From Ian at the Tolkien Society…
Tolkien Reading Day
25th March is “Tolkien Reading Day”, this event launched last year is aimed at encouraging the use of Tolkien’s works in education, by getting schoolteachers and library staff to participate in reading Tolkien to their classes and in their libraries. Hence the circulation of this release to the media, educational press and county libraries. The popularity of Tolkien’s works was illustrated by a `clean sweep’ at the Oscars for Peter Jackson’s Return of the King as it gained 11 out of 11 nominations. Tolkien’s works encompass many themes, and can be used to illustrate or provide assessment subjects for study areas in current school curricula. 25th March has a 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”. For children and adults reading together is fun, and stimulates good conversation.
You don’t have to have read much of Tolkien’s work, all you need is to enjoy it.
Libraries or schools wishing to hold an event are advised to contact the Society for free posters, bookmarks and help with publicising their event. This year also sees some related events: