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Thursday, September 2
 

3:00pm BST

Craft Room Challenge
Join me in the Cottage of Lost Play to take on one of a number of challenges. Whether you're creative or not, there'll be something for you, from Lego to Sculpture and all things in between.

For online delegates, we will be issuing the challenges on the day so you can send us photos or videos of your creations - so look out for an email on 2nd September.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gooding

Anne Gooding

Anne joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 for the Return of the Ring and attended her first Oxonmoot that year. The Cottage of Lost Play (or the Art and Craft Room) started in 2013 as a space for fun. She first picked up LoTR as a teenager. She can’t remember when she first read The... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

3:00pm BST

Registration
Thursday September 2, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm BST
6 - Ruth Deech Building Foyer

3:30pm BST

In-person Walking Tour of Oxford
Tolkien Society Trustee and Technology Officer Daniel Helen leads a walking tour of some of the chief locations associated with Tolkien in Oxford.

Owing to the Covid situation numbers are limited, and priority will be given to First Time attendees at Oxonmoot.

N.B. The walk is roughly 3.5 miles in total and will take about 2 hours.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Helen

Daniel Helen

Trustee, The Tolkien Society
Daniel is the Technology Officer and a Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society's digital operations.


Thursday September 2, 2021 3:30pm - 5:30pm BST
8 - Meet at Porters' Lodge

6:00pm BST

Stewards Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Elena Davison

Elena Davison

Elena joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 at The Return of the Ring in Loughborough. They seemed like a good bunch and many a friendship blossomed that week. Over the next few years, she picked up running the art show at Oxonmoot, followed by chairing the event itself in 2015-2017... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 6:00pm - 6:30pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activities)

6:30pm BST

In-person First Timers' Reception
An opportunity for those new to an in-person Oxonmoot to meet new friends, and find out a bit more about the Oxonmoot community and experience from the organisers and other "old hands".

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Elena Davison

Elena Davison

Elena joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 at The Return of the Ring in Loughborough. They seemed like a good bunch and many a friendship blossomed that week. Over the next few years, she picked up running the art show at Oxonmoot, followed by chairing the event itself in 2015-2017... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gunner

Shaun Gunner

Chair, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activities)

7:30pm BST

Welcome Dinner (Bookable)
Booked via the In Person booking form.

If you didn't book the meal and now feel you would like to join us, please email the Bookings Officer (bookings@oxonmoot.org).

All bookings for meals must be received by 8:00 am UK time on Saturday 14th August 2021.

Thursday September 2, 2021 7:30pm - 8:45pm BST
7 - Dining Hall

8:45pm BST

In-person Pub Quiz
Introduced in 2012 as an opening night icebreaker, Maggie and Mike Percival’s Oxonmoot Pub Quiz has become something of an institution.
This in-person version of the quiz will test a wide range of Tolkien knowledge, but the emphasis is on fun! We will help everyone to find a team to join - an ideal opportunity for everyone to meet up on the first evening of Oxonmoot.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Percival

Maggie Percival

Maggie Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1979, and has been known to say that doing so changed her life. She is best known in Tolkien circles as a costumer, notably for Elwing the White and Aratalindalë, the latter being her second Best in Show set at the World Science Fiction... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 8:45pm - 10:15pm BST
6 - Ruth Deech Building Foyer

9:00pm BST

Social Room: The Alliance of Arda
Join the Alliance of Arda (AoA) during the first evening of Oxonmoot!

AoA is a collective of Tolkien fans that support inclusivity and intersectionality within the Tolkien fandom and Tolkien studies. Join the founders and members of AoA for an easygoing chat about anything under the Two Trees! You do not need to be a member of AoA to attend.

Speakers
avatar for SR Westvik

SR Westvik

SR Westvik is a graduate of International Relations currently pursuing an MA in International War Studies. A lifelong Tolkien fan, they previously presented on Second Age politics at the Tolkien 2019 conference, and have been active as a musician and writer in the fandom for nearly... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 9:00pm - 10:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

10:15pm BST

Opening Ceremony
Including an overview of the event, welcome from Tolkien Society Chair Shaun Gunner, and essential information to help you get the best out of Oxonmoot.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Elena Davison

Elena Davison

Elena joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 at The Return of the Ring in Loughborough. They seemed like a good bunch and many a friendship blossomed that week. Over the next few years, she picked up running the art show at Oxonmoot, followed by chairing the event itself in 2015-2017... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gunner

Shaun Gunner

Chair, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 10:15pm - 10:30pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:30pm BST

The Nature of Middle-earth - an interview with Carl F. Hostetter
The Nature of Middle-earth brings together for the first time some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s final writings on Middle-earth, many never published before. This collection is being released in the UK and the USA on September 2nd, the same day that Oxonmoot 2021 is opening. Join Jeremy and Carl as they discuss the book and how Carl came to be its editor.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Edmonds

Jeremy Edmonds

Jeremy Edmonds is a longtime Tolkien Society member from the United States. He started the Tolkien Collector's Guide website in 2006, which won the 2019 Tolkien Society award for best website. Someday he hopes to attend Oxonmoot in person.
avatar for Carl F. Hostetter

Carl F. Hostetter

Carl F. Hostetter is the editor of The Nature of Middle-earth, which is being published on the first day of Oxonmoot 2021. He is a Tolkien scholar who has been previously entrusted with Tolkien’s linguistic materials, which he has published in the journal Vinyar Tengwar. He also... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 10:30pm - 11:30pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

11:30pm BST

Online First Timers' Gathering
An opportunity for those new to an Online Oxonmoot to meet new friends, and find out a bit more about the Oxonmoot community and experience from the organisers and other "old hands".

