Apparently that’s a thing, Tolkien Reading Day. And has been a thing since 2003, when the folks at the Tolkien Society decided that every year’s 25th March would be the day to promote Tolkien’s legacy and encourage even more people to read his books. In case you’re curious, you can read more about it here.
A great idea, if you ask me. And I’m joining this event by beginning to read The Two Towers today.
Nevertheless, there seems to be a theme for each year and 2018’s theme is Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit. If you have read some of my previous post, you probably know that I haven’t read many of Tolkien’s works yet but I’m
working reading to change that. Still, this is a theme about which I’m a bit knowledgeable by now and I’m bringing you some suggestions which are a good fit for this theme, in case you want to give it a go and start reading Tolkien right now.
- Concerning Hobbits (The Fellowship of the Ring, Prologue I). This is a delightful, encyclopaedia-style article that’ll tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Hobbits and more. And if you still wanted to find out more about them, you can read the next part of the prologue, which is only two pages long: Concerning Pipe-weed. I found that hilarious. Like, seriously, who would have thought to include a reference to such a topic in a book. Only Tolkien, of course.
- An Unexpected Party (The Hobbit, Chapter I). The Hobbit was written before The Lord of the Rings, so you can find as much information about how a Hobbit lives – and perhaps more importantly, eats – right here.
- A Long-expected Party (The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter I). Ah, Hobbits sure know how to throw a party. Bilbo’s planing the best party ever for his eleventy-first birthday; there will be plenty of food, fireworks and a final surprise to amuse the guests that have come from near and far. What’s not to love about it?
And that’s how far my knowledge of Hobbits will take me. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Had you ever heard of this Tolkien Reading Day? Are you planning to take part in it? If so, what are you reading today?