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Announcing Oxonmoot 2012, Celebrating 75 years of Tolkien’s The Hobbit

From our friends at the Tolkien Society: The Tolkien Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Oxonmoot will take place on 21st-23rd September at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. This year will be The Tolkien Society’s 38th Oxonmoot and will include fellowship, talks and panels, friendly discussion, a quiz, an art exhibition and a party with a raft of creative opportunities! This year’s Oxonmoot is particularly special as The Tolkien Society will be holding a celebration in honour of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The HobbitThe Hobbit was first published on the 21st September 1937 and has become one of the world’s most popular books: it has been translated into over 50 languages and estimates put sales of The Hobbit at over 100 million worldwide.


Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Meet Ups, Other Events, Tolkien

Mythgard Institute offers Hobbit lecture downloads

If you’ve been too busy to attend the online Tolkien and fantasy-related lectures offered by Mythgard Institute, you’ll be pleased to know that you can download many of them at their website. In particular, “The Hobbit Lectures” are both interesting and topical and include titles such as “Bilbo Builds his Resume” and “Bilbo Earns his Reward.” These, and other downloads are free, and available at the Mythgard Institute website.

Posted in Events, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education

Uni of Illinois professor gives Tolkien talk

The University of Illinois has just announced a topic for its Engaged Citizenship Common Experience Speakers Series. On July 17, 2012, it will present Sanctifying Myths: The currency of class, gender, and courage in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings & Peter Jackson’s films.

Dr Donna Bussell, PhD, will highlight Tolkien’s understanding of the spiritual and cultural work of mythology and manifestations of courage in major characters such as Frodo, Sam, Arwen and Aragorn.

Her talk also explores the importance of minor characters whose roles (and lower status) reveal much about the nature of courage in relation to class and gender in the story. Bussell concludes with a few thoughts on how these ideas are (or are not) treated in Jackson’s films, and the implications of these revisions for the transmission of Tolkien’s ideals.


Posted in Events, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Peter Jackson, ‘Hobbit’ stuff at Comic-Con: Full details!

With only a few weeks before the San Diego Comic-Con, is excited to formally announce that we have been invited to present a “Hobbit” panel at SDCC. The website also has extensive plans to bring the experience to fans who can’t attend.

With a time slot that has become something of a tradition, the fansite will open the show on the first hour of the first day. Thursday, July 12, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., in room 6DE, TORn will talk Hobbit. The room holds 1,000, and like every year, especially this year, a capacity crowd is expected with many unable to get in. Being the first event of the day also means that if the room is full early, we can start early and stretch our hour into more if possible. Another great feature of being the first event of the day, the convention is more liberal about giveaway items.

TORn will also be present at not one but two table locations on the 500,000 square foot dealers floor where supports can buy shirts, buttons and talk to a large contingent of staffer. (More details later, but one table next to Badali Jewelry and one table with Weta Workshop! Expect new tshirts, details to follow!)
But what to expect from a TORn presentation?
* It will be 100% re-written, not a duplicate of any previous presentation
* An audio and visual extravaganza (not people just talking)
* It is expected to feature video content from Weta Workshop
* It may contain pictures from New Zealand
* It will feature around 6 TORn staffers (the most ever) with several more in the audience if we need them
* Special guests have been invited
* Two panelists have been on “The Hobbit” set
* A significant segment of Q&A, time for fans
More about Comic-Con after the break including info for audience at home: (more…)

Posted in Billy Connolly, ComicCon, Conventions, Events, Fans, Headlines, Hobbit Cast News, Hobbit Movie, Lectures & Education, Martin Freeman, Merchandise, Richard Armitage, Studios, The Hobbit, Warner Bros.

Tolkien Society adds Peter Gilliver to Return of the Ring

The Tolkien Society has announced the addition of Peter Gilliver to the guest list of its Return of the Ring event in August.

