Event News from Tolkien Society
- Hi,I'm sure no one here needs encouragement to read Tolkien, but news from the Tolkien Society below just in case!John
25th March is Tolkien Reading Day!
Tolkien Reading Day was set up to encourage people to get together and explore some of Tolkiens stories at school, university, in reading groups, or as a family; the theme for 2010 is
Reading Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to read together and share their thoughts about the story. As 2010 is the International Maritime Organizations Year of the Seafarer the theme chosen gives people a chance to read and think about exploring the undercurrents in the Numenorean romance the Tale of Aldarion and Erendis from Unfinished Tales, the journeys and ships of the Teleri, the flight of the Noldor, and the voyages of Tuor and Earendil in The Silmarillion, or Bilbos poem about the latter in LotR. There are also the poems The Happy Mariners and at a pinch Bombadil Goes Boating.
Ideas for exploring Tolkiens books together are available online
J.R.R. Tolkiens books appeal to all ages and readers worldwide find pleasure, entertainment and deep significance in his work.
Reading together is fun, for both children and adults, and reading on a theme stimulates good conversation and vocabulary development. There is much more to Tolkien than The Lord of the Rings though as the list above shows. Families or library reading groups can enjoy these stories and poems or for the younger readers there are the travels and travails of the dog Roverandom which include a journey under the sea.
Schools can contact the Society for education packs, bookmarks and posters. Members of the public, libraries, or reading groups wishing to hold an event near to rather than on the 25th can contact the Society for free posters to help with publicising their event.
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Launched in 2003 the reading day event has sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages from Primary schoolchildren to University students and library users of all ages. Hence the circulation of this release to the media, educational press and county library services. 25th March has significance to Tolkiens readers, as it is the day of the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the War of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings.
- I'd go with "The Sea-Bell", myself. Or perhaps "AElfwine of England (from The Book of Lost Tales, part II). I don't suppose there's anyone out there who, finding "The Mariner's Wife" too cheery, wd give "The White Ark" (from A Secret Vice) a try?--John R.