For any serious Tolkien scholar, this seminar provides academics, students and independent scholars with a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue.
Since the first "Fun At Mill!" Weekend in 2000 these events have focused on Tolkien's local connections, the local environment and the history of the area around Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, and the River Cole Valley – now known as the Shire Country Park. This year's theme is "Exploring Middle-earth".
"There will be a formal presentation of the Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On conference to the City of Birmingham on 30th January 2009."
"This year's weekend focuses on 'Myths and Monsters' as we mix Tolkien's local connections with his work on Beowulf and one of his earliest essays in story writing, which featured 'a great green dragon'."
Stretch your Tolkien intellect by not only attending the seminar, but also submitting your own paper...
From September 25 through 28, celebrate Tolkien at this year's Oxonmoot at Christ Church College, Oxford.
Papers are sought on a wide range of topics related to this theme, including concepts such as "Free Will and Doom", and from writings ranging from "The Silmarillion" and "The Children of Hurin" to "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit".