Lesson Ideas for Tolkein Reading Day


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What is J.R.R. Tolkien Reading Day?

The J.R.R. Tolkien Day is an annual reading day held on Wednesday 25th March. The purpose of this day is to encourage the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Who was J.R.R. Tolkien?

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was his full name and he was an English writer, poet and university professor. His most successful books were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The Tolkien Society give a theme for the day each year. 

Why is this day always held on the 25th March?

The Lord of the Rings (Sauron) falls from power on this day in the last Lord of the Ring book.

Suggested Reading Ages for The Hobbit

6 - 8 years read aloud

8 years plus read alone. The movie is rated 12.

Suggested Reading Ages for The Lord of the Rings

11 years plus

The movie is rated 12.

Lesson Ideas

> Read Aloud sections of The Hobbit

> Learn about the main characters in The Hobbit

  • Smaug (Dragon)
  • Bilbo Baggins (Hobbit)
  • Thorin Oakenshield (Hobbit)
  • Gandalf (Wizard)
  • Thranduil (Elf)
  • Gollum (Creature)
  • The Necromancer (Sauron)
  • Beorn (Bear Man)

> Dress up as a hobbit character

> Draw your own character and write a sentence about what is special about them, what powers they have?

> Puzzles

A printable wordsearch can be found here

For more information on the Tolkien Society click here