Events that occurred on 3 January.
 On Earth
- 1892 - J.R.R. Tolkien is born.
- 1913 - Tolkien contacts Edith Bratt, who subsequently breaks off her engagement with another man.
- 1972 - The Tolkien Society wishes J.R.R. Tolkien a happy 80th birthday in The Times.
- 1972 - The Tolkien Society sends Tolkien a jar of tobacco as a birthday present.
- 1992 - In the centennial year, Suomen Tolkien-seura ry. (the Finnish Tolkien Society, since 2012 Suomen Tolkien-seura Kontu ry., the Finnish Tolkien Society Kontu) is founded.
- 1993 - The Danish Tolkien Society, Imladris is founded.
- 2001 - The Peruvian Tolkien Society is founded.
- 2014 - Saul Zaentz dies.
- Every year - The Tolkien Society's Birthday Toast.