March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day!
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion explores the history of Middle Earth prior to the events in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Before Sauron and the One Ring, there was Morgoth:
“For the rocks rang with the shrill music of Fingolfin’s horn, and his voice came keen and clear down into the depths of Angband; and Fingolfin named Morgoth craven, and lord of slaves. Therefore Morgoth came, climbing slowly from his subterranean throne, and the rumour of his feet was like thunder underground. And he issued forth clad in black armour; and he stood before the King like a tower, iron-crowned, and his vast shield, sable unblazoned, cast a shadow over him like a stormcloud. But Fingolfin gleamed beneath it as a star; for his mail was overlaid with silver, and his blue shield was set with crystals; and he drew his sword Ringil, that glittered like ice.”
– Tolkien, The Silmarillion
The Tolkien Society declared the theme “Tolkien and the mysterious” for this year’s Tolkien Reading Day.