Middle-earth meetings of this year
Conventions, conferences and more
A new year is here and it is time to list some of those outstanding events you should be looking for. This list is a work in progress and I invite you to let me know about your Tolkien-related event in your country, from your society, special interest group and/or other organisation so people out there know what is going on! Please shoot me an email at marcel(at)thetolkienist(dot)com with [name of event], [date of event], [location], [organiser], [URL] and a short summary on what to expect [5-6 lines will do] and I’ll add it to the list. Please feel free to use the commentaries’ option below to let me know what you are doing to spread the word on J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and works.
If you want to read more about events from all over the world in all shapes and sizes visit the International Tolkien Fellowship: List of Events Facebook group.
This list will include for now:
- Events taking place once only or annually as well as conferences and conventions.
- Regular meetings
Please find abbreviations used below. List as of January 3rd, 2014, 7 p.m. It is also available via SlideShare as a PDF for download and better viewing. Attention: I cannot guarantee any of the information and no judgment as to the quality of the events is given, particularly not with commercial events.
3rd. Tolkien Birthday Toast. Worldwide event. Raise your glass to the Professor. Link.
5th. Ted Nasmith Art Workshop. Budapest, Hungary. HTS. Link.
8th-February 12th. Discovering Middle-earth: The Hobbit. Bi-weekly courses offered by Istituto Filosofico Studi Tomistici, Modena, Italy. Link.
Streaming online available at tolkienlab.it. In cooperation with ArtS.
17-19th. Tolkien Con. Prague, Czech Republic. Weekend-long festivities in Middle-earth. Link.
19th. Tolkien’s Middle-earth tour. Birmingham, UK. Link.
24th-26th. Brainstorming Weekend. Germany. GTS. Volunteer meet-up. Link.
1st. Tolkien & the Arts. Champaign, IL, USA. Urbana Theological Seminary. Conference. Link.
15th – ??. Quenya Language Courses. Cultural Centre Donceles 66, Mexico City, Mexico. STM. Link to old courses’ website; new info asap.
7th-10th. Mar Vanwa Tyalièva. ATS. St. Georgen am Reith, Austria. ATS. Weekend get-together. Link.
11th-13th. 11th Anniversary Party. Lithuania. LTS. Link.
11th-13th. Bombadil and Other Middle-earth Mysteries. 11th Annual Tolkien in Vermont Conference, USA. Link.
19th-21th. HobbitCon. Bonn, Germany. Convention, emphasis on Hobbit film trilogy. Link.
1st-4th. Mereth Ethuil. Austria. ATS. Link. Weekend full of festivities.
9th-11t. Tolkien Seminar: Nature and Landscape in Tolkien’s work. GTS. Annual academic conference. Link to Call for Papers, website tbd.
24th-25th. Festival des ELFIC. Close to Paris, FR. Tolkiendil. Link.
Tbd. Famer Giles of Ham. Birmingam Museums & Art Gallery, Sarehole Mill. Stage performance. Link.
20th-22nd. Slotfeest. Netherlands. TSU. Link. A weekend full of festivities.
7th-11th. Young Tolkienists’ Camp. Hungary. HTS. Link.
18th-20. Tolkien Thing. Castle Breuberg, Germany. GTS. Annual meeting with international guests. Link.
30th-3rd August. Annual Summer Camp. Lithuania. LTS. Link.
31th-10th August. Great Summer Camp. Hungary. HTS. Link.
8th-10th. Bri’s 18th Anniversary Banquet. Denmark. Bri. Link to Facebook event page. A weekend full of festivities.
8th-11th. MythCon 45. Wheaton College, MA, USA. MythSoc. Annual meeting and conference. Link.
11th-14th. Oxonmoot. Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, UK. TS. Annual meeting; many international visitors attending; at an Oxford college. Link.
19th-21st. Lasse Lanta. Austria. ATS. Link. Weekend full of festivities.
22nd. Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday. Celebrate!
24th-28th. ALEP 3. Shaker Village, KY, USA. Middle-earth Weekend full of festivities. Link.
Tbd. Hobbiton. ITS. Annual fair and conference. Link.
17th-19th. Ring*Con. Bonn, Germany. Fantasy Film & Literature Convention. Link.
New York City area, USA. NYC Area Friends of JRR Tolkien & Fantasy. Link.
Longmont, Colorado, USA. Grey Havens Group. Link.
ArtS = L’Associazione romana studi Tolkieniani (Roman Association of Tolkien Studies). www.jrrtolkien.it.
ATS = Austrian Tolkien Society. www.oetg.org.
Bri = Bri – the Copenhague Tolkien Society. www.bri.dk.
GTS = German Tolkien Society. www.tolkiengesellschaft.de.
HTS = Hungarian Tolkien Society. www.tolkien.hu.
ITS = Italian Tolkien Society. www.tolkien.it.
MythSoc = Mythopoeic Society, USA. www.mythsoc.org.
STM = Sociedad Tolkiendili de Mexico. www.tolkiendili.org.mx.
TS = Tolkien Society, United Kingdom. www.tolkiensociety.org.
TSU = Tolkien Society Unquendor, Netherland. www.unquendor.nl.
I would like to express my thanks for the individuals, societies, special interest groups and so who so kindly provided me with this information. This list will be updated regularly and I hope it will be of some use to you – to find those fellow Tolkiendili, Tolkienists, Tolkien fans, enthusiasts and friends in your neighbourhood!