(P.S. Fake pipe – I do not smoke. The intriguing expression is real though …)
Celebrating Tolkien and His Timeless Works
On the 25th of March, Year 3019 of the Third Age, the One Ring was destroyed in the depths of Mount Doom – bringing an end to the dominion of Sauron and the heralding the liberation of Middle-earth.
In our world, this day marks a worldwide celebration and appreciation of Tolkien and his works.
Celebrations usually take the form of Middle-earth reading marathons; with some even more reading marathons.
Pick your favourite passages and let the words flow within your mind, as you experience the magic of Tolkien.
I myself have just begun my 9th or 10th re-read of The Silmarillion; which will lead me on to re-experience The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Tolkien is a fantastic writer and master world builder.
To honour today’s celebration, here are three favourite passages of mine from his 3 distinct works.
Any fan who has read the stories of Middle-earth will realise how excellent Tolkien was at creating and describing drama and emotion on an epic scale…
The Silmarillion; Chapter 20, ‘Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad’
He’s also a pretty good comic…
The Hobbit; Chapter 8, ‘Flies and Spiders’
Not to mention his top-notch skills as a thriller writer…
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; Book I, Chapter 3, ‘Three is Company’
This day, Wednesday 25 March 2015 sees also the launch of the Tolkien Estate website. Go and have a look at what the new page has to offer.
In the meantime, the good people at Middle-earth News have been doing some fantastic coverage on this year’s Tolkien Reading Day, based on the theme of “Friendship”. Head over to the site (here) to check out some of their fantastic contributions.
There is even a dedicated hashtag on Twitter #TolkienReadingDay – so make sure you tweet your way through this day! Hurray! Okay …
Now it’s up to you to share with us any favourite passages you cherish and simply love re-reading; looking forward to getting to a particular page every time you pickup that crumbled copy of The Lord of the Rings, or any other book by the Professor.
In the meantime, Happy Reading!