Somerville College, Oxford
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September
Registration Rates: 33 pounds (members) or 37 pounds (non-members)
Accommodation and meals available within Somerville College separately, see below.
PROGRAMME ITEMS INCLUDE:
- Robert Blackham: The Roots of Tolkien’s Middle-earth… An exploration of many of the places which would later appear in Tolkien’s writings and how, often by a miracle, many of them survived (e.g. the Shire Country Park).
- Jean Chausse: The Healing of Theoden; a Glimpse of the Final Victory… A comparison of Theoden’s healing by Gandalf with Pentecost.
- Murray Smith: Faithful Catholics and the Faithful of Numenor… How British and Irish Catholic experiences influenced Tolkien’s story of Numenor
- David Doughan: Women, Oxford and Tolkien.
- Alex Lewis: The View from the Misty Mountains.
- Jessica Yates: Denethor and the Palantir.
Friday Night Welcome Dinner, Quiz, Art Show, Merry & Pippin’s Dance Workshop
Saturday Evening Party, Enyalie (act of remembrance at Tolkien’s grave)
Sales Room featuring: Tolkien Society Trading, Daeron’s Books, Runesmith, and the Bookwyrm
Book Online at www.tolkiensociety.org
Last date for accommodation and dinner bookings: 31st August
Last date for online or postal bookings to arrive: 5th September
The events at Oxonmoot start on Friday evening, with Registration and informal meetings in the bar. A meal is available in College, although people arrive at Oxonmoot at all hours and those who know Oxford may prefer to eat anywhere in the many good eating places in the town. There is conversation in the bar, and later some people may organise readings and other informal events.
On Saturday there are a range of events such as talks, papers, workshops and slide shows on Tolkien-related material. A quiz is held for those who wish to display their knowledge of all things Tolkien. There are also the Sales Room and Art Show (with professional and amateur works), plus a quiet area where you can drink tea, fill up the corners and chat with old or new friends. These areas are open most of the day, but at lunchtime on Saturday a Reception is held to allow Oxonmooters to meet with people who knew the Professor, and with each other. All other activities are suspended so that everyone can attend. In the evening we hold a party with a bar, and entertainment provided by musically or dramatically inclined members, including a mini-masquerade for costume-wearers.
On Sunday, at 11:00, is the ceremony of Enyalie (Remembrance). We gather at the grave of Professor Tolkien to remember the man whose work has inspired all of us. After that there is lunch at the College and a farewell, safe journey, see you next year, talk by the Subcommittee Chair, or you may prefer to eat at one of Oxford’s famous pubs, perhaps the Lamb and Flag (opposite the equally historic but smaller Eagle and Child (Bird and Baby), where The Inklings met.