– Eleventy-One –

18th – 21st September 2003, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

– Thursday to Sunday, longer this year in honour of Tolkien’s 111th Birthday –

Registration (GBP) £32.50 members, £37.50 non-members

until 31st July!

This year’s highlights include:
Professor Jane Chance of Rice University will present a paper on “Tolkien’s Women (and Men): The Film and the Book”

Regia Anglorum, the Anglo-Saxon Re-enactment Society, will be giving weapon demonstrations and living history displays

Dr. Theodore J. Sherman (Editor of Mythlore) giving his paper on “Tolkien and the Fairy-Story essay and its application to Tolkien’s own fiction.”

Caspar Reiff of the Tolkien Ensemble, (noted creator of the CDs “An Evening’, ‘A Night’
and ‘At Dawn’ in Rivendell”) will be giving a talk on the ensemble’s musical interpretation of the poems from “The Lord of the Rings.”

Dr Lynn Forest-Hill (TS Education Officer) and Marella Sands (American author) will present seminars for writers.

Merry & Pippin’s Dance Workshop (Back by popular demand!) Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck. They will show folks of any size how to perform the Springle-Ring and other dances that the denizens of Middle-earth would ‘probably’ enjoy. Perfect performances not required: come along and participate for fun.

Alex Lewis (co-author of the book ‘The Uncharted Realms of Tolkien’) will give a talk on ‘Tolkien and the Physical Universe’

Welcome Dinner on Friday night (featuring Lothlórien Terrine, Bucklebury Tart, Gondorian Fowl, Yavanna’s Passion Pastry with Ælfwine Sauce). Party and costume masquerade on Saturday night

Colin Duriez will be talking about his new book “Tolkien and CS Lewis” due out in December.

Richard J. Finn “Arthur & Aragorn: Arthurian Influence in the Lord of the Rings.”

Tolkien Quiz. Quizmistress Angie Gardner (writer of The Tolkien Trivia Game). Brace yourselves for an action-packed two hours! Attendance for the full event is by no means compulsory – but you may feel inwardly compelled as the tension mounts

Sales Room featuring Tolkien Society Trading, Daeron’s Books, Rene Van Rossenberg and the Book Wyrm.
Register Online here

Registration and Accommodation Information:

The Bookings Officer (Oxonmoot), 28 Loverock Crescent, Rugby, CV21 4AR, United Kingdom or

e-mail bookings@tolkiensociety.org

Media Contact

Oxonmoot Publicity, 26 Loverock Crescent, Rugby, CV21 4AR, United Kingdom or e-mail osc.publicity@tolkiensociety.org

What is Oxonmoot?

Oxonmoot is the Tolkien Society’s major social event, providing both our members and the public with the opportunity to gather together and celebrate Tolkien’s life. Originating as an informal gathering of friends to pay their respects at the grave of the late Professor Tolkien, it is now one of the country’s longest established events of its kind. Held annually on the weekend closest to the fictional birthday of Bilbo Baggins, the event traditionally takes place in central Oxford because Tolkien spent much of his professional life here and his grave is nearby. The venue this year is St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, as we have had to move to a larger college venue to fit in the expected numbers attending this extended event.

What happens at an oxonmoot?

This year’s weekend actually starts on Thursday, but either way, usually people arrive at the college in the afternoon to settle in, greet old friends or make some new ones, and if time allows fit in some sightseeing. In the evening, there’s an informal meal at the college, where those new to Oxonmoot can get to know the regulars, and of course chat in the bar. Events, papers and talks begin on Friday morning. To allow for many attendees having work commitments the ‘Welcome Dinner’ will be on Friday evening and some items such as ‘Merry & Pippin’s workshop’ will run twice. Many of the events are listed above, but in addition to these there will be an art show open displaying the works of both amateur and professional artists such as renowned fan artist Anke Eissman and Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith. There is also a sales room with several dealers offering a wide variety of Tolkien related items, ranging from collectors’ editions of Tolkien’s works to merchandise from Peter Jackson’s film adaptation, plus our own Tolkien Society products. On Sunday there is Enyalië, a ceremony of remembrance at Tolkien’s graveside.

Who are we?

The Tolkien Society is an independent educational charity devoted to furthering interest in the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Founded in 1969 membership has grown to in excess of 1,200. The majority of our members are based in the UK, but many can be found as far afield as Australia and Latin America, and we enjoy close ties with other Tolkien Societies around the globe.

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