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Elena Davison

Elena Davison

Elena joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 at The Return of the Ring in Loughborough. They seemed like a good bunch and many a friendship blossomed that week. Over the next few years, she picked up running the art show at Oxonmoot, followed by chairing the event itself in 2015-2017... Read More →
avatar for Asli Johnston

Asli Johnston

US Time Zone Lead, Tolkien Society
Asli (she/her) is a Chief Officer aboard the merchant ships.For those familiar with how a cargo ship's command line works ; a Chief Officer is first in command after the Captain, in charge of anything you can imagine excluding the Captain. For the ones not familiar; she is Riker to... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gunner

Shaun Gunner

Chair, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now... Read More →


Thursday September 2, 2021 11:30pm - Friday September 3, 2021 12:30am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)
 
Friday, September 3
 

12:30am BST

Finding and Forming Fellowship in Philosophy
People of all ages approach Tolkien and connect to his works in individual ways, but it can be a challenge to find common ground when sharing it with readers of different backgrounds, faiths, moral codes, and maturity levels. This round-robin discussion will explore common ways of reading the texts in a way that will foster community and level the field. Whether you’re a parent wanting to gently nudge a child towards a love of fantasy or a friend who wants to share your love of Arda with others or an individual who wants to enhance their Tolkien journey, you can find tools to help yourself and others explore life’s big questions within the books on your shelf.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Olsen

Kathryn Olsen

Attendee, Kaki Olsen Creative
Kathryn Olsen lives in American Fork, Utah, and Lorienne Schwenk lives in Cambria, California. They are both published authors. While Lorienne is new to Tolkien, Kathryn has spent decades steeped in the legendarium. Together, they host the podcast A Sacred Fellowship., in which they... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 12:30am - 1:30am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

12:30am BST

Once Upon a Kitchen - a Cooking Demonstration
Leslie Bilderbeck is a classically trained chef, Certified Master Baker (CMB), culinary instructor, food writer and culinary historian. She holds a masters degree in art history, lecturing in art at local state and community colleges.

Join her as she demonstrates some recipes from her recently published book, Once Upon a Kitchen, a collection of 101 recipes inspired by Star Wars, Harry Potter, Merlin, Tolkien, Fairy Tales and more.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Bilderback

Leslie Bilderback

Leslie Bilderbeck is a classically trained chef, Certified Master Baker (CMB), culinary instructor, food writer and culinary historian. She holds a masters degree in art history, lecturing in art at local state and community colleges. She's written many cookbooks, including most recently... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 12:30am - 2:00am BST
0.2 - Online Only (Meeting Strand)

1:30am BST

Social Room (Ian Barnstead)
An open social room hosted by Ian Barnstead offering the chance to meet fellow online delegates and chat about - well, anything you fancy...

Speakers
avatar for Ian Barnstead

Ian Barnstead

Ian is a high school religion teacher in Western Kentucky. After reading The Hobbit in high school, he began a lifelong journey in Tolkien's works. An amateur scholar, he often uses Tolkien in philosophy lessons.


Friday September 3, 2021 1:30am - 2:30am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

2:00am BST

The Costuming Challenge (1)
This is a challenge with a difference, aiming to appeal to everyone. While it may have costume in the title, no sewing skills are required - just an ability to be, well, creative!

Join us, and have fun!

Speakers
avatar for Asli Johnston

Asli Johnston

US Time Zone Lead, Tolkien Society
Asli (she/her) is a Chief Officer aboard the merchant ships.For those familiar with how a cargo ship's command line works ; a Chief Officer is first in command after the Captain, in charge of anything you can imagine excluding the Captain. For the ones not familiar; she is Riker to... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Layden

Maureen Layden

Maureen began her love of all things Tolkien as a child, retaining a sense of wonder for nature, language, culture, myth, and the commitment to kindness and goodwill. She employs the professor’s values as physician for the US Veterans Health Administration and as a leader in quality... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 2:00am - 3:00am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

7:30am BST

Breakfast
Friday September 3, 2021 7:30am - 9:00am BST
7 - Dining Hall

9:15am BST

Dark Places of Middle-earth
The terrain, landscapes, architecture, and atmosphere of Middle-earth locations mostly correspond to the events that take place there and tell us more about their inhabitants, including the antagonists. This paper investigates grim, austere, and dangerous places of Middle-earth, built or transformed by the forces of evil and governed by the lust for power. Relying on Tolkien’s descriptions and illustrations, the paper discusses the tunnels of Goblin-town and Moria, Orthanc and Isengard, Dol Guldur and Mirkwood, Cirith Ungol and Minas Morgul, Barad-dûr and Mordor. In addition to Tolkien’s vision, their artistic portrayal is considered, especially the art of Alan Lee and John Howe. Although they may possess a certain aesthetic appeal in visual media, dark places of Middle-earth are menacing and gloomy, usually depicted with sharp edges, Gothic, spiky forms, uncomfortable angles, grand but creepy and aggressive structures endowed with an aura of malice, cruelty, terror, and oppression.

Speakers
avatar for Mina Lukić

Mina Lukić

Mina Lukić (1988) is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy in Kosovska Mitrovica. She holds both a BA and an MA in Art History, and is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, working on her thesis entitled "Heritage of Fictional Worlds in the... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 9:15am - 10:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

9:30am BST

Online First Timers' Gathering
An opportunity for those new to an Online Oxonmoot to meet new friends, and find out a bit more about the Oxonmoot community and experience from the organisers and other "old hands".

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Elena Davison

Elena Davison

Elena joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 at The Return of the Ring in Loughborough. They seemed like a good bunch and many a friendship blossomed that week. Over the next few years, she picked up running the art show at Oxonmoot, followed by chairing the event itself in 2015-2017... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

9:30am BST

Nerdanel's Workshop
Nerdanel's Workshop is an online Tolkien Society smial for artists from all over the world. Meetings usually include a series of creative prompts for all media following a set theme (The Shire in February, Hope & Courage in March, Rohan in July) and a show-and-tell of members sharing what they've been working on. Everyone is welcome, and sharing isn't mandatory. This is a safe, inclusive space for creatives to spark one's imagination and create without pressure.

