Friday, January 1, 2016

Tolkien Calendar 2016

Happy New Year, everybody!

With each new year brings more fun Tolkien and Middle-earth related events to look forward to.  Here is a calendar of upcoming events to look forward to this year.

Tolkien Birthday Toast - January 3rd
Tolkien 124th birthday is this January 3rd.  To celebrate this event, grab your favorite drink--whether it's tea or champagne--and raise your glass "To the Professor!" at 9pm your local time.  This event is sponsored by the Tolkien Society.

Tolkien Reading Day - March 25th
March 25th is the day of the year that Sauron was defeated, and is also the day dedicated to Tolkien reading around the world.  This year's theme according to the Tolkien Society is about "Life, Death, and Immortality" with an emphasis on Tolkien's war service and it's influence on his writing.

Tolkien Memory Day - September 2nd
The day of Tolkien's passing in 1973, this is just a reminder to step back and appreciate all the work he has done.  Specific to Lover of Lembas, this is the kick off to the Book Marathon.

Lord of the Rings Book Marathon - September 2nd-22nd
This is an event unique to Lover of Lembas!  It will be the second annual dash to read The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings in just twenty days!  All readers are welcome to join.

Hobbit Day - September 22nd
By Shire Reckoning, this is the day of Bilbo and Frodo's birthday!  The same day that Bilbo departs for Rivendell and gives up the Ring as well.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate two special characters, and is probably the most widely known Tolkien holiday.  Specific to Lover of Lembas, this concludes the Book Marathon.

Tolkien Week - September 18th-25th
This week is always chosen because it corresponds with Hobbit Day.  It is a week to recognize both J.R.R. Tolkien and his son Christopher Tolkien who has made so much of J.R.R.T.'s work accessible to us.  This event is celebrated around the world.

Oxonmoot - September 24th-25th
Oxonmoot is a huge gathering of Tolkien fans and scholars alike which takes place at different locations in England.  It consists of lectures, tours, costumes, dancing, games, and general camaraderie.  This is the Tolkien Society's finest event, and in their words: "if you want to come to any Tolkien event, come to Oxonmoot."

These events are a marvelous opportunity to celebrate these books that have touched so many people.  Encourage your school and/or public libraries to do something to honor Tolkien and his work for one of these holidays.  2016 looks like it will be a great year!

3 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you too! Thank for sharing! I just added these events to my handy-dandy calendar!!! Can't wait! So excited for this year! :D

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    1. It's what I live for... and what I am here for! ;D

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