Rejoice: On This Day In 3019, The One Ring And Sauron Were Destroyed In Middle-earth

March 25 is a significant day in Middle-earth history, and not only for the destroying of the One Ring.


March 25 is a special day in the Lord of the Rings universe. It was on March 25, in the year 3019 of the Third Age, that The One Ring and Sauron were destroyed at Mt. Doom. Frodo's perilous journey began the prior September, and he struggled for months to bring the Ring to Mordor and eventually cast it into the fire from whence it came.

What actually happened was Gollum stole the ring again from Frodo, but he fell into the Cracks of Doom, thus destroying the Ring and ridding Middle-earth of the great terror.

The internet is celebrating this momentous Middle-earth memory. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt marked the Gondorian New Year, as it's known, with a tweet featuring an image of the white tree of Gondor. Plenty of other people on Twitter and across social media are celebrating the occasion as well.

Tolkien, who was Christian, likely did not randomly choose March 25 for such an important day in Middle-earth history. March 25 is also known in religious circles to be the day of creation, when God decreed, "Let there be light."

Another important event that happened in Middle-earth on March 25 was the birth of Elanor the Fair, the daughter of Samwise Gamgee and Rosie Cotton. In giving Elanor this birthday, Tolkien is seemingly discussing life and death coming full circle.

You can read more about important Middle-earth events for March 25 on Tolkien Gateway.

As it happens, Daedalic will announce more details on its new game, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum later today during the Future Games Show, and it's probably no coincidence this is happening on March 25.

The Gollum game is not the only new Lord of the Rings title in the works, as Amazon is developing a new free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO. Additionally, The Lord of the Rings Online is reportedly coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in the future.

Outside of games, Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series continues production, just recently bringing on Doctor Who and Preacher director Wayne Che Yip.

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