March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day

by Feb 27, 2009Events

Here’s the latest press release from The Tolkien Society!

25th March is Tolkien Reading Day!

Tolkien Reading Day was set up to encourage people to read some of Tolkien’s stories at school or university, in reading groups, or as a family; the theme for 2009 is “Journeys & Destinations.”

Reading Day is an opportunity for grownups and children to read together and share their thoughts about journeys in Tolkien’s works and the places the travellers are going to. You can read an old favourite or maybe discover new ones.

Ideas for exploring Tolkien’s books together are available online and in hard copy

J.R.R. Tolkien’s books appeal to all ages and readers worldwide find pleasure, entertainment and deep significance in his work.

Reading together is fun, for both children and adults, and reading on a theme stimulates good conversation and vocabulary development. There is much more to Tolkien than “The Lord of the Rings” though. Families or library reading groups can enjoy various stories from either the well known, the humorous adventures of “Farmer Giles of Ham” who takes on giants, knights, and dragons, the mystical journey of an artist in “Leaf By Niggle”, or the travels and travails of the dog “Roverandom”.

Schools can contact the Society for education packs, bookmarks and posters. Members of the public, libraries, or reading groups wishing to hold an event near to rather than on the 25th can contact the Society for free posters to help with publicising their event.

Requests for posters or queries regarding this Press Release should be addressed to:
Ian Collier, Publicity Officer, 22 Oaklands Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 0DS UK
e-mail publicity AT tolkiensociety DOT org

Launched in 2003 the reading day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages from Primary schoolchildren to University students and library users of all ages. Hence the circulation of this release to the media, educational press and county library services. 25th March has significance to Tolkien’s readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the ‘War of the Ring’ in “The Lord of the Rings.”


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