J.R.R. Tolkien fans to toast ‘The Professor’ on his 124th birthday

By Allison Keyes

WASHINGTON — From Vienna to Israel, from New Orleans to Hollywood, people all over the world are toasting the 124th birthday of author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Whether you’ve read his famous books, “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings” series, or have seen the epic movie versions, his visions of good vs. evil, and the consequences of too much power, have enchanted audiences of all ages.

Tolkien was born in South Africa on Jan. 3, 1892 and began working on “The Hobbit” in the 1930s.

The Tolkien Society is asking people all around the globe to raise a glass to toast his birthday. One can just simply say, “The Professor,” then take a sip of your intended beverage, or you can quote from one of his books.

In the Fellowship of the ring he wrote: “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”

The toasts are being done at 9 p.m. local time where ever you are.

The Tolkien Society is asking people to post their pictures on social media with the hashtag: #TolkienBirthdayToast.

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