Peter, who is Associate Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, will be delivering a talk titled “Making the Music: a possible source for the Ainulindalë”. Peter is well-known to Tolkien fans as co-writer of The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary, and has described Tolkien’s time at the OED as “crucial” in shaping Tolkien’s works. (more…)

Posted in Events, Lectures & Education

Peter Jackson, celebrities raise funds for NZ’s Court Theatre

Hot on the heels of Sir Ian McKellen’s fund raising money for Also Known as The Court Theatre Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal now another fundraiser has this time for Christchurch’s The Court Theatre here’s the full press release:

From Hobbits to hip-hop stars, a range of international celebrities have come to aid The Court Theatre’s fundraising drive.

To assist in replacing numerous assets lost when the Christchurch theatre company was forced to leave its Arts Centre venue following the 22 February 2011 earthquake, a range of items have been donated for an online auction on Trademe that will be running from 24 – 30 May.

Beyoncé, Stephen Fry, Orlando Bloom and Court Theatre Fundraising Patron Dame Maggie Smith, as well as locals Hayley Westenra, Sir Peter Jackson and Mark Hadlow, have offered items to the fundraising appeal – from signed posters, prints and scripts to CDs, jewellery and DVDs. (more…)

Posted in Lectures & Education, Mark Hadlow, Miscellaneous, Peter Jackson, Stage Productions

Tolkien Society celebrating 75 years of ‘Hobbit’ this weekend

Some associate TheOneRing only with Peter Jackson films set in Middle-earth. It is always our pleasure to support fans and all the aspects of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (except what you are selling on Ebay). Below is a press release sent by The Tolkien Society that we give to you just as it was sent to us. The Tolkien Society (UK edition) was founded in 1969, 30 years before TORn, and it is always a pleasure to alert people to its events. When we post these we can’t help but wish this was the year we would attend. Anyway, here is the release for events taking place this weekend. Spread the word!

“The Tolkien Society has teamed up with the Birmingham Tolkien Group to bring you the thirteenth Middle-earth Weekend this Saturday and Sunday in celebration of 75 years of The Hobbit.

Middle-earth Weekend takes place at Sarehole Mill in an area of Birmingham in which Tolkien grew up and which inspired his writings – the area is credited with inspiring Tolkien’s vision of The Shire and Hobbiton including Sandyman’s infamous Mill. This area has been designated as “The Shire Country Park” in Tolkien’s honour and the park covers the River Cole, Chinn Brook, Moseley Bog & the Dell, and the Dingles – all places J.R.R. Tolkien knew as a child when he lived just across from the mill pool.

Events this year include: mediaeval re-enactments, archery, live performances of excerpts from Tolkien’s works by Shire Productions, guided walks, poetry and music, our Tolkien tent with stalls of goodies, a climbing wall, our popular costume competition, face painting, dragons(!), and, of course, a working mill! It is a full menagerie of events for the whole family that will excite, entertain, amuse and inform. (more…)

Posted in Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, Other Events, The Hobbit

Mythgard Institute summer courses

Some TORn followers will be familiar with TORn’s friend The Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, and his great podcasts and lectures.  This summer, he and the Mythgard Institute have some fabulous courses lined up – if you are anxiously awaiting The Hobbit movies (and who isn’t?!), maybe you can pass the time with a few explorations into fantasy and literature!

The Mythgard Institute is offering three classes this semester.  Olsen will be teaching a class called Modern Fantasy, looking at the works of six major fantasy authors of the last fifty years.  One of these authors, Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, will be joining Olsen for a live discussion during the class!

In addition, Verlyn Flieger, one of the top Tolkien scholars in the world, will be teaching a class called The Story of Arthur, on Arthurian Literature.  Mythgard are also offering their first language class ever: An Introduction to Latin - just in time for you to read The Hobbit when it is published in Latin in September!
Combined information on all the courses is hereRegistration is closing SOON, so hurry along and see what’s on offer!
Posted in Events, Lectures & Education, Uncategorized

Kalamazoo, and Tolkien Too

Discussion board member Modtheow reminds us of this annual event where discussion board members N.E. Brigand, visualweasel and Indigo Istar will be among the presenters!

