National Tolkien Reading Day

12. isn't an adventureNow this is a holiday I can get into–it ranks right up there with Tell a Fairy Tale Day in my book. It was chosen because it was on this very day, March 25th, that Frodo dropped the ring into Mount Doom. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tolkien was a huge influence on me as a teenager. My home life hadn’t been happy, and it all seemed to come to a head in junior high and high school. Books were my favorite escape, and nothing could touch The Lord of the Rings. The first time I read it, I did the classic carrying it with me from room to room, bumping into things because I wouldn’t put it down.

But LOTR has been more to me than a book I read long ago.ย It’s one of the few books I reread almost every year, and each time it seems like the book has grown, too. There’s always a little more Professor Tolkien can teach me. Now that’s powerful writing.

15. Courage unlikely places

I’m posting some of my favorite quotes here, but please feel free to tell me some of yours. Or your favorite scenes or characters. Or especially if Tolkien’s work touched your heart in some special way.

In the meantime–read on. It’s the perfect day to read a little Tolkien. ๐Ÿ™‚

13. follow light unflinchingly

21. the road ahead

22. wind under wings


19. world full peril

23. faithless say farewell

10. Journey's end I lie

Avid writer and reader of Faerie tales and noblebright fantasy.

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20 comments on “National Tolkien Reading Day
  1. balroop2013 says:

    What an inspiring post Cathleen! Love all those quotes…my favorite one is…where the sun sails…so poetic! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. kiwinana says:

    Nice selection of Quotes, I enjoyed reading them. Thanks.

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  3. Shannon says:

    These are some great quotes! I was the same way with The Lord of the Rings when I was younger, and I still enjoy reading them over and over!

    Iโ€™ve never heard of Tell a Fairy Tale Day! Iโ€™ll have to look that up! โ˜บ๏ธ

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  4. Josh Glover says:

    A great post and some wonderful quotes, thanks for sharing!

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    • Thanks for popping in, Josh. I’ve had a stern word with the sprites inhabiting WordPress, and they swear you won’t have any more comment trouble again. Now we’ll just have to see if we can trust the little guys…


  5. Tolkien is quite the inspiration! Love your memes, Cathleen! I too love the one “where the sun sails and moon walks” ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I had no idea there was this day. Very interesting.

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  7. Clearly this day is prominent in South Africa as my son hasn’t mentioned it. He is Tolkien crazy and has read Lord of the Rings three times already.

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    • Jacqui and Robbie–it’s an obscure holiday, but it might only be US. That’s okay. I celebrate the British National Poetry Day on Twitter along with the American one. These things are mostly for fun, anyway. Even I wouldn’t give someone the day off for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. This is something that we share, Cathleen. Tolkien had a huge impact on me as a young teenager. Here is one of my favorite quotes from Gandalf: “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

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  9. There’s nothing like a story that speaks to us through all the different stages of our lives. I wonder if artists like Tolkien knew how immeasurably impactful their words and stories have been…?

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  10. “Thereโ€™s always a little more Professor Tolkien can teach me. Now thatโ€™s powerful writing.” Powerful indeed.

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