Speakers
avatar for Marie Bretagnolle

Marie Bretagnolle

Marie Bretagnolle is a French doctoral student whose work focuses on the illustrations created for British and American editions of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien’s Middle-earth texts. She has presented her work at various Tolkien Society events since 2019, interviewed Alan Lee... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

9:30am BST

10:00am BST

A Modest Witness in Middle-earth: Reading the Intersection Between J.R.R. Tolkien and Donna Haraway
In her work 'Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©_Meets_OncoMouseTM', Donna Haraway examines cultural representations of scientific discovery, taking the reader on a textual & visual journey through a technoscientific world. In the process, she criticises conventional scientific objectivity, which is grounded in an ideal of the scientist as neutral or value-free; an ‘invisible’ modest witness who merely reflects the results from scientific experimentation but is not reported upon themselves. Tolkien’s ‘modest witnesses’, who see, then report, so that others may know, also complicate the boundary between knower & knowing, as they are often actively aware of playing a part within a narrative. This paper uses Haraway’s theory of the modest witness to explore the ways in which Tolkien references songs, tales, & the oral tradition of storytelling to underline the importance of being not just a witness to events, but an active participant in their reframing as historical narrative.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Chair of Faculty, Signum University
Dr Sara Brown lives in North Wales, UK. She was a high school English teacher for over twenty-five years but recently gave this up to work full time for Signum University, where she is Chair of the Language & Literature faculty and Thesis Coordinator for the MA Program. Sara completed... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:30am BST

Collecting early Tolkien Paperbacks - A homage to Barbara Remington and Pauline Baynes.
In the USA of the counter-culture generation, the Barbara Remington artwork for the Ballantine edition of LOTR, together with the related poster art, arguably became the look of Tolkien for a generation.

In the UK the Pauline Baynes triptych became the celebrated artwork for the first omnibus paperback edition, published by Allen & Unwin in 1968. 

The talk will explore the pleasures of collecting Tolkien paperbacks for their cover art, whilst celebrating the early designs for their novel and very different interpretations of the Middle Earth landscapes.

The talk will go on to deconstruct the contrasting artwork of Baynes and Remington. Both sets of cover art are triptychs, and imagine Tolkien’s world in a series of unforgettable vistas that arguably defined Tolkien for the counter-culture generation.

The talk will include a visual presentation of the related cover art and copies of the books and related ephemera will be on display in Oxford.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Trwoga

Chris Trwoga

Chris Trwoga is a collector of Tolkien books and artwork. His particular interest is in the landscapes of Middle-earth both as a walker and past mountaineer, and as an author of four books relating to the interpretation of landscapes.He is currently working on a book that combines... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:30am BST

The Second Age: Everything from Aldarion to Amazon
The 2020s are seeing a resurgence of interest in the Second Age, in many ways because of the upcoming TV series. Join in for an informal discussion about the Second Age, where we’ll chat about everything from Aldarion to Amazon, sharing our thoughts about lore, interpretation, and adaptation. Do come with a willingness to share openly, listen respectfully, and engage in good faith with your fellow Tolkien fans!

Speakers
avatar for SR Westvik

SR Westvik

SR Westvik is a graduate of International Relations currently pursuing an MA in International War Studies. A lifelong Tolkien fan, they previously presented on Second Age politics at the Tolkien 2019 conference, and have been active as a musician and writer in the fandom for nearly... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

11:00am BST

Craft Room
Drop in to the Craft Room in person or online to join Anne for chat and sharing of activities.

Lots of ideas will be available for you to try, or just enjoy the company.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gooding

Anne Gooding

Anne joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 for the Return of the Ring and attended her first Oxonmoot that year. The Cottage of Lost Play (or the Art and Craft Room) started in 2013 as a space for fun. She first picked up LoTR as a teenager. She can’t remember when she first read The... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 11:00am - 12:15pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

11:15am BST

Fantasy Lockdown
Jay’s unique and fresh approach to Middle-earth astounded everyone at Return of the Ring conference in 2012 and has since gone from strength to strength. He has exhibited, spoken & been guest of honour at Tolkien & Fantasy events across the UK, Europe & the US. His art can be seen in Museums & collections worldwide. As well as his own books, his illustrations also adorn the covers of Tolkien writers. He founded the scififantasynetwork.com and also runs HJMS an award winning marketing agency.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnstone

Jay’s unique and fresh approach to Middle-earth astounded everyone at Return of the Ring conference in 2013 and has since gone from strength to strength. He has exhibited, spoken & been guest of honour at Tolkien & Fantasy events across the UK, Europe & the US. His art can be seen... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

12:00pm BST

STACs Coffee Shop Open for Lunch
In addition to drinks, cakes, paninis, toasties, etc. STACs Coffee Shop offers a selection of handmade pizzas using sustainably sourced sourdough bases and a small selection of bottled beers, wines and soft drinks. The ideal way to grab a quick meal without leaving site.

Friday September 3, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm BST
7 - STACs Coffee Shop

12:15pm BST

Tolkien, the Eucatastrophe and fighting the Long Defeat in the face of tragedy
The existence of grief underpins many key chapters in The Silmarillion. This paper examines the multifaceted way Tolkien includes grief, from its part within the creation story of the Ainulindale and the role of Nienna, through the lens of the eucatastrophe - 'the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy', and the 'long defeat'. Grief is found to be part of creation, a healer, and punishment within The Silmarillion. Most importantly it is almost wholly synonymous with beauty and strength. Through the interweaving of Tolkien's fictional writing and his own neologism of the 'eucatastrophe' I examine the lessons of strength we can learn, especially during times of great upheaval such as now. To learn through Grief is to better yourself – as taught through Nienna. To not submit to it and to let beauty arise out of it is key, allowing us to combat the 'long defeat' in our daily lives. What can be learnt in grief and the eucatastrophe, we can translate to our own experience.

Speakers
avatar for Gee Rennison

Gee Rennison

Gee (they/them) is a postgraduate student studying Fantasy Literature at the University of Glasgow. They received their BA in English Literature from Manchester Metropolitan University, having written their undergraduate dissertation on structures of grief and the eucatastrophe in... Read More →



Friday September 3, 2021 12:15pm - 12:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

12:15pm BST

Collecting Drop-in
The Collecting Drop-in is a place for anyone interested in collecting anything related to Tolkien to meet and chat. Show off your favourite items, tell your stories of research and the joy of getting an object you were after, or pick up tips from others who have been there before. A must for all Tolkien collectors.

Friday September 3, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

12:15pm BST

The Costuming Challenge (2)
This is a challenge with a difference, aiming to appeal to everyone. While it may have costume in the title, no sewing skills are required - just an ability to be, well, creative!

Join us, and have fun!

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

12:45pm BST

The Silmarillion, The Mythological Cycle & Kingship
The High-elves of the First Age are purposefully modeled after the Tuatha Dé Dannan.
The paper explores how & why this is so & what function it has with regards to Tolkien's conception of kingship.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Viscusi

Robert Viscusi

Robert Viscusi is a Berlin-based native New York writer & filmmaker with a particular interest in the function of epic poetry and it's oral tradition as the basis and wellspring of western literature.


