December Flash Moot

Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Elephant & Castle Pub, 212 King Street West

Wellinghall's next flash moot will take place on December 10th at our usual pub, the Elephant & Castle (King Street location).

As with every moot, please feel free to bring family, friends and anyone or anything else you fancy. Hope to see you there!

Autumn Moot (Bilbo & Frodo Birthday Celebration)

Time Sunday, October 9 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location Elephant & Castle Pub, 212 King Street West

"When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton."

Come celebrate the birthdays of two very special Hobbits with Wellinghall Smial, the Toronto Tolkien Society —a couple of weeks later than the traditional date of September 22nd! As always, there will be friendly company, good food, plenty of discussions and laughter, and lots of cake. All Tolkien fans (and friends of Tolkien fans) are welcome to join us for this special afternoon at our favourite local meeting-place!

Visit our Facebook event page or RSVP in the comments below.

Hope to see you there!

Wellinghall Smial and the Deathly Hallows

Join the Toronto Tolkien Society for a screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at the Scotiabank Theatre, followed by a late lunch at 2:30 p.m. at the Elephant & Castle (212 King St. West). Feel free to come to just one or the other, if you prefer... and invite your friends, too!

Remember to buy your tickets as soon as possible (​es/TheatreDetails/Scotiaba​nk-Theatre-Toronto.aspx). We'll be seeing the 2D screening at noon, and will meet below the elevators around 11:30 a.m.

More info about this event can be found on our Facebook page.

Smial lunch

We will be holding a semi-impromptu lunch this Satuday, April 30, at the Elephant and Castle (212 King Street West), at 1:00pm.

Until then...

2011 Tolkien Reading Day

Hroom hroom!

Details for Wellinghall's 2011 Tolkien Reading Day are below:

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Elephant & Castle Pub & Restaurant, 212 King Street West
Reservation under: Laura

Need help picking a passage? Here are some suggestions from the Tolkien Society:
Tolkien Reading Day was set up to encourage people to get together and explore some of Tolkien’s stories at school, university, in reading groups, or as a family; the theme for 2011 is “Tolkien’s Trees”.

This year's theme, "Tolkien's Trees", is allied with the "International Year of Forests" and encourages families and library reading groups to enjoy exploring the dark confines of Tolkien's many forests as well as focussing on individual trees.

Readers might venture into Mirkwood in
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; into the Old Forest on the borders of the Shire, and the Golden Wood of Lothlorien, or meet the Ents of Fangorn. Or why not read about and discuss the importance of trees and their meanings in “Leaf By Niggle”, or the 'Two Trees' beloved of the Elves in The Silmarillion, where there are more great forests and woods to discover.

If reading time is short, then the malice of Old Man Willow, or the symbolism of White Tree of Gondor offer plenty to think about and discuss.

We have already begun saying, "Good Morning," so we should be ready to start reading some of our favourite passages (tree-related or not) by the 26th! Hope to see you there!

TWTF Last Alliance Action Alert: Earthquake in Christchurch, NZ

As you're all aware, the city of Christchurch, New Zealand has suffered a terrible earthquake. The number of people who lost their lives is currently 75, but it is expected to go up and there may be hundreds more still in the rubble of collapsed buildings. In the aftermath, we have gathered some information and a few ways that you can help.
If you have any more information, news or organizations accepting donations, please send us the information (on the effort, contact or donation info, etc.) and we will help spread the word via our site:, our Facebook page and our Twitter account:

Thank you so much

~The White Tree Fund team
Doing what we can with time that is given to us.

LotR Marathon - report

By: Laura

Within a few minutes of meeting me, it's easy to discern three things: I talk really fast, never come between me and fries, and I love movie marathons. So when one of the smial members emailed about a LotR movie marathon at the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto. I barely finished reading her email before responding with lots of capitalizd letters and exclamation marks. The next dew days mere spent in a mood of restless anticipation and barely concealed excitment.

A number of us had attended a movie marathon a few years before and realized that not even the strongest of stomachs can consume theatre snacks all day without feeling ill. I woke a bit early to prepare a batch of lembas. As you can see, Frodo tried to help but somehow was only there after all the work was done.

Frodo doll and the lembas
I can haz lembas?

Frodo and my bag o' needed junk

After packing up the lembas (I was all out of mallorn leaves so I had to use a resealable plastic bag, the magical properties of the bag are, as of yet, unknown), Frodo and I were on our way.

Magical Narnia snow

Magical Narnia snow

It was snowing as I walked to the bus stop; Frodo was tucked away safely in my bag ... likely nibbling at the lembas. I mention the snow because it wasn't just any snow, it was what one our members calls "Narnia snow". By the time I reached the movie theatre, the same snow now seemed to be mundance, urban, regular snow, but I knew those feelings wouldn't last for long. A long line had already formed when I got there, half an hour before the first airing. Fortunately the smial members were able to find each other quite quickly, with the help of modern cellular technology and some old fashioned hand-waving (though I'm sure they've invented an app for this by now).

Arrival at the theatre!<

When the theatre eventually opened its doors, the group outside had no problem filling its ticket queues, concession lines, and the theatre seats. We weren't able to find enough seats together but our party only had to split into two groups. I still am very surprised at how many people were there and at finding out, after a quick poll from our host, how many had read the books.

As is usual for Tolkien, the audience was composed of a wide variety of fans, some who weren't even born when the first Jackson movie was released, and some who could have seen the release of the Bakshi film. And while I didn't necessarily feel the communal/familial/cozy sense I normally would at a Tolkien convention, I had my smial Ent-buddies and they provide familial-ness in bushelfuls. I only wish the event had shown the extended editions!

Frodo comfy in this marathon chair

Frodo and the credits
Is it over already??

LotR Marathon - Saturday February 5

Cineplex's Scotiabank Theatre is featuring a LotR marathon (are there any two sweeter words in the English language?) next Saturday.

Details can be found below:

Event website (LotR is found about 2/3 down the page)
Date: Saturday, February 5
Time: FotR - 12pm; TTT - 3:30pm; RotK - 7pm
Place: Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street West
Price: $5 per film (General Film Fest pricing), plus $1 service fee if purchasing tickets online

If you plan on attending, please purchase your own ticket(s) (it'd be wonderful even if you can only make it for a single film!). We will meet at the top of the stairs, in the area just past the ticket collector, around 11pm so we can grab seats. If you cannot make it for this time, please meet us in the theatre.

As always, friends, entings, and significant others welcome.

Tell us your favourite Tolkien quote and win!

Hope you were all able to raise a toast to the Professor yesterday! In the spirit of continuing the celebration, we are giving away a little bundle of goodies. Tell us your favourite Tolkien quotes here in the comments section or Silver Leaves' facebook page and we'll enter your name in a draw for a copy of the upcoming Dragon issue of SL and a Hobbit journal! If your quote is a...bout dragons or has a dragon in it, we'll throw in a gorgeous 2011 Dragon calendar!

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