On March 25th in the year 3019 of the Third Age of the Sun, the Dark Lord Sauron was overthrown, the foundations of his dark tower Barad-Dûr crumbled to dust, and he passed to join his master in the void until the breaking of the world.
Today, we that choose to do so celebrate a great many things. We celebrate the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, first and foremost, but there’s more than that on the table.
We celebrate this work of fiction, not to be filed away as “escapist fantasy,” but as it was meant to be received: a saga in the vein of those great works of our history, akin to that of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, and the Volsungs; one more interpretation of what came before, providing a new lens through which to admire and love the world we’ve inherited.
We celebrate the incredible ability to see, touch, and tell of things beyond the tangible––not to escape or corrupt the world around us, but to illuminate, explain, and enhance it.
We celebrate all things green and growing, and remember that our role is not that of the master, but of the steward.
We celebrate friends, family, and hope.
Happy Tolkien Day!