JRR Tolkien Day 2023 is an annual celebration of the life and works of one of the greatest fantasy authors of all time – JRR Tolkien. On January 3, 2023, fans across the United States are invited to join in this day of appreciation for his literary legacy. From exploring Middle-earth to discovering the magical creatures that populate it, there’s something for everyone on this special day. Whether you’re an avid reader or a movie fan, let’s take a moment to remember why we love this beloved author so much and how he has enriched our lives over the years.
What is JRR Tolkien Day?
JRR Tolkien day is celebrated on the anniversary of the author’s birth, January 3rd. On this day, fans around the world celebrate the life and works of one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century. Tolkien’s books, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. His stories have been adapted for film, television, and stage, and his legacy continues to influence new generations of writers and artists.
The History of JRR Tolkien Day
January 3 marks JRR Tolkien Day in the United States, commemorating the great author and creator of Middle-earth on the day of his birth.
Tolkien was born in 1892 in South Africa, but his family moved back to England when he was just three years old. He grew up in the Midlands, near Birmingham, and attended school at King Edward’s in Birmingham, before going on to study at Exeter College, Oxford.
While at Oxford, Tolkien met CS Lewis – another great author who would go on to write The Chronicles of Narnia. The two became close friends and had many long conversations about mythology and storytelling. It was during these talks that Tolkien began developing the world of Middle-earth, which would eventually become the setting for his most famous books: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
After graduating from Oxford, Tolkien served as a lieutenant in the British Army during World War I, before returning to academia. He took up a post as a professor at the University of Leeds, before moving back to Oxford in 1925. He remained there for the rest of his life, working as a professor of Anglo-Saxon language and literature.
In addition to his academic work, Tolkien also continued to develop Middle-earth, writing detailed histories and creating whole new languages for his fantasy world. His efforts culminated in the publication of The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings trilogy between 1954 and 1955.
How to celebrate JRR Tolkien Day
JRR Tolkien Day is celebrated every year on January 3rd, the date of Tolkien’s birth. The day is a time to celebrate the life and work of one of the most influential authors of the twentieth century.
There are many ways to celebrate JRR Tolkien Day. Here are some ideas:
1) Read one of Tolkien’s books. If you haven’t read any of his work, start with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings.
2) Watch one of the movies based on his books. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films are some of the most popular adaptations of Tolkien’s work.
3) Learn about Tolkien’s life. Read a biography or watch a documentary about him. This will help you understand more about his work and how it was influenced by his life experiences.
4) Share your love of Tolkien with others. Talk to your friends and family about why you enjoy his books or films. Recommend your favorite works to others who have not yet experienced them.
5) Dress up as your favorite character from his books or films. This is a fun way to show your fandom and get into the spirit of JRR Tolkien Day!
6) Attend a JRR Tolkien Day event. Many cities around the world host events on this day where fans can gather to celebrate all things Tolkien. Check online to see if there is an event happening near you.
JRR Tolkien Quotes
“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size). I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cookery; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats. I am fond of mushrooms (out of a field); have a very simple sense of humour (which even my appreciative critics find tiresome); I go to bed late and get up late.”
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
JRR Tolkien Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of the world’s most beloved authors and his incredible works. We hope this article has helped you learn more about why January 3rd is celebrated as JRR Tolkien day and how you can make the most out of it, whether that be through reading some of his books or taking part in events held in honor of him. Let us join together on January 3rd 2023 U.S., to remember and appreciate all that JRR Tolkien has done for literature and fantasy!
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