As a smial we have recently purchased tickets for seats together to see The Lord of the Rings musical on Sunday, June 18 at 1 p.m. If anyone would like to join us tickets are still available at the box office. We'd love to have you with us for dinner afterwards as well. Location and time have yet to be announced. Please email wellinghall.smial@gmail.com to let us know that you're coming.

In memory of Daniel Timmons

Wellinghall is proud to support an effort by Tolkien fans to assist the family of Dr. Daniel Timmons, a well known, very respected professor and Tolkien scholar, who passed away last December. They ask that you please leave your condolences and memories if you met or knew Dan here: http://timmonslegacy.livejournal.com/. Dan had ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He is survived by his wife and young son who have a very difficult road ahead. You can make donations to assist them at the website above.

Dan was the editor of J.R.R. Tolkien and the True Hero with George Clark, and also produced and directed the documentary film The Legacy of The Lord of the Rings, which has aired in Canada on both Bravo! and Space: The Imagination Station. There will information shortly on how to order this documentary.

Tolkien community news roundup

One morning long ago...

It all began on a bright spring morning long ago in Middle-earth; the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves arrived on Bilbo’s doorstep for a now famous unexpected party, dreaming of retrieving the treasure that lay beneath the Lonely Mountain, and long guarded by old Smaug the Dragon. Likewise we invite you to join us for a very special springtime ‘party’ in the heart of The Cotswolds--as close an experience of Tolkien’s Shire as you could hope for--as we present an exclusive show and sale of world renowned Tolkien artist Ted Nasmith’s originals and prints, as well as the contrasting styles of guest Artist Ruth Lacon. Both artists will be attendingand throughout. You can meet and talk to them and enjoy a whole Tolkien experience including Art, Music, Readings and Fellowship.

More Info
Venue: The Redesdale Hall
Web site: http://www.adcbooks.co.uk
Contact details: andy@adcbooks.co.uk
Phone: 01608-674620
Postal Address: Andrew Compton, ADC Books, Crossing Cottage, Todenham Road, Moreton in Marsh, Glos, GL56 9NJ

Tolkien Online Course at Cardiff University (open to adult learners) running again in May

Due to popular demand, the online Course on Tolkien hosted by Cardiff University during the Autumn and Spring Semesters (October 2005 and February 2006) will run again later on this semester, starting on 1 May. Both students and adult learners can enrol, and explore the rich background of myth, languages and contemporary ideas of Tolkien's creative writing.

For more information visit the Course’s website:
Or contact: FimiD@cf.ac.uk
Venue: Cardiff University

One of our members is taking this course and highly recommends it for all of those who are intrigued by Tolkien and the influences on the man and his work.

The Gathering of the Fellowship becomes a member of Heren Istarion

The Gathering of the Fellowship has joined our friends Heren Istarion, the North East Tolkien Society, a very well-known smial located in the New York area. This will be a great partnership. Congratulations to The Gathering! For more information and all the latest news on The Gathering check out their website.

Tolkien Society Seminar: Call for Papers

This year's theme is Politics and Middle-earth. Papers can address one or more of the following points:
  • Politics portrayed within the fictional world of Middle-earth
  • Real world political use of Tolkien's works
  • Tolkien's role in/influence on academic politics
  • Tolkien's personal politics as revealed by his life and works

Papers should be 20 to 45 minutes long, allowing for time for questions and answers. Send the title, abstract or short summary, and intended length of the paper you wish to submit to Trevor Reynolds by April 30, 2006.

The Seminar will be held at The Assembly House, Norwich, England on Saturday, July 22, 2006, starting at 9:30am and finishing by 5:00pm. For more details and booking,see the Tolkien Society's website.

Order Tolkien Studies - Vol III now

Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review Vol. 3, edited By Douglas A. Anderson, Michael D.C. Drout, and Verlyn Flieger, can now be ordered from West Virginia University Press. They will be in stock by May 15th.

Let's all meet to see the LOTR Musical!

Hi, all Wellinghall members and future members!

