The Italian Tolkien Society is proud to announce that the great event dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the first two volumes of The Lord of The Rings will occur in the European Parliament of Bruxelles between the 22th and the 28th of March, 2004.

Tolkien Societies from every part of the world (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Philippines, Germany, Japan, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Russia, Spain, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Hungary, Turkey) already announced their adhesion to the event. For the Tolkien Societies which haven’t confirmed their adhesion and are interested, they can write at this e-mail address: (Oronzo Cilli Event organizer)

This week dedicated to the English writer will be full of events. First, there will be several panels with Tolkien experts from different countries. Between the people contacted (we hope everybody will answer positively at our invitation) there are Brian Sibley, Tom Shippey, Patrick Curry, Christopher Garbowski, Stefano Giuliano, Gianfranco De Turris, Adolfo Morganti, Paolo Paron and Chris Crawshaw.

During the week, a painting exhibition will show the works of artists as Ted Nasmith, Alan Lee, Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, Roger Garland, Luigi Enzo Mattei, Tom Cross, Donato Giancola, Luca Michelucci, Angelo Montanini, Anton Spazzapan, Pascal Yung, Stephen Walsh, Randy Asplund, David Wyatt, Roger Thomasson, Maria Distefano, Peter Gaber, Stefano Baldo, Timoleon Kouimtzoglou, Danny Staten, Ed Beard Jr. and Catherine Karina Chemiel. We hope also to have John Howe (who already participated at our events) as our guest.

On Tuesday, 23, a concert of celtic music and a stage performance called Gollum’s Ring will delight the audience.

Among the institutions required for a support, there are the European Parliament ˆ Italian Office, United Kingdom Government, New Zealand Government, Region de Bruxelles Capitale, Vice Presidenza Del Consiglio Dei Ministri, Istituto Italiano di Cultura ˆ Bruxelles, Ministero delle Comunicazioni, Ministero delle Politiche Agricole e Forestali, Regione Lazio.

The Tolkien event will be presented in Rome in mid january.

We hope to have more news and confirmations soon.

See youRobert Bernocchi – Italian Tolkien Society