilthoniel
o menel palan-diriel,
le nallon sí di’nguruthos!
A tiro nin, Fanuilos!

(O Elbereth Starkindler,
white-glittering, slanting down sparkling like a jewel,
the glory of the starry host!
Having gazed far away
from the tree-woven lands of Middle-earth,
to thee, Everwhite, I will sing,
on this side of the Sea, here on this side of the Ocean!

O Elbereth Starkindler,
from heaven gazing afar,
to thee I cry now beneath the shadow of death!
O look towards me, Everwhite!)

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Oh, and for fun, here’s an audio of Tolkien reciting “Namarie” sung by Galadriel in LOTR:

I suppose one can go on and on talkin about the poems and songs that Tolkien wrote about, as well as those old mythologies that he loved so much and attempted to re-write in his own perspective and grasp of language. And I guess that’s the root of it: not just his love of mythology and old stories but his deep grasp of language. It really reflects in his works (see: his version of Beowulf (review) compared to the version accesible to most).

What do you think of poetry and songs in Tolkien’s fiction? How will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? I’m not entirely sure how I’ll be celebrating today; I’ve been wanting to re-read LOTR for some time now but with all the books on my TBR queue and some other books on my re-read queue I haven’t quite wiggled around some time to re-read LOTR. Maybe later this year? In the meantime, maybe I’ll re-read Bilbo’s Last Song, a song Tolkien wrote on Bilbo’s voyage to the Grey Havens and off to the West. Seems like the perfect way to celebrate this year’s theme 🙂

Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments


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I wasn’t going to schedule a post today as today is Good Friday but it’s March 25th, which means it’s also 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

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘life, death and immortality. The theme seems rather fitting given today’s event in the Catholic liturgical calendar, but it is also a very prominent facet of Tolkien’s works and of Middle Earth. It’s an aspect that permeates greatly in Tolkien’s stories, that defines some of the characters’ journeys and challenges.

The following contains some spoilers if you haven’t seen the LOTR movies…

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Tolkien Reading Day!

Posted 25 March, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments


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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

According to the Tolkien Society, the theme this year is ‘friendship in Tolkien’s works‘:

The theme of friendship was chosen for this year’s Reading Day to help celebrate the deep friendships that Tolkien developed in his own life and in his work. It is also on this date, 25 March, that Frodo and Sam’s friendship triumphed in Mordor with the destruction of the One Ring.

I guess it’s easy to start with the big friendship in Tolkien’s work, that between Frodo and Sam. For where would Frodo be without Sam? How far would he have been able to go without Sam beside him to support him and keep him grounded as the One Ring continued to worm his way in and burden him greatly. Frodo obviously doesn’t want to burden his friends, especially Sam, but Sam is committed to stay by Frodo’s side regardless of the dangers ahead.

There were a lot of great scenes between them but this I think is just the pinnacle scene for them, Sam carrying Frodo to his destination in Mount Doom. Well, there’s this scene and the other scene…before this one, I believe, where Sam gives him the last of his water, and Frodo asks what about for the return trip and Sam tells him that there won’t be one. I thought that was a powerful scene too because all this time Sam has been talking about how they would return home afterwards and to come to this point where he finally accepts/acknowledges that there won’t be a return trip back and is focusing their remaining resources and energies to getting Frodo to Mount Doom was just heartbreaking and powerful.

There are of course many other wonderful friendships that populate Tolkien’s works: Aragorn and Legolas and Gimli, Legolas and Gimli, Aragorn and Eomer, Merry and Pippin, Bilbo and Balin, and more going back into The Silmarillion. The bonds they shared, the experiences they had together, and the care they had for each other through such difficult times is quite amazing to behold.

So what about you, how will you be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day? What are your favourite friendships in Tolkien’s works?

Oh, and I know I said this last year and the year before but I have indeed started re-reading The Silmarillion some time ago 😛 Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out on my blog later today as my focus for this month’s So You Want To Read… feature is indeed on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works 😉