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
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Contact details:
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:
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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.


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