This almost escaped our attention, but Facebook unassumingly came to the rescue (rather like a Hobbit): today is Tolkien Reading Day! Begun in 2003 by The Tolkien Society following an inquiry by a journalist as to whether such a day existed, it takes place every March 25, marking the downfall of Sauron in The Lord of the Rings — chosen as a symbol of renewal.
Lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books gather formally and informally for lectures, talks and workshops, and many set aside time this day to read from their favorite book of his. You’re also welcome to celebrate by listening to this fantastic reading of “Akallabêth — the Downfall of Numenor,” from Tolkien’s longer work The Silmarilion. — Amanda