Every year about 3,000 medievalists descend on Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, but tucked into the over 600 sessions on every medieval topic imaginable, you can find 6 or 7 sessions on Tolkien, often referred to as “Tolkien at Kalamazoo.” You don’t have to be a medieval scholar to attend this conference, though I should say that it is meant to be a scholarly event — still, there’s lots of fun to be had, especially in the Friday night “Tolkien Unbound” entertainment, or the Saturday night dance, or in some of the gaming sessions, or dinner at Bilbo’s Restaurant. You can find information about the full conference here.


Posted in Events, Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, LotR Books, Return of the King, Silmarillion, The Two Towers, Tolkien

One Man LOTR’ coming to The Return of the Ring event this Summer

The Tolkien Society is delighted to announce that Charlie Ross will be bringing a touch of comedic glamour to The Return of the Ring this summer with an exclusive performance of his show ‘One Man Lord of the Rings’.

Charlie Ross, also the star of ‘One Man Star Wars Trilogy’, will be bringing his internationally-acclaimed worldwide tour of ‘One Man LOTR’ to The Return of the Ring this August for an exclusive one-off show. The Return of the Ring takes place at Loughborough University, England on 16th-20th August 2012 with Charlie Ross’s ‘One Man LOTR’ taking place on the afternoon of Friday 17th. The Return of the Ring celebrates the forthcoming films and the 75th anniversary of the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and is the follow-up to Tolkien 2005 that commemorated 50 years of The Lord of the Rings and which was recently described by Ring*Con founder Marcel Bülles as “probably the best Tolkien-related event in history“.

Charlie Ross adds to the already-exciting roster of guests that includes: authors and academics Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Brian Sibley, Colin Duriez, John Garth and Corey Olsen; artists Ted Nasmith and Jef Murray; directors of Born of Hope and The Hunt for Gollum Kate Madison and Chris Bouchard; and French Middle-earth re-enactment society The Company of the Green Dragon. To view all our guests, including Charlie Ross, please go to:

Shaun Gunner, Deputy Chairman of The Return of the Ring, said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled! We’ve been working with Charlie for weeks to make sure this happens – he’s so excited about doing this that he’s squeezed us into his busy schedule at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by flying from Edinburgh and back in the space of a day! I can’t wait to experience his act with the hundreds of other Tolkien fans that will be coming - having Charlie with us proves that The Return of the Ring isn’t just an academic event, but that it is a celebration and a convention in the broadest sense of the term.

To learn more about The Return of the Ring, and to book, go to:

Posted in Conventions, Events, Lectures & Education

Online course offered in Tolkien, fantasy

Interested in learning about Tolkien and fantasy literature in more depth? We have been asked to spread the word about an online course that spans fantasy from its roots to modern works. Here is the info we were asked to share with all the links after the break:

During the summer semester Cardiff Metropolitan University will run an online course titled Fantasy Literature: Tales Before and After Tolkien, designed and taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi.

The course will examine fantasy literature, from its roots in Victorian fairy tales to modern imaginary worlds. Some of the key texts we will explore include J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and J.K. RowlingHarry Potter series. The course is open to students and adult learners all over the world. It is delivered entirely online via Blackboard, Cardiff Met’s Virtual Learning Environment, so it does not matter where students are physically. The course will begin on Wednesday 9th May, and will run for 12 weeks (10 teaching Units plus 1 reading week and 1 essay-writing week), until the end of July. The course carries 20 credits at Year 3 undergraduate level if students choose to do the assessment. (more…)

Posted in Lectures & Education

Celebrate Tolkien Reading today by, uh, reading!

Join TheOneRing and the Tolkien Society, who started the event, by celebrating Tolkien Reading Day! Held annually since 2003, it is meant to encourage reading and is a great day to dust off a copy of one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s many works and dig in. (It also marks the downfall of Barad-dûr and the passing of Sauron, but that happened long before 2003.) Many schools mark the day with an in-class read, but since this year it falls on a Sunday, parents will be in charge of helping children celebrate but reading to pets, the infirm or yourself is also more than acceptable. Enjoy!

Posted in Books Publications, Events, Fans, Hobbit Book, J.R.R. Tolkien, Lectures & Education, Lord of the Rings, LotR Books, Other Events, The Hobbit, Community, Tolkien