J.R.R Tolkien circa 1916

On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world were invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author 21:00 (9 pm) your local time.

The toast is “The Professor”.

For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies:

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.

Professor Tolkien is of course, known for two of his most famous literary works, The Hobbit, and The Lord Of The Rings.


  • Tolkien Society Official Site
  • Tolkien on Wikipedia
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Due out December 2012)