Eleventy-One, on January 3rd 2003
The toast will be “The Professor”
Announcing to the world the grand Tolkien Birthday Party!

On January 3rd Tolkien fans around the world are invited to host or attend birthday gatherings, visit the cinema and/or raise a glass and toast the 111th birthday, ‘Eleventy-One’ in hobbit parlance, of this much loved author at 9pm (local times) in a grand rolling celebration.

The Tolkien Society and Josh Rubinstein are launching webpages (http://www.tolkiensociety.org/toast & http://www.lordofthedonuts.net/tolkien111) where well-wishers and party organisers can register details. Details of cinemas showing The Two Towers can be found there also. For those not near a party, other fans or a cinema (or who are quiet and hobbit-like) there is the opportunity to simply join in and raise a toast, either by registering their name online or just by knowing that it is going on across the globe. These webpages will allow Tolkien fans world wide to let other fans know where they will be celebrating, or 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 join in. These pages are partially live at press, with some extra features to be added shortly.

Chris Crawshaw, the Chair of the Tolkien Society, which has members in 43 countries said “I’m looking forwards to raising a glass of single malt to the memory of the Professor and in fellowship with fans around the world”.

Josh Rubinstein will be overseeing arrangements for his Birthday DVD project which will be celebrating these parties. It will be based on footage sent in from the parties to create a unique documentary of Tolkien fandom. This is to include a section for birthday messages from fans, plus fan art, and more.

Many cinemas in the UK and Ireland have already signed up giving details of special party showings of New Line Cinema & Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers. Other film distributors and Cinema managers are invited to register with details of their cinema and prices on the webpages provided.

Data Protection & Legal Information
The words “us”, “we” refer to the Tolkien Society and Josh Rubinstein, the co-ordinators of the Eleventy-One Birthday Toast project. The Tolkien Society is based in the United Kingdom and Josh Rubinstein is based in the USA. The information posted by anybody on the ‘Eleventy-One’ web pages will not be sold or passed on to any third party (outside of the context of the web pages and the organisers of these ‘Eleventy-One’ events). Except where somebody has registered their consent with us, information on the web pages will not be used beyond the life of the pages except for statistical purposes. By sending the participation form you give us permission to publish relevant information and to pass information between the organisations involved with the Eleventy-One Birthday Toast project. We reserve the right to contact anybody who supplies information. Whether any particular details are included on the web pages or not is at our sole discretion. We provide the web pages on the understanding that if you use them you do so at your own risk. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained on the pages. 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 accepts no responsibility for the content or quality of any website but its own.

Press Contacts

(Please note the Tolkien Society is run by volunteers in their spare time)

Tolkien Society Publicity:
Ian Collier, 45 Caldew Maltings, Bridge Lane, Carlisle, UK.
e-mail publicity@tolkiensociety.org
Telephone 07974-987340

Josh Rubinstein
320 S. Occidental Bl. #212, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
e-mail orthanc_ent@yahoo.com

Tolkien Society North American Representative:
Mike Foster, Rt. 5, Box 315, Metamora IL 61548, USA.
e-mail americas@tolkiensociety.org
Telephone (Work) 309-694-5349; 309-367-2772.

Tolkien Society Australasian Representative:
Michael Kennedy, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
e-mail pacific@tolkiensociety.org

The Tolkien Society was founded in 1969 to further interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.B.E., the author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and other works of fiction and philological study. Based in the United Kingdom and registered as an independent, non-profit making charity, number 273809, the Society has an international membership which benefits from regular publications and events.