Tolkien Reading Day 2023

Hi there!

The year has been a spectacular exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work and various adaptations for me so far. It just so happens that there’s an annual event called Tolkien Reading Day that is held on the 25th of March (today!) every year, marking the precise date on which the One Ring was destroyed. While this didn’t require any particular effort considering how I’m now always reading something by the man himself, I thought I’d might as well highlight this wonderful Saturday by first recapping everything I’ve consumed and reviewed related to the professor and his work and end on my currently reading Tolkien book!


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – In Concert.

Video Game.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014).

Currently Reading.

Normally, I would’ve been reading The Children of Húrin right now but having gotten through that story twice already (first in The Silmarillion and then in Unfinished Tales), I thought it would be wise to take a break from the first story of the Great Tales and check something else out as little break of it all before getting to it. So, here I am, working my way through something lighter and descriptive!

Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien
(c) Goodreads

How about you?

Do you usually stop reading anything you’ve been reading lately to pick up something written by Tolkien for this day? Do you plan to eventually check out his books or revisit your favourites? 🙂 Whatever you do decide to read today, I wish you all a wonderful weekend and…



41 thoughts on “Tolkien Reading Day 2023

  1. I did not know about this day. I’m not surprised though. While I love the Hobbit and really enjoy the Lord of the Rings, I don’t count myself a huge Tolkien fan.

    You have fun though 😉

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  2. I was going to slip into the Further Tales because your review the other day had me jazzed about it again, but ended up wanting to flip through and read The Children of Hurin. I don’t actually read the whole book since I only have a few hours scattered through the day to read, but the excerpts as I page through are great.

    namárië (be well)

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    1. That’s still pretty awesome, Sophia! I plan on getting around to that particular story soon enough myself and am excited to finally read something Tolkien that’s written in a way that’s more like conventional fictional stories hahah! Thanks for stopping by, Sophia. 🙂


  3. I’m never able to keep up with all these special days. Seems there’s a day for just about everything. But it’s great to see we have one (or are there others) for Tolkien. I’ve been considering what I’ll read next. I think I’ll go through the latest version of the audiobooks of LotR, then perhaps reread The Silmarillion, and then perhaps start my way through all the others I’ve collected but not finished. I don’t have the Pictures book. How is it so far?

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    1. There’s a good chance that I won’t remember this day next year unless I already put it down in my calendar or something hahah It was a pure coincidence when I discovered its existence a couple of days before this post and thought I might as well post this on that day. I think you’ve got a great plan, and, honestly, anytime you do decide to read Tolkien, you’ve clearly made a good decision in my books. 😀

      I finished it the same day I started it (it’s quite short and with little text by Christopher Tolkien) and I enjoyed it thoroughly. As long as you know what you’re going into, I found it intriguing to see how J.R.R. Tolkien drew and conceived parts of his world. Even if it’s not insanely artistic, I can’t say I can even achieve half of the cool drawings he’s done hahah


  4. I honestly have a hard time reading his books. I love the movie, I love the universe but I don’t know why, it took me three times to finally finish LOTR!

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  5. I didn’t know about Tolkien Reading Day until I started blogging. I do need to get the new book that just came out. I love the look of that Pictures book. I have the Ballantine (70s? 80s?) versions of the Lord of the Rings and for the longest time didn’t realize those were HIS illustrations. I never particularly liked them compared to some of the more expressive art but they’ve grown on me… especially Fellowship with his version of Shire.

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  6. File this under trivia…….This just popped up on my FB feed from University of California, Irvine…😍

    “ UC Irvine is quite possibly the only university in the world with a housing community inspired by the mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien. The grand entrance that leads to Middle Earth Towers (opened fall, 2019) features an “Elvish” inscription that translates to: “Speak friend and enter” from Lord of the Rings. “

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  7. I’m new to reading all things Tolkien and only heard about this the day before. By coincidence I was (and still am) reading The Two Towers, so I was able to participate. I’m going to watch the film once I’ve finished the book before I move on to the last in the trilogy.

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    1. I haven’t picked up any book about Tolkien or his work yet but I would love to do so once I get through other stuff I got lined up hahaha It was a pure coincidence that I even learned about this particular day too and would normally completely skip without knowing hahah! Thanks for dropping by, Eustacia! 😀

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  8. I found out about this day a few years ago on the Pages Unbound book blog. They post quite a bit of Tolkien content. I always intend to read Tolkien on this day, but I always forget. I’m going to go right now and put it on my calendar for next year. 🙂

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