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Stay at home idea: Celebrate Tolkien Day reading some of the author's finest works

Calling all Lord of the Rings Fans: March 25 is Tolkien Day

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

“One ring to rule them all,
   one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all
   and in the darkness bind them.”

Today, March 25, marks the ending of darkness in the fantasy realm of Barad-dûr. On this date, we celebrate the downfall of Sauron and The One Ring meeting its demise in the fires of Mount Doom by reading, of course — thanks to the success of Frodo’s quest and The Tolkien Society.

A girl in sweatpants reading a book by JRR Tolkien on her bedPhoto: @exlibrus_sc on Instagram 

The Tolkien Society encourages fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by hosting their own Tolkien Reading Day events annually on March 25 since 2003. Schools, museums, and libraries are encouraged to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events by reading favorite passages from the treasured author's works — and just because we can't do that together this year doesn't mean you shouldn't celebrate yourself.

This year’s theme is Nature and Industry and suggestions for reading include: The Lord of the Rings chapters such as “The Old Forest,” “Lothlórien,” “Treebeard,” “Helm’s Deep,” “The Scouring of the Shire”; Tales from the Perilous Realm, particularly Leaf by Niggle; The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, such as letters 75, 78, 131, 155, 181; and Beren and Lúthien.

Be sure to share stories, photos, and videos of reading using the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay and spend the day enjoying Tolkien’s works.

Don’t mind if I do take a trip to Middle Earth with “my precious” cup in hand, naturally.

Related: JK Rowling lifts licensing fees on Harry Potter books so teachers can read to students

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