Friday September 3, 2021 12:45pm - 1:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

1:45pm BST

Alan Lee’s Talking Landscapes
This paper will examine how landscapes are alive, and play an essential role in Alan Lee’s illustrations. Forests reflect the atmosphere, or mood of the story at a particular moment. While retaining their natural shape, volume, and lines, caves or underground tunnels are re-worked and re-designed to become habitable, and represent the beings inhabiting them. Though Nature has encroached upon them, left-over ruins tell the story of an earlier age. Open vistas talk as much about the world, and culture of that place, as about the story unfolding at that time/era. Dramatic moments are captured in natural surroundings that reflect the mood of that moment. Nature is not just the backdrop in Alan Lee’s illustrations, but helps to provide the history of the place, tells the tale, moves the plot forward, and gives clues as to the potential outcome of the story.

Speakers
avatar for Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza has an MA in English Literature, and is an Independent Scholar. She has presented numerous papers on Fantasy (mainly Tolkien) at the Popular Culture Association (2018), NeMLA (2018), Oxonmoot (2018, 2019, and 2020), TS Seminar (2008, 2018, & 2021), World Con (2019), CoNZealand... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

1:45pm BST

Scents of Lothlorien - A creativity workshop
*[Please take a notebook or workbook with you for taking notes after the visualization*]

Scents of Lothlorien is an immaginative journey in Lothlàrien, focusing on a multi-sensorial experience, enabling creative inner resources. 

We will begin with a guided visualization; then we will have a short journaling exercise.

The participants will work in small groups, sharing the personal experience and choosing for each group some sensorial elements to share with all others that can describe their common feeling about how they imagined Lothlorien. The workshop will end with sharing groups work.

***
Aim of the workshop is to let people play with their senses, exploring the interconnection between imagination and sensory experiences.
The workshop will allow them to discover a personal emotional ground to share with others, understanding commonalities and differences.

Speakers
avatar for Elena Cobez

Elena Cobez

Elena Cobez is a creativity coach and an aromatherapy expert.She collaborates with the Humanistic Studies Department at the University of Calabria for hosting Olfactory Labs.She lives and works in Trieste (Italy), offering courses about creativity and consultancies throughout Italy... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

1:45pm BST

Social Room: Law & Government
A social room hosted by Murray Smith, to discuss Tolkien's attitude to Law and Government.

Speakers
avatar for Murray Smith

Murray Smith

Murray Smith was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. A fan of Tolkien and his works since the age of twelve − when he began reading a copy of The Hobbit, found when moving house with his family − he joined the Tolkien Society in 2002. A member of the Bar of Ireland since 1999... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

1:45pm BST

Craft Room
Drop in to the Craft Room in person or online to join Anne for chat and sharing of activities.

Lots of ideas will be available for you to try, or just enjoy the company.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gooding

Anne Gooding

Anne joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 for the Return of the Ring and attended her first Oxonmoot that year. The Cottage of Lost Play (or the Art and Craft Room) started in 2013 as a space for fun. She first picked up LoTR as a teenager. She can’t remember when she first read The... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

2:00pm BST

Hobbit Hike
Ever thought that a bit of fresh air and exercise would be a good thing at Oxonmoot?

Join Maggie on a gentle hike (approximately 2 miles each way) across the University Parks and along the banks of the Cherwell. A short delay may happen at The Victoria Arms, though Maggie wants to be back for Just a Minute, so hopefully not too long a one!

Please wear sensible shoes. Note that in the event of inclement weather this may be cancelled or re-arranged at short notice.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Percival

Maggie Percival

Maggie Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1979, and has been known to say that doing so changed her life. She is best known in Tolkien circles as a costumer, notably for Elwing the White and Aratalindalë, the latter being her second Best in Show set at the World Science Fiction... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 2:00pm - 4:30pm BST
8 - Meet at Porters' Lodge

2:45pm BST

Some Notes on Barad-dûr
How high was the Dark Tower? is a question that has been discussed in the Society's Facebook group. I take a look at what we know or can surmise about Sauron's stronghold.

Speakers
avatar for Beregond

Beregond

Member 231 of the Tolkien Society, known as Beregond. Editor of Arda and Arda Philology.


Friday September 3, 2021 2:45pm - 3:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

2:45pm BST

Poetry Drop-in
An opportunity to meet others with an interest in poetry. Discuss your favourite Tolkien poems. Share hints and tips on composing your own Tolkien inspired poetry. Or take the subject more broadly, and consider the poetry of Middle-earth as a whole. The scope is vast!

Friday September 3, 2021 2:45pm - 3:45pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

3:00pm BST

Social Room: "Finding Solace in Tolkien's Works"
The last 18 months have been tough for all of us, but many of us have used the time granted by lockdowns to return to Tolkien's writings, and to explore some that we have never explored before.

Join Maureen Layden to share how you have found solace in Tolkien's works, and recommend your favourite items to others.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Layden

Maureen Layden

Maureen began her love of all things Tolkien as a child, retaining a sense of wonder for nature, language, culture, myth, and the commitment to kindness and goodwill. She employs the professor’s values as physician for the US Veterans Health Administration and as a leader in quality... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

3:00pm BST

Art Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnstone

Jay’s unique and fresh approach to Middle-earth astounded everyone at Return of the Ring conference in 2013 and has since gone from strength to strength. He has exhibited, spoken & been guest of honour at Tolkien & Fantasy events across the UK, Europe & the US. His art can be seen... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

3:15pm BST

Leadership in Middle-earth: The Influence of Tolkien's Faith
As a devout Catholic, Tolkien's writing is heavily influenced by his faith. His writing also contains many examples of both positive and negative leadership behaviors and traits. Characters from "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" that are positive leaders are viewed to make ethical decisions. Tolkien likely viewed ethical decisions to be those that adhere to a set of virtues fundamental to his religious beliefs. One such widely known set of virtues is the Cardinal Virtues. The Cardinal Virtues include prudence (judging things wisely), justice (promoting fairness and human rights), fortitude (using courage and determination to guide actions), and temperance (restraining personal desire and passion) (Richert, 2019). In Middle-earth, good leaders achieve results that benefit a group in a moral manner, and they do so by modeling the Cardinal Virtues. This presentation will draw from examples of and comparisons between leaders in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

