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J. R. R. Tolkien Fans Celebrate 125th Birthday With a Global Toast

To celebrate Tolkien's twelfthty-fifth (125th) birthday on 3 January 2017, the Tolkien Society invites all Tolkien fans to raise a toast to the Professor.

Fans are encouraged to share what they'll be drinking and post pictures on social media using #TolkienBirthdayToast.

The Toast

After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo toasted his uncle's birthday each year on 22 September.

J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein on 3 January 1892, and fans are invited to celebrate the birthday of this much loved author by raising a glass at 9pm local time.

The toast is simply:

The Professor!

All you need to do is 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.

Many members of the Tolkien Society meet on 3 January to celebrate Tolkien's birthday together. All are welcome, so check the map here.

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