We're gathering together on June 18 to see the matinee showing of the LOTR musical. Melly will be in town (yay!) and we'll all go out for dinner afterwards. We're hoping to buy tickets this week, so if you want to join us, please email wellinghall.smial@gmail.com ASAP. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tolkien Reading Day 2006

On March 25, 2006, the founding members of Wellinghall, the new Toronto Smial of the Tolkien Society (UK) held our first Tolkien Reading Day in a cozy booth at a local restaurant, The Pickle Barrel in Yorkdale Mall, a well known Toronto Shopping Centre. After a delicious lunch and delightful conversation the following passages from JRR Tolkien’s writings were read.

The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past: the climax of this chapter when Frodo draws the Ring out of his pocket as Gandalf continues to convince Frodo as to the utmost seriousness of what he now possesses. Because Paulina lives in Texas, this passage was read by Laura.

The Fellowship of the Ring, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony: we got quite a kick out of hearing Gerda read that wonderful, fun-loving poem The Man in the Moon.

The Return of the King, The Tower of Cirith Ungol: the passage when Sam is wondering if the others think of them at all. In this paragraph Tolkien describes what the rest of the Company is facing at that same hour. And despite all the challenges and fears their thoughts are always turning towards Frodo and Sam.

The Book of Lost Tales I: Lara, in her captivating voice, gracefully shared with us Tolkien's beautiful and other-worldly description of the vessel of the Moon.

The Hobbit, Riddles in the Dark: Richard, who is Lara’s eight year old son, read the Wind riddle. It was posed to Bilbo by Gollum in one of the best known chapters of The Hobbit. Richard deserves many kudos for behaving admirably while six grown women chatted, read, and laughed for nearly five hours around our cozy table!

The Two Towers, Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit: Vicki got us all chuckling as we listened to her read the famous and well-loved taters conversation between Gollum and Sam.

The Fellowship of the Ring: Laura is especially drawn to the poetry. She read the prophecy poem referring to Aragorn - 'All that is gold does not glitter'. We all tried to recite it together and, with a few stumbles, finally got through it. Another poem read by Laura—a very moving one—takes place a short while before the Company leaves Rivendell on their long journey south. Frodo and Bilbo are having a special farewell together and, with much emotion, Bilbo turns to the window and quietly recites poignant verses, ending with
'But all the while I sit and think of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet and voices at the door.'

A favourite prose section of Laura's is when Frodo passes his journal on to Sam: "I have quite finished, Sam," said Frodo. "The last pages are for you".

The Return of the King, The Land of Shadow: Jo read a passage that has enveloped her deeply for years. On the edge of despair and utterly weary, one forsaken night Sam sees a single white star twinkling high above Mordor. Hope returns to his heart reminding him that there is light and beauty beyond Shadow’s reach, giving that faithful brave hobbit cause and hope to press on with Mr. Frodo.

Many more well-loved passages were read, these are a few highlights. As a very fitting end Lara read that final poignant scene at the Grey Havens in The Return of the King that invariably causes everyone's emotion to well up to overflowing. Lara's amazing reading talent drew us in, spellbound.

Thanks to The Pickle Barrel for allowing us to spend four hours in one of their comfy booths. Have a look at our photos


By: Jo & Gerda

For Gondor!

Counting down to Melly's visit to T.O.!

Welcome to Wellinghall!

Welcome to Wellinghall smial!! :)

We're a smial of the Tolkien Society in the UK and geographically we're located in Wellinghall ... er ... the Greater Toronto Area. We invite everyone who loves to "talk Tolkien" to get in touch with us over at our forum, kindly hosted by The White Tree Fund, located at: http://www.whitetreefund.proboards53.com/index.cgi?board=welcomesmial where we have some fun discussions and a small study group formed.

We recently met up for Tolkien Reading Day and we're planning some other events! We'll have our report from Reading Day and pics up soon! If you have suggestions for events and get-togethers, please let us know here or at the forum.

If you're in the area and would like to join us, just send an email to wellinghall.smial@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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