Monday, March 25, 2013

March 25 - Tolkien Reading Day

On this day in history in 2003, Tolkien Reading Day was launched. This event sparked interest in reading and reading groups across several nations and ages, from primary schoolchildren to university students and library users of all ages.

March 25th is a particularly important day to Tolkien's 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.

Check out these titles by Tolkien at the library:

The book of lost tales / J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.
The fellowship of the ring: being the first part of The Lord of the rings / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The hobbit, or, There and back again / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The legend of Sigurd and GudrĂșn / by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien ; [illustrations, Bill Sanderson].
The lord of the rings, the fellowship of the ring : visual companion / Jude Fisher.
The lord of the rings official movie guide / Brian Sibley.
The return of the king : being the third part of The Lord of the rings / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Roverandom / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The two towers: being the second part of The Lord of the rings / by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Unfinished tales of Numenor and Middle-earth / by J. R. R. Tolkien ; edited with introd., commentary, index, and maps by Christopher Tolkien.
The war of the jewels : the later silmarillion, part two : the legends of Beleriand / J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.

Today is also International Day of Remembrance of the victims of Slavery and The Transatlantic, National Medal of Honor Day, Pecan Day, and Vaffeldagen (Waffle Day)!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- Sir Walter Raleigh renewed Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America in 1584
- Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism in 1811
- The Bank of New Brunswick was incorporated in 1820
- The first Workman's Compensation Act was passed in Ontario in 1886
- A Toronto magistrate fined a cab driver $2 or 10 days in jail for "driving a lady on a Sunday" in 1893
- Wilfrid Eggleston, considered the founder of journalism education in Canada, was born in Lincoln, England in 1901
- Alan Plaunt, co-founder of the Canadian Radio League in 1930, was born in Ottawa in 1904
- The supersonic jet fighter ACRO CF-105 Arrow flew for the first time in 1958
- Martin Luther King Jr. led 25 000 to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965
- Kurt Browning of Canada became the first skater to land a quadruple jump in 1986

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History"!

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