Hope and Courage: Tolkien Reading Day 25th March 2021

Headshot of Luke Shelton's face smiling , he is wearing a blue shirt.
Image credit Luke Shelton

My name is Luke Shelton and I have been a fan of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien for a long time.

I started as a young reader of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and after University I just kept coming back to the books. That’s the main reason why I chose to make them a central part of my PhD research!

I also run the Tolkien Experience Project and Tolkien Experience Podcast – alongside Sara Brown. I currently serve as the Editor-in-chief for Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society.

Now that my PhD is finished and am able to dedicate more of my time and energy into events, my passions haven’t changed. That is why I am so delighted to be able to co-host Tolkien Reading Day this year!

A copy of the Lord of the Rings open at the title page, surrounded by fairy lights, a mug of tea, autumn leaves, and a pair of glasses. Image credit Madalena Dalezieu
Image credit Madalena Dalezieu

Each year, Tolkien Reading Day (TRD) is held on the 25th of March. The purpose of the event is to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages.

Because last year was such a difficult time for many, we decided that we wanted to use TRD as a source of inspiration. Therefore, the theme of Tolkien Reading Day for 2021 is Hope and Courage.

This year, the Tolkien Society have coupled with the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic to host several online events for Tolkien Reading Day!

JRR Tolkien holding a blue book in front of book cases. Image credit The Tolkien Society
Image credit The Tolkien Society

We are working together to create engaging and interactive social media throughout March. Then, we will come together on the 25th of March, when the Centre will be hosting three Zoom meetings for readers around the world to share their favourite passages and react to the passages shared by others.

So why bring this to the attention of Glasgow in 2024 Worldcon bid supporters?
Worldcons are made up of the fans that support them, and that is the driving belief behind this Tolkien Reading Day. That fans from all backgrounds, disciplines, and languages, can come together and share their passion, inspiring each other through mediums of Middle-earth and Zoom.

Does this sound like fun? Do you want to be involved? As a fellow fan, I would love for you to be involved! Here are the best ways to join in the fun:

Follow the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and the Tolkien Society on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Watch out for posts throughout the month!

Share your stories, comments, and photos on any social media platform and use the hashtag #TolkienReadingDay2021. Most of all, we’d love to see videos of you reading!

If you want to attend a Zoom session on March 25th, there are three opportunities. With sessions in the morning, midday, and evening (UK time): hopefully there is an event at a time that matches everyone’s time zone. Please use these Eventbrite links to register for your preferred session! (Please note that the times shown on the Eventbrite pages automatically sync to your time zone.)

Register for the Morning Session

Register for the Midday Session

Register for the Evening Session

For more information about Tolkien Reading Day, you can visit the Tolkien Society Website!

Banner Image of the Title for the Tolkien Reading Day and JRR Tolkien Image
Image credit The Centre for Fantasy and The Fantastic


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