Posted on March 25, 2014
Tolkien is famous for The Hobbit and for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
But John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote a lot more than those four books. The Tolkien Society and the Tolkienist have proclaimed today as a special day to read, discuss, and appreciate his others writings. (Just check out how many other books, poems, and articles you can choose from!)
It's not Tolkien's birthday.
It's not the anniversary of his death, nor the date of publication of one of his major works. Instead, March 25 was chosen because it is (supposedly) the date of the destruction of the One Ring and the fall of Sauron (all of which occurred in The Lord of the Rings).
Actually, I didn't know that the beings of Middle Earth used the Gregorian calendar!
According to Tolkien Gateway, in Arda (the name for Middle Earth that people “in the know” often use), the date that the ring was destroyed was March 25, T.A. 3019, with “T.A.” standing for Third Age.
Yeah, there really are all these fictional histories and created languages in which Tolkien fans can immerse themselves. And there is an entire LOTR Wiki to explore, as well.)
By the way...
This year's topic for Tolkien Reading Day is “Hope.” I certainly hope you enjoy Tolkien today!
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