It’s that time of week again folks! Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re surviving quarantine and have found wonderful things to read and write about! My writing has fallen a little to the wayside as I’ve been consumed with Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses saga, which is a truly original retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You can check it out here!
Today is National Tolkien Reading Day marking an annual event encouraging the reading of JRR Tolkien’s works and the use of them in an educational setting. The Tolkien Society launched the event in 2003 having chosen March 25 in honor of the fall of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. This day is not to be confused with Hobbit Day, which takes place on September 22 and marks Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthdays, and Tolkien Week, which takes place the week of Hobbit Day.
I personally have only read The Hobbit and not The Lord of the Rings trilogy or any of his other noted works, although I have seen all the movies based on his works and his life. I plan on reading them someday, but someday may be a long time from now. It’s probably because I read The Hobbit when I was in elementary school and it scared me to death. The scene where Smeagol kills his friend for the ring pretty much scarred me for life; I can’t even watch the scenes with Smeagol/Gollum in the movies without burying my face in a blanket.
Perhaps another way you can celebrate the day is by writing a short story inspired by Tolkien’s work or the fantasy genre itself. Or, just do some brainstorming. Create a world entirely your own. What characters or creatures are in your world? What kingdoms are in power and who are your heroes? What rules of magic govern your world? Maybe your brainstorming will lead to an epic fantasy saga that I’ll be reading in a few years. I myself have been brainstorming for a fantasy series over the past few months. I’m almost ready to transfer my ideas from my imagination to the written word. Perhaps that is what I’ll work on in honor of the day!
For now, I’m curious about your experiences with Tolkien’s work. Let me know in the comments if you stick strictly to the movies or if you’ve braved the written works of JRR Tolkien. Either way, I hope you have a chance to curl up on the couch watching the movies inspired by his works or reading Tolkien’s books to celebrate National Tolkien Reading Day.