Every year on March 25, the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, the Tolkien Society hosts Tolkien Reading Day. This year’s theme is Nature and Industry. The primary goal is to promote the reading of the works of J.R R. Tolkien! To celebrate, Pages Unbound will be hosting two weeks of Tolkien-related posts. In addition to our own thoughts, we will be featuring a number of guest posts!
Add up the points you earn from the actions below, then check the results to see how obsessed you are!
+1 point if you own copies of the books
+1 point if you have read the books more than twice
+1 point if you have listened to the audiobooks
+2 points if you own more than one edition of the LotR
+2 points if you have actually read the appendices (most of them, if not all)
+2 points if you can recite at least one poem from the book
+3 points if you own books about The Lord of the Rings
+3 points if you’ve read another book because of Tolkien (ex. Beowulf)
+5 points if you read LotR annually
+1 point if you have seen the movies
+1 point if you saw any of the movies in theatres
+2 points if you own the movies
+2 points if you own more than one version of the movies (ex. extended editions)
+2 points if you ever watched all three movies in a marathon
+2 points if you watched the extra material like cast interviews
+2 points if you own this year’s Tolkien calendar
+2 points if you own LotR stationery (bookmarks, notebooks, pens, etc.)
+2 points if you own LotR plushies, pillows, or tapestries
+2 points if you own a LotR Funko
+2 points if you own the soundtracks
+2 points if you a own LotR board game
+3 points if you own LotR jewelry
+5 points if you own any “large” merchandise (ex. replica swords)
+2 points if you own some other type of merchandise
+2 points if you have written a blog post about LotR that is not a book/movie review
+3 points if you have written LotR fanfiction
+3 points if you have written an academic paper about Tolkien
+1 point if you’re touchy about the pronunciation of Tolkien’s name
+2 points if you follow any Tolkien-related social media accounts
+2 points if you’ve taken LotR-related personality or trivia quizzes
+2 points if you have a Tolkien-related autograph
+2 points if you’ve ever made a Tolkien-related craft
+2 points if you have attended a Tolkien-themed event
+2 points if you’ve named a pet after a LotR character
+2 points if you have any LotR-related screennames/emails
+3 points if you have thrown a Tolkien-themed party
+3 points if you’ve gone to a Tolkien exhibit at a museum
+3 points if you have a Tolkien tattoo
+3 points if you have cooked LotR-related food
+5 points if you have ever dressed up as a LotR character
+5 points if you’ve named a child after a LotR character
+5 points if you run a Tolkien-related social media account/podcast/web site
+7 points if you know Elvish
+7 points if you are literally a Tolkien scholar
+2 points if you have some LotR-related skill not mentioned here
0-10 points: You are not obsessed at all. You might have read the books or seen the movies, but that’s where where your interest ends.
11-20: You’re not obsessed, but you like LotR. You probably have some merchandise and really enjoy LotR as a story.
21-35: You’re starting to get obsessed. You have more than a passing interest in LotR and can probably share some fun facts about the books and movies.
36-50: You’re a big fan. Your friends know you love LotR and can count on you to get second breakfast with them any time.
51-65 points: You’re a super fan. You’re serious in your interest in Tolkien; you probably know a lot about his work and own a decent amount of merchandise. However, there’s still room for your obsession to grow.
66+ points: You are completed obsessed. You probably run a web site completely devoted to Tolkien and know Elvish. You are the go-to person for all things LotR.