The Significance of March 25th

March 25th is Tolkien Reading Day, because it’s the date in The Return of the King when the Ring was destroyed. But have you ever wondered why Tolkien made a point of mentioning that exact date? Doesn’t the use of a modern calendar kind of throw you out of the story?

I wrote an essay about that two years ago, and since it’s late March again, it’s time to share it! But it’s also extra-special this year, because March 25th is Good Friday.

Why is that special? Well, read it and find out!

You’ll also find out why taxes are due on April 6th in England, why Dante picked March 25th to begin the story of The Divine Comedy, why medieval people believed March 25th was the first day of Creation, and why it’s not a coincidence that Tolkien picked the Feast of the Annunciation for this momentous fictional event.

Tolkien making stuff up

Basically, March 25th is awesome, and we’ve forgotten a lot of its significance in the modern era. It’s not just a Marian feast; it’s an example of how our Catholic faith used to be rooted in every aspect of society.

About Matthew Bowman

Matthew Bowman is a traditionally-minded Catholic convert and freelance science fiction and fantasy editor, which means that he's in high demand in a small population. Fortunately, he loves talking about stories. And Catholicism. And history. And philosophy. And lots of other stuff.
This entry was posted in Fantasy, Fiction, History, Resources, The Church, Tradition and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Significance of March 25th

  1. C.S. Wilde says:

    I had no idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Like

Speak now, or forever hold your comment.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s