March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day and I’m thrilled to share the festivities with you!
Today is a day to commemorate the written works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Why March 25th? In Middle-earth, March 25th was the day Frodo destroyed the One Ring in the fiery pit of Mount Doom. A great day for merrymaking!
Per the Tolkien Society, the Tolkien Reading Day theme for 2016 is “Life, Death, and Immortality”.
What can you read to celebrate? Anything penned by Tolkien!
Tolkien wrote an impressive collection of books and stories. Many of his tales take place in Middle-earth, or are otherwise related to his popular high fantasy works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
In honour of the holiday, this short Gondorian poem really embodies the “Life, Death, and Immortality” theme:
When the Black Breath blows
and death’s shadow grows
and all lights pass,
come athelas! Come athelas!
Life to the dying
In the king’s hand lying!
–The Return of the King
An accomplished linguist, Tolkien specialized in English philology during his university days.
The Quenya phrase á na márië is an elvish expression of greeting and farewell.