J.R.R. Tolkien Day

J.R.R. Tolkien Day is observed next on Friday, January 3rd, 2025 (205 days from today).

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If you're a fan of the high fantasy genre of books and movies, you've almost certainly heard the name of its "father" - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J. R. R. Tolkien). He was born in 1892 in England and died in 1973. Tolkien is the author of The Lord of the Rings - the flagship for most of the fantasy genre works later.

Perhaps fans will be a little overwhelmed to learn that a massive mythological system of which the Lord of the Rings is only a part was created by only one person: a Catholic, a teacher, philologist, a man of great imagination, a famous English writer, a wise man, a knight awarded by Queen Elizabeth II, and above all a man who yearned for peace jar.

That's why January 3 - the birthday of J.R.R Tolkien, people are encouraged to hold a small festival to commemorate this multi-talented author and January 3 every year also known as J.R.R Tolkien Day

History of J.R.R Tolkien Day

In 1914, England was dragged into World War I. A year later, Tolkien enlisted in the army and was "stuck" into a life he didn't want: fear, boredom, tired of contradictions, conflict between life and death, evil but still have to move on because of a compelling mission.

Once war breaks out, even the most peaceful lands will be devastated. Tolkien's fear is very real and he is forced to enter the war he fears and hates, in order to protect the things he loves. That is also the biggest motivation of Hobbit heroes in his works.

In Tolkien's words, he didn't like historical fables, he didn't like "implicit" or "implicit" things, just letting things flow as the stories were told. Therefore, he is seen as a great storyteller, leaving behind a treasure trove of value in modern mythological and fantasy literature. Many people believe that when reading Tolkien's works, they should be received in the most gentle, simple and natural way.

Before Tolkien, many writers also wrote about wonderful and miraculous lands in their works, such as Lewis Carroll with Alice in Wonderland. However, J. R. R. Tolkien has made a turning point in the genre, by creating a world like no other. The Middle Earth world in Lord of the Rings is not built as quickly as in previous fantasy works.

In contrast, Tolkien used his vast imagination to create a completely fictional world, but specific to each region and place, possessing a history no less than the real world. And above all, he created creatures, mythical species, inspired by world myths, but also gave them unique characteristics such as God (Valla), Angel (Maia), Elves, dwarves, mortals and hobbits.

His work is so large and impressive that the word "fantasy" is no longer appropriate. And so a new genre - "high fantasy" was born, paving the way for the author and many other hit works such as Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis), Eragon - The Boy ride a dragon (Christopher Paolini) or Game of Thrones (George RR Martin).

After J. R. R. Tolkien's death, his son Christopher Tolkien gathered his father's endless richness to publish The Silmarillion - a collection of stories from the ancient times of Middle-earth. This trio of works, so far, is still considered a classic in the world literary treasure. In 2000, Lord of the Rings was turned into a movie, making a big splash when it made a great milestone in the history of Hollywood cinema.

After 60 years, the Tolkien association has honored Tolkien’s birthday as January 3, 1892, as J.R.R Tolkien's day of remembrance.

How to celebrate J.R.R Tolkien Day

To celebrate J.R.R Tolkien Day, bring your friends to a small party with hobbit-style toast. Or choose from some of the following menus

Pancakes with Butter and Jam: Sara Kate's Irish Pies are a beautiful alternative to traditional pies.

Cheese and Bread: I bought a rustic whole-wheat loaf and some crisp Cheddar.

Mushroom pies

Boiled potatoes

Salad with herbs and boiled eggs

Grilled chicken and pickles: Both bought.

Lemon poppies cake lets

Mincemeat handier: Adapted from the Eco Spear cake.


J.R.R. Tolkien Day has been observed annually on January 3rd.


Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024

Friday, January 3rd, 2025

Saturday, January 3rd, 2026

Sunday, January 3rd, 2027

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