“Fantasy fans had a magical weekend in a Birmingham suburb transformed into a scene from Middle Earth to celebrate author JRR Tolkien.”
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”.
Tolkien Reading Day was set up to encourage people to read some of Tolkien’s stories at school or university, in reading groups, or as a family; the theme for 2009 is “Journeys & Destinations.”
“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.”
The Tolkien Society has webpages where fans across the globe can let other fans know where they’ll be celebrating if they’re hosting a party, or just what particular tipple they”ll be raising…
If you’re nearby, stop in!
“Are you a young person who is obsessed with a certain book, comic, or video game? MTV’s True Life is looking for young people who are die-hard fans of certain brands, characters, or fantasy series.”
Oxonmoot (or a Moot in Oxford) is a long-running weekend event and features a number of unique Tolkien-centric events.
“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.