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The 2011 TS Seminar has been announced as being at Bar Convent, York on the 30th July 2011.

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End of an era

 The Tolkien Society has a new Publicity Officer!

Ian Collier, TS Publicity Officer 1998-2010, has been very kindly offered the chance to let someone new, young, keen, and creative have a bash at publicising the Tolkien Society and its news and events and they'll be along here to introduce themselves to you and tell you about TS events and suchlike news in the future.

Those of you wanting to know about the Tolkien Society its membership and its events, or to obtain TS bookmarks, postcards, leaflets and Tolkien Reading Day posters for shops, libraries, schools, cafes, or cinemas please get in touch with publicity AT tolkiensociety DOT org

And don't forget to raise a glass at 9pm (where you are) and Toast "The Professor"

The toast is “The Professor”

Tolkien Birthday Toast!

At 9pm (local times) on January 3rd fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday



Tolkien Birthday Toast 2011


3rd January 2011

The toast is “The Professor”

Tolkien Birthday Toast!

At 9pm (local times) on January 3rd fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday

The Tolkien Society has some webpages


where fans across the globe can let other fans know where they’ll be celebrating if they’re hosting a party, or just what particular tipple they’ll be raising. Fans will be able to check the webpage and see who is celebrating where and if they wish to get in touch and join in.

This news can also be found on Facebook where there is also an event page

The Birthday Toast event should be understood to consist of the saying of the toast and a drink (not necessarily alcoholic) of an individual's choice. The information posted by anybody on the Birthday Toast web pages will not be sold or passed on to any third party (outside of the context of the web pages and the ‘Birthday Toast’ event). Further details can be found at the website above.

The organisers do not condone drinking alcohol if it endangers the health or safety of the drinker or others, or contravenes the law.

The Tolkien Society wishes you all a Merry Yule!


The day time events for this Oxonmoot include some stalwarts (the Quiz, slideshow, Merry & Pippin's Dance Workshop, beer, the ITF meeting) but also talks that in places are in 3 streams. Speakers include Dimitra Fimi, Charles Bressler, and Angie Gardner. Plus we have the film "Born of Hope" being shown with a Q&A session after.

Note bookings close 3rd Sept! And gremlins mean that online bookings are down so email or post your form (PDF available on website)

A very busy weekend!

Tolkien fans can find 4 events to go to this very busy weekend.

+ Festival in the Shire in Wales (http://www.festivalintheshire.com/).

+ Edge of the Wild in Moreton-in-Marsh (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edge-of-the-Wild-Tolkien-Art-Exhibition-Moreton-in-Marsh-Summer-2010/296358943709).

+ Heren Istarion's Summer Harvest Picnic in Staten Island, NY US (http://herenistarionnets.blogspot.com/p/upcoming-events.html).

+ Tolkien Moot 2010 in Spokane, WA USA (http://www.tolkienmoot.org/).

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we must inform TS members and other friends that Zainab Thorp well known for her Sindarin lessons at Tolkien Weekends and Fellowship Festivals, including "How to chat up an elf", passed away in the early hours of Friday 6th.

Summer Events

Next weekend sees two events for Tolkien fans in Britain, and one in New York, USA. Travelling to them may still be an option for some of you in other countries.

Festival in the Shire

In Wales there is the Festival in the Shire. This event runs 13th-15th August and is a three-in-one event comprising:

a) A three-day academic conference entitled “Welsh influences on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien” (featuring Tom Shippey, Colin Duriez, John Garth, Corey Olsen, Alex Lewis, Colin Manlove, Dr. Dimitra Fimi, and Verlyn Flieger).

b) A fan event for collectors of Tolkien’s books, collectibles, and Tolkien inspired art (including the works of Rodney Matthews, Paul Raymond Gregory, Roger Garland, Peter Pracownik, Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Stephen Walsh, Sue Wookey, Ivan Cavini and Jon Evans).

c) A summer fair celebrating themes inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy in general. By holding three separate events in one this three-day festival should offer something to all types of Tolkien fan their families and children.

Pre-booking is cheaper than on the door and there are several types of ticket available.

Tolkien Society members get 10% off or 20% off for 5 or more people as a group (use code TS2010).

Heren Istarion Summer Picnic

We are one week away from the Northeast Tolkien Society's Summer Harvest Picnic!!. On Sunday, August 15th, from 1pm-5pm at The Conference House Great Lawn, 298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, NY 10307, USA. As the organisers put it "Understandably some of you will be away at the Festival in the Shire event taking place across the great pond, but if you are not we hope to see you next week!"

Edge of the Wild

Running 13th-16th August Edge of the Wild is a Tolkien-inspired Art Exhibition. Ideal for for those with limited funds, or who are more interested in art than academia, the free entry exhibition features works by Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Jef Murray and Peter Pracownik, presentations, a display of eagles, plus a 1912 Tolkien original piece of art.

Oxonmoot 2010!

Oxonmoot 2010


or, "Let's meet in Oxford in September"

24th - 26th September, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

A weekend of Talking Tolkien, friendship and Fellowship, academic talks and papers, a fiendish quiz, an Art Show, Merry & Pippin’s Dance Workshop, a Dealers’ Room, and Enyalië (act of remembrance at Tolkien’s grave).

Oxonmoot is the special event of the Tolkien Society year held on a weekend close to Bilbo & Frodo's birthdays in an Oxford college. There is a range of activities such as academic talks & papers, workshops (see the Call for Papers below if you wish to offer something), new/second-hand and rare book dealers, an art show (with professional and amateur works), plus a quiet area where you can drink tea, fill up the corners and chat with old or new friends. Of course there is also a party including a masquerade (costume is optional) and entertainments. It is a great time for making new friends in the Society. On Sunday there is a wreath laying and short act of remembrance, Enyalië, at Tolkien’s grave.

Registration Rates:

£28 (members) or £33 (non-members), reduced rates for under-16s

up to 31st July
(add £7.50 to each rate thereafter)

Accommodation and meals available within Lady Margaret Hall College separately

(see booking form for details)


Last date for advance bookings (registration, accommodation, and meals):
3rd September ‘10

 As noted above rates rise after 31st July, day rates may be available later.

E-mail enquiries: bookings AT tolkiensociety DOT org


Call for papers

If you wish to present a paper, chair a discussion, run a workshop, or otherwise educate and entertain your fellow Tolkien fans during the day, please contact dte AT Oxonmoot DOT org

Closing date for papers etc is 14th August ‘10

 The Tolkien Society is an organisation which contracts with Lady Margaret Hall for the use of facilities, but has no formal connection with The University of Oxford

The Middle-earth Weekend

MeWe 2010 Mariner
The Mariner:

Sailing Around Middle-Earth

Sarehole Mill

15th & 16th May 2010

 Sarehole Mill and Recreation Ground, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, BIRMINGHAM

 This year’s Middle-earth Weekend has the theme of the Mariner to tie in with the International Maritime Organization’s Year of the Seafarer. Although Sarehole itself is landlocked and hobbits had a fear of boats Tolkien’s ‘Shire’ for which Sarehole was an inspiration was bordered by the elven towers at the outskirts of the Grey Havens from where the elves would sail West to Valinor. A story that links the earliest ages of Middle-earth with “The Lord of the Rings” is the tale of Eärendil the Mariner.

 Since the first “Fun At Mill!” Tolkien Weekend in 2000 events at Sarehole Mill have focused on Tolkien’s life and local connections, the local environment and ecology, and the history of the area around the Mill, Moseley Bog, and the River Cole Valley which are all now part of the Shire Country Park. The weekend’s programme runs from 11am to 5pm each day and information on how to get there can be found on the event’s own dedicated website:


Around 10,000 visitors come to see this historic working mill and the fair on the green behind it; all sorts of people, not just Tolkien fans, rub shoulders enjoying the stalls and displays. The Tolkien Society will have a display in the Mill, which should be running, and there will also be displays from local and national groups, a range of sideshows, various dramatic presentations, a telling of the Voyage of Eärendil, demonstrations, readings, poetry, costume displays, songs, Vikings, birds of prey, displays from a food historian, Morris Dancing, and fine things to buy.