Get Absorbed in Middle-Earth on Tolkien Reading Day

The Tolkien Society chose March 25 for Tolkien Reading Day because it marks the fall of Sauron, The Lord of the Rings’ main antagonist. Grab your favorite J.R.R. book, find a nice nook or cranny, and get absorbed in Middle-earth. Or, better yet, find other Tolkien fans (they’re everywhere) for a little group-reading activity. Some HPB stores even have Tolkien Reading Day events that can help you make that happen.

If you don’t own any Tolkien books, you can probably find some at your local HPB—hardback, paperback and in-between. And if you’re looking for something that can be a “Tolkien of appreciation,” you could consider these treasures:

The Hobbit
Our Appleton, Wisconsin, store recently acquired an eighth impression of this classic. It’s in Very Good Plus condition. $600.

Hobbit1 (2)

The Lord of the Rings
Houghton Mifflin, 1965. Second Edition. Three-volume set in slipcase: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. $150. Available at our Flagship store in Dallas, Texas.

LOTR box set 1

You also may remember the one-of-a-kind signed and inscribed edition that graces our Mentor, Ohio, location. It’s not too late!



If you’re into role-playing games, our Redmond, Washington, location just got in a real trove of LOTR-related games, ranging in price from $15 to $80. They were part of a very large buy of out-of-print role-playing game modules that included Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft, Gammaworld, GreyHawk, Battletech, Marvel Universe and more. Store Inventory Merchandiser Nicole Branche says the assortment “is a Dungeon Master’s dream come true.”

Middle Earth RPG

The Redmond store also has this hefty pair o’ tomes, for everything you ever wanted to know about the man and his works:
J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond
Houghton Mifflin/ Harcourt, 2006. Two-volume boxed set (Chronology & Reader’s Guide) in slipcase.

Tolkien Guide

And to really be up on talkin’ Tolkien, you’re going to want to have:
The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Ruth S. Noel
Houghton Mifflin, 1980. First Edition. Very Good Plus. Book is in Near Fine condition; the dust jacket has minor closed tears, minor chipping to spine, and a crease to top of rear panel. $100. Available at our Flagship store in Dallas, Texas.


If you’re interested in finding out more about any of these items, contact the Buy Guy.


2 thoughts on “Get Absorbed in Middle-Earth on Tolkien Reading Day

  1. March 25 is also the feast of the Annunciation, when God joins himself to the human race in the womb of the virgin Mary. March 25 begins the defeat of evil in our world, and so Tolkien chose that day for the death of Sauron.

    This year, March 25 is also Good Friday, another decisive event in the war against evil. It is a rare occurrence that both holy days fall on the same day. See John Donne’s poem about it at

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