March 25th


TOLKIEN READING DAY – in honour of Tolkien Reading Day, I learned a new word.  The word is philologist.  J.R.R Tolkien was an English writer, poet, professor and yes, a philologist.

Philology is the study of language from historical sources such as written records and historical texts.  It is used specifically to determine authenticity and meaning from historical writings.

Tolkien Reading Day was designated by The Tolkien Society as a day to gather and share favourite passages from any of Tolkien’s works. The 25th of March is the date of the downfall of the Lord of the Rings (Sauron) and the fall of Barad-dûr.

My favourite Tolkien book was my first, the Hobbit.  However, my favourite poem is from the Lord of the RIngs:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

Enjoy reading Tolkien classics today!


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