JRR TolkienOn Jan. 3, 1892, JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, The Tolkien Society invites Tolkien fans around the world to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author at 9pm your local time.

The toast is “The Professor.” And for those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies, the Society has provided these instructions:

“To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words ‘The Professor’ before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.”

They also added this lovely little disclaimer: “The organisers do not condone drinking alcohol if it endangers the health or safety of the drinker or others, or contravenes the law.”


What: A Toast to JRR Tolkien on his birthday

Where: Wherever you like!

When: Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, 9pm

For more information: www.tolkiensociety.org/toast/2011