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March 25, 2013 | by


Since 2003, the Tolkien Society has celebrated Tolkien Reading Day on March 25. Why today, which is neither Tolkien’s birthday, nor Bilbo’s, nor Frodo’s? The answer will be obvious to regular observers of the holiday: March 25 marks the downfall of Sauron.




  1. Moochie | March 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Professor Tolkien, who was a Catholic Christian, specifically chose March 25th as date for the destruction of the One Ring in The Lord of the Rings because it’s the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated, the day the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary and announced that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God, Jesus Christ. The day Light entered the world.

  2. Olivier | March 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Another March 25 fun fact: because Annunciation or Lady Day marks the beginning of Jesus’ life, it was the official beginning of the civil year in England until 1751.

    And another: some early neoplatonist Christians reasoned that since Christ was, they beleived, crucified on March 25, he must have been conceived that day as well. The date of Christmas was calculated by adding nine months to March 25. Unlike the old Saturnalia theory of Christmas’ origin, this theory actually has documentary evidence.

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