On this day, in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien was born; and with him a future that would enable millions of readers around the world to enjoy and experience the realism of Middle-earth and its inhabitants.
Much is owed to this man of humble origins who, though still firmly rooted to the ground, rose to great prominence and gave an essential contribution to the world – not only in the realms of story-telling, but also academic contributions to the English Language.
It is therefore deemed fitting for any reader, to commemorate the life of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – that on this day, at 9pm (your local time), to raise a glass (not necessarily alcoholic) and proclaim the words: “The Professor”.
It’s as simple as that.
But no matter how short (or meaningless it may seem), especially if you do this alone (I admit I’m one of those people), it always feels good to actually stop for a moment and think beyond the fantasy worlds and the essays and simply dedicate a “thank you” to the man himself.
So, wherever you are, if it’s 9pm there (or any other time) join the fandom in a worldwide celebration dedicated to the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.