Speakers
avatar for Mike Urick

Mike Urick

Graduate Director, Saint Vincent College
Dr. Michael Urick is a Graduate Director and Associate Professor at Saint Vincent College (USA). Urick has authored over fifty publications including three books and dozens of peer reviewed articles/chapters. Many of these are related to linking popular culture to theories, leadership... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 3:15pm - 3:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

3:45pm BST

Panel: Tolkien in translation
Tolkien’s works have been translated into a wide variety of languages. As a translator of several pieces from Old and Middle English himself, we can see from some of Tolkien’s letters to his editors that he had given serious consideration to how his work should be translated, especially in the case of names, and particularly in those languages he was most familiar with. Join us in this panel, where translators, as well as Translation Studies scholars, will discuss the challenges of translating the works of JRR Tolkien, how the translations to different languages have been assessed, the need for retranslations on a periodic basis, as well as the strategies behind the translation of Tolkien criticism.
Panelists: Marcel Aubron-Bülles, José Manuel Ferrández Bru, César Martínez, Alicia Matz and Arden Smith

Moderators
avatar for Martha Celis-Mendoza

Martha Celis-Mendoza

Universidad Iberoamericana
Martha Celis-Mendoza (Mexico, Universidad Iberoamericana) is a lecturer and translator; she holds a PhD. in Hispanic Literatures and an MA in Translation, both from El Colegio de México, and a BA in English from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a dissertation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Matz

Alicia Matz

Alicia Matz began her PhD career at Boston University in the fall of 2017. She earned her BA in Classics in 2015 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and her MA in Classics from Rutgers University in 2017. Her research interests include Augustan literature, politics... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Aubron-Bülles

Marcel Aubron-Bülles

Independent scholar
Marcel Aubron-Bülles is the author of thetolkienist.com, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You c... Read More →
avatar for José Manuel Ferrández-Bru

José Manuel Ferrández-Bru

José Manuel Ferrández Bru, independent scholar (Spain)  José Manuel has been involved during the last thirty years in tasks of dissemination and research on Tolkien's life and work, first as founder and first chairman of the Tolkien Society of Spain and subsequently publishing... Read More →
avatar for Arden Smith

Arden Smith

I'm interested in everything related to Tolkien, but especially his invented languages and writing systems, as well as translations of his works.


Friday September 3, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

3:45pm BST

They come in pints
This is a light hearted walk through Middle Earth's the pubs and drinking spaces, and linking them to real places that Tolkien may or may not have visited.

Speakers
avatar for Niamh Riordain

Niamh Riordain

Fellowship of the Golden Perch
The Fellowship of the Golden Perch smial was established at the TS conference in Loughborough. The smail meets regularly to discover new ales and enjoy a pint or two in honour of the Professor. Event will be run by Niamh Riordain and Stephan Richards.


Friday September 3, 2021 3:45pm - 4:45pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

5:00pm BST

Just a Minute in Middle-earth
Just a Minute is a cultural icon in the UK - one of the longest running panel games on BBC radio. In the game, panellists are challenged to speak for a minute on a subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation. Points are gained by other panellists who successfully challenge the speaker, or by the speaker for an incorrect challenge. The results are frequently hilarious - if you don't believe us, watch this recording from Tolkien 2019.

In this Middle-earth version, join Lyn and her guests as they try once again to talk for - Just a Minute.

Speakers
avatar for Lyn Wilshire

Lyn Wilshire

Lyn is a long-standing member of the Tolkien Society, and was a Trustee up to the 2021 AGM. She has participated in the Masquerade and Ents in the past, contributing skits, sketches and musical moments, although the latter are within a group and she is not allowed a microphone. At... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

5:00pm BST

Writing Drop-in
Ever since Tolkien's works were first published, people have been inspired to write their own fiction - both original, and "fan-fiction" set in his worlds.

Join this drop-in to meet others who share a passion for writing. Compare notes, share ideas, exchange hints and tips, or maybe even come up with a plan to collaborate!

Friday September 3, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

6:00pm BST

The Tolkien Experience Podcast
The Tolkien Experience podcast won the 2020 Tolkien Society Award for best online content. The hosts of the podcast, Sara, Sarah, and Luke, host a live conversation and take questions from the audience. They will be joined by some past guests from the show, so it will be a lively session with many names you may recognize!

Speakers
avatar for Luke Shelton

Luke Shelton

Luke Shelton currently serves as the Editor-in-chief for Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society. He is a recent PhD graduate of the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he was one of the first students to graduate from UofG’s Centre for Fantasy and... Read More →
avatar for Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Chair of Faculty, Signum University
Dr Sara Brown lives in North Wales, UK. She was a high school English teacher for over twenty-five years but recently gave this up to work full time for Signum University, where she is Chair of the Language & Literature faculty and Thesis Coordinator for the MA Program. Sara completed... Read More →
avatar for SR Westvik

SR Westvik

SR Westvik is a graduate of International Relations currently pursuing an MA in International War Studies. A lifelong Tolkien fan, they previously presented on Second Age politics at the Tolkien 2019 conference, and have been active as a musician and writer in the fandom for nearly... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

6:30pm BST

Social Room: Middle-earth Fauna
Join Moira Calder in a social room themed around the Fauna of Middle-earth.

Speakers
avatar for Moira Calder

Moira Calder

Middle Earth fauna, familiar and fantastic


Friday September 3, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

7:30pm BST

Fellowship Dinner (Bookable)
Booked via the In Person booking form.

If you didn't book the meal and now feel you would like to join us, please email the Bookings Officer (bookings@oxonmoot.org).

All bookings for meals must be received by 8:00 am UK time on Saturday 14th August 2021.

Friday September 3, 2021 7:30pm - 9:00pm BST
7 - Dining Hall

7:30pm BST

Toasts & Breakout Rooms
Fellowship has always been a key theme of Oxonmoot, and a big part of that is our shared meals, especially the Saturday lunch which is the one occasion when we all come together.
So how to recreate that experience for our Online delegates?
We will join the in person delegates at the start of the Fellowship Dinner and, in the manner of Faramir at Henneth Annûn, begin by facing West in our respective locations. We will follow that with the toasts which are traditional at Tolkien Society dinners. And then we will “seat” you at “tables” with your fellow delegates (assign you to Zoom Meeting breakout rooms) to share whatever meal is appropriate to the time of day where you are – or just to meet and chat with other delegates.
So, bring a drink for the toasts, arrange for the food of your choice, and importantly make sure you know which way is West!

Friday September 3, 2021 7:30pm - 9:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

9:00pm BST

Languages Q&A
A chance to put all the questions you have ever wanted to ask about Tolkien's languages to one of the foremost authorities - Carl F. Hostetter.

We will be asking for questions in advance to give us a chance to consolidate them so we can cover as much ground as possible in the time. 

Speakers
avatar for Carl F. Hostetter

Carl F. Hostetter

Carl F. Hostetter is the editor of The Nature of Middle-earth, which is being published on the first day of Oxonmoot 2021. He is a Tolkien scholar who has been previously entrusted with Tolkien’s linguistic materials, which he has published in the journal Vinyar Tengwar. He also... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 9:00pm - 10:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

9:00pm BST

Poetry Drop-in
An opportunity to meet others with an interest in poetry. Discuss your favourite Tolkien poems. Share hints and tips on composing your own Tolkien inspired poetry. Or take the subject more broadly, and consider the poetry of Middle-earth as a whole. The scope is vast!

Friday September 3, 2021 9:00pm - 10:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

9:00pm BST

A Long-expected Party
It's two years since we were last able to party at Oxonmoot, and in that time a number of members have celebrated significant birthdays and other milestones - while the rest of us just love a hobbit-style party.

Join us for an evening of games, jolification and the traditional hobbit exchange of "mathoms".

Friday September 3, 2021 9:00pm - 11:00pm BST
8 - Main Quad (Weather Permitting)

10:00pm BST

Languages Drop-In
Tolkien's invented languages lie at the heart of his creation of Middle-earth.

Join this drop-in to meet others with a shared interest in languages. Share knowledge, or seek answers to the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Friday September 3, 2021 10:00pm - 11:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

10:00pm BST

Online Quiz
Introduced in 2012 as an opening night icebreaker, Maggie and Mike Percival’s Oxonmoot Pub Quiz has become something of an institution, which has translated successfully to an online format through the use of Kahoot! The Quiz will cover all aspects of Tolkien knowledge – but the main objective is to have fun!
You’ll need a second device (e.g. a phone) to join the Kahoot! game, but full instructions will be provided on the night.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Percival

Maggie Percival

Maggie Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1979, and has been known to say that doing so changed her life. She is best known in Tolkien circles as a costumer, notably for Elwing the White and Aratalindalë, the latter being her second Best in Show set at the World Science Fiction... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 10:00pm - 11:30pm BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

11:00pm BST

Telerin Circle
The Telerin Circle is one of the longest running recurring events at Oxonmoot. Hosted by Denis Bridoux, it provides an opportunity for members to read aloud their favourite passages from Tolkien’s works – or just to listen to others, and perhaps discover something they had never encountered before. The Circle is a reflective event – we don’t invite comments on people’s choice of reading, though we do ask readers to explain briefly why they have chosen the specific passage. Bring your favourite passage (maximum 5 minutes reading time please) ready to read – no need to register in advance.

Speakers
avatar for Denis Bridoux

Denis Bridoux

An expert on Tolkien’s art, Denis Bridoux collaborates with the Aubusson French National Tapestry Museum for their Aubusson Tisse Tolkien project. With the Estate’s permission, he has been releasing articles in Beyond Bree, amongst which on Tolkien’s 1904 rebus letter to Father... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 11:00pm - Saturday September 4, 2021 1:00am BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

11:30pm BST

The Influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on Kentaro Miura--How Lord of the Rings Helped Inspire Berserk
In this paper, I argue that Lord of the Rings has a major impact on Kentaro Miura's Berserk--I analyze the similarities between Tolkien's text and Miura's Berserk panels. I dissect how the themes of good and evil are similar and the ways in which Miura borrowed from Lord of the Rings, in order to create his own original creatures. Importantly, I look at the hero's journey throughout Lord of the Rings, and how these themes are reflected throughout Berserk. Kentaro Miura's interviews, where he discusses his inspiration for Berserk, will be taken into account. Miura recently passed away, and left a legacy as deep and intense as Tolkien did. My work, marries the two greats together, and analyzes how they are similar, the ways Tolkien influenced Miura, and what other sources the two authors took inspiration from.

Speakers
avatar for Minna Nizam

Minna Nizam

In 2017, Minna Nizam graduated from Drew University with a degree in Art History and History, while minoring in Medieval Studies. Currently, Minna is a second year graduate student at Sarah Lawrence College pursuing an M.A in Women's History. Minna is also working on a fantasy series... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 11:30pm - Saturday September 4, 2021 12:00am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

11:30pm BST

Multilingual Tolkien, a translation workshop
Would you like to experience the words of Tolkien's works in a language other than English (or other than your own, if you are an international delegate)? Discover how you can understand much more than you think while exploring an assortment of passages of your favorite Tolkien's works in a variety of languages. The texts will be provided by the activity organizers, though, as it progresses, the participants will be able to share from the versions in their own languages. 

Speakers
avatar for Martha Celis-Mendoza

Martha Celis-Mendoza

Universidad Iberoamericana
Martha Celis-Mendoza (Mexico, Universidad Iberoamericana) is a lecturer and translator; she holds a PhD. in Hispanic Literatures and an MA in Translation, both from El Colegio de México, and a BA in English from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a dissertation... Read More →
avatar for Aline Esperanza Maza Vázquez

Aline Esperanza Maza Vázquez

Aline Esperanza Maza Vázquez (Mexico, AMETLI) is a geophysical engineer, and translator in the making. She is fluent in English, French, German, and is currently studying Korean. Collaborator of the online literary broadcast project Crónicas D&D. Avid reader, aspiring polyglot... Read More →


Friday September 3, 2021 11:30pm - Saturday September 4, 2021 12:30am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)
 
Saturday, September 4
 

12:00am BST

Quis enim laesos impune putaret esse deos?: Ents, Sacred Groves, and the Cost of Desecration
Seneca the Younger, in his Letters, describes a sacred grove as a “thick grove of ancient trees which rise far above the usual height and block the view of the sky with their umbrella of intertwining branches” (Seneca the Younger Letters 41.3). Fangorn Forest is clearly a sacred site as defined by Seneca, made even more sacred by the presence of the Ents. Thus, to violate it would Thus, to violate it would be a terrible act of desecration, as Lucan, in the quote from the title of this talk, suggests in describing Caesar’s desecration of the sacred grove at Massilia. After exploring the relationship between Ents and sacred groves, the second half of the paper will compare the fate of Caesar to that of Saruman, who violated Fangorn Forest. Just as Augoustakis (2006) argues that the violation of the grove echoes Caesar's death, so too Saruman’s death at the hands of Wormtongue act as fitting punishment for his violation of Fangorn.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Matz

Alicia Matz

Alicia Matz began her PhD career at Boston University in the fall of 2017. She earned her BA in Classics in 2015 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and her MA in Classics from Rutgers University in 2017. Her research interests include Augustan literature, politics... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 12:00am - 12:30am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

12:30am BST

When Enchantment Turns Rigid: The Scouring of the Shire
"The Scouring of the Shire" creates a shocking change of mood in "The Lord of the Rings." Although the reader has been immersed in the sadness of fading enchantments, and Merry's comment as the hobbits approach the Shire that "It seems almost like a dream that has slowly faded" is consistent with this mood of quiet disenchantment, Frodo's response that "To me it feels more like falling asleep again" suggests that the hobbits are about to encounter a different kind of enchantment. Indeed, the Shire has fallen under the rigid spell of totalitarianism because Lotho and a few others found meaning in their lives by submitting to a selfish Chief. This shift in mood from wondrous enchantment to totalitarianism depicts a vulnerability of enchanted experience that Tolkien saw play out in Nazi Germany ("...perverting...that noble northern spirit...which I have ever loved"--Letters 45) and that we can recognize in alt-right fascination with Tolkien and medievalism.

Speakers
avatar for John Rosegrant

John Rosegrant

John Rosegrant's book Tolkien, Enchantment, and Loss: Steps on the Developmental Journey will be published later this year. John has loved Tolkien's works since The Hobbit was read to him when he was six. He grew up to be a psychoanalyst who has helped adults, teens, and children... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 12:30am - 1:00am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

1:00am BST

"Slain ye Shall be": Eschatological Morality and the House of Fëanor in The Silmarillion
This paper expands on existing analyses of the eschatology of Tolkien’s invented mythology by seeking to understand its relationship to Tolkien's exploration of morality, primarily in The Silmarillion. With consideration given to Tolkien’s medieval and spiritual influences, this paper offers new insights into the text by engaging closely with the often overlooked story of the sons of Fëanor. It finds that this throughline narrative functions as an important vehicle through which Tolkien explores and complicates ideas of morality and mortality, as the narrative treatment of the Fëanorians highlights the complex relationship between morality and processes of death and afterlife, often employed as a reward for heroism or a punishment for evil. It is because of these complexities that The Silmarillion is able to communicate its central emotional thrust: fatalistic faith and Tolkienian eucatastrophe.

Speakers
avatar for Ash Anteau

Ash Anteau

Ash Anteau is a postgraduate independent scholar from Bowling Green, Ohio. She has been a Tolkien fan since childhood, and a Tolkien scholar since she began researching and writing about The Silmarillion while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Beyond Tolkien, her interests include... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 1:00am - 1:30am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

1:00am BST

Numenor: Discussions on the Land of Gift
Getting psyched about the new Amazon show set in and around Tolkien's 2nd Age? Went to spend and evening sitting and talking with friends about Numenor for all it's splendor and glory as well as it's problems and shortcomings? 

Come join the Friends of Mr. Underhill, Houston Texas Tolkien Socety as we discuss with you everything from Origins of Akallabeth, Description of the isle from Unfinished Tales, to Aldarian & Erendis selections and Letter 156, connections to the Fall. All are welcome to our Smial event!

Speakers
avatar for Chad High

Chad High

Texas Tolkien Talk Podcast
Chad High has been a Tolkien enthusiast since the early 1990's when he read The Hobbit for the first time. He has never read anything by The Professor that didn't bring him joy. He is a bit of a collector and by his reckoning has one of the bigger collections in the state of Texas... Read More →
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Friends of Mr Underhill

The Friends of Mr. Underhill, Houston Texas Tolkien Society Smial chapter, are a group of excellent and admirable Hobbits who have been meeting for over two years at various locations in and around our city. We have about 35 active members and online subscribers who are share a passion... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 1:00am - 2:00am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

1:30am BST

Crafts Drop-in
The physical Craft Room may be in Oxford, but this drop-in offers the opportunity for those with an interest in any form of craft to meet up online.

Whether it's knitting, needlecraft, papercraft, modelling, or any other type of craft, join the session to discuss hints and tips, or share completed, current or future projects. 

Saturday September 4, 2021 1:30am - 2:30am BST
0.2 - Online Only (Meeting Strand)

2:30am BST

Food and Drink in Middle-earth Drop In
There's a little bit of Hobbit in all of us - and one thing we all love is the good, simple food of the Shire.

Join this drop-in to meet others with a shared interest in the food and drink of Middle-earth. Discuss the beers of the Green Dragon and the Prancing Pony, share recipes for stewed rabbit, or what might be closest to lembas - or any other matters which come to mind.

Saturday September 4, 2021 2:30am - 3:30am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

3:30am BST

So You Want To Write Fanfiction? Writer's Roundtable Discussion
THE ROOM FOR THE SESSION IS ROOM 21. This roundtable discussion of fanfiction authors will include reading of excerpts, discussions based on why the participants write fanfiction, their methods, and Q&A with the audience. 

Zhie has over thirty years of experience writing fanfiction, with the last twenty spent mainly focused on fanfiction and fanart based on Tolkien's writings. While much of it is based in Arda and about Elves, a diversity of topics and ages is encountered, as well as exploration of Tolkien's other stories with derivative works. 

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AnnEllspethRaven has been writing fanfiction for five years and is a co-author of the longest English narrative fanfic, At the Edge of Lasg'len -- a story in the Tolkien/ Silmarillion fandom.

AO3 Link

Link to Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Zhie

Zhie

Zhie is the leader of Gondolin, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Smial of the Tolkien Society and a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month living in the greater Milwaukee area with husband Mark (aka Smaug), a fellow Tolkien aficionado, and their menagerie, including dog Trotter... Read More →



Saturday September 4, 2021 3:30am - 5:00am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

8:00am BST

Breakfast
Saturday September 4, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am BST
7 - Dining Hall

9:00am BST

More than just a red beard: Farmer Giles’s Neronian links
Among the scholarly jokes made by J.R.R.Tolkien in 'Farmer Giles of Ham', one has been overlooked. Among the eponymous hero’s Latin names is that of ‘Ahenobarbus’, meaning ‘red (or bronze) beard’. As well as an actual description of his beard, it is also the cognomen, or hereditary family nickname, of a branch of the Domitii, an aristocratic family of ancient Rome. One member is well known. Born in 37 AD, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus would later become better known as Nero (r. 54-68 AD), the fifth Emperor of Rome, with a particular reputation for tyranny and depravity. 

The talk explores the possibilities of why Tolkien particularly chose that name for Giles, building another layer below the obvious one in the story. One is that it is both a tongue in cheek and a serious contrast of Giles and Nero, particularly as monarchs. Second, I believe there to be a particular personal element to this, based on a friendship that began in school, a story, and a related poem and a parody of it.

Speakers
avatar for Murray Smith

Murray Smith

Murray Smith was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. A fan of Tolkien and his works since the age of twelve − when he began reading a copy of The Hobbit, found when moving house with his family − he joined the Tolkien Society in 2002. A member of the Bar of Ireland since 1999... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

9:30am BST

The anarchist roots of Tom Bombadil
Once the mysterious character "par excellence", Tom Bombadil has been so closedly analyzed by scholars and fans alike (as well as expunged from the more "mainstream" imaginarium) that a talk about him is at risk of either sounding naive or falling on deaf ears. Is there still something to be said about old Tom? By adopting a double-faced hermeneutical approach, i.e making use of Tolkien's epistolary without surrendering to the dogma of authorial exhaustiveness, I will try to place the character in the context of LOTR's contradictory approach to power: between Aragorn's journey to the throne of Gondor, and the Ring's allure, Tom Bombadil arises as an emissary of anarchy as well as a message of political hope amidst the unavoidable compromises that power requires. In an increasingly authoritarian political landscape, Tom Bombadil still offers us a chance to re-think our own relationship with authority, presenting us with the choice (and the cost) of getting out of society itself.

Speakers
avatar for Luca Pappalardo

Luca Pappalardo

PhD gradute in Corporate Law, Bachelor's student in Philosophy, long-time Tolkien enthusiast.


Saturday September 4, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

9:30am BST

Craft Room
Drop in to the Craft Room in person or online to join Anne for chat and sharing of activities.

Lots of ideas will be available for you to try, or just enjoy the company.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Gooding

Anne Gooding

Anne joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 for the Return of the Ring and attended her first Oxonmoot that year. The Cottage of Lost Play (or the Art and Craft Room) started in 2013 as a space for fun. She first picked up LoTR as a teenager. She can’t remember when she first read The... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 9:30am - 12:45pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

9:30am BST

Dealers Room & Art Show
Saturday September 4, 2021 9:30am - 5:00pm BST
4 - Danson Room (Art & Dealers)

10:00am BST

Two Boys at the Seaside
While investigating the references to Tolkien’s unpublished sketches of Trwyn Llanbedrog in North Wales I found that some of the archived sketches bore a striking resemblance to other features of the coastline near Llanbedrog. This paper outlines this investigation and goes on to present an argument for alternative locations for two published sketches. The two sketches in question appear in Hammond and Scull’s J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator and Chronology with the titles ‘Ship at Anchor’ and ‘Two Boys at the Seaside’.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Spittlehouse

Ian Spittlehouse

Ian Spittlehouse has been a Tolkien Society member since 2004 and is a long-standing contributor to the Southfarthing Smial, Southampton, England. His involvement with the Society has included the role of Officer Without Portfolio (2010 – 2016) during which time he liaised with... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:00am BST

Food and Drink in Middle-earth Drop In
There's a little bit of Hobbit in all of us - and one thing we all love is the good, simple food of the Shire.

Join this drop-in to meet others with a shared interest in the food and drink of Middle-earth. Discuss the beers of the Green Dragon and the Prancing Pony, share recipes for stewed rabbit, or what might be closest to lembas - or any other matters which come to mind.

Saturday September 4, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

10:00am BST

Bake-Off Submissions
Saturday September 4, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am BST
6 - Ruth Deech Building Foyer

10:30am BST

"These are not the Silmarilli you are looking for" - A source study of Tolkien's Silmarilli
Tolkien's precious stones made by Fëanor, and stolen by Melkor, are so important to the Legendarium they hardly could escape critical attention. Verlyn Flieger considers them as a reflection of the Two Trees of Valinor, but only Alexander Lewis and Elizabeth Currie tried to find a source for them, and identified it in the Holy Grail as a stone from Paradise, formerly set in the crown of Lucifer. Without necessarily contraddicting either of them, I propose as a source for the Silmarilli another rare stone from Paradise which was instead given to Alexander the Great according to medieval legends Tolkien certainly knew.

Speakers
avatar for Giovanni Carmine Costabile

Giovanni Carmine Costabile

Giovanni Carmine Costabile (MPhil) is an independent scholar, translator, and teacher. Published in academic journals Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, and Inklings Jahrbuch, in the Tolkien Society Peter Roe series, and in a Walking Tree volume which was finalist at Tolkien Society Awards... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:30am BST

#OxonRun
A new venture for 2021.

Join the Elf from the 2020 Masquerade on a gentle 5k through the Parks and along the Cherwell. Shake out the cobwebs, and set yourself up for the second half of Oxonmoot.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am BST
8 - Meet at Porters' Lodge

11:15am BST

Doodles by Tolkien, or: Númenórean Arts and Crafts - An anthropological exploration of the Númenórean culture based on its remaining artefacts
Much of Tolkien’s late art, post Lord of the Rings, 90% of which still remains unpublished, consists chiefly of doodles and doodle-based composite pieces of great diversity. He attributed their origin to the Númenóreans, an island-based civilisation which vanished in the late Second Age and was survived only by its colonies on Middle-earth. So, if we were to study these from an archaeological perspective, what could we learn about Númenor, its inhabitants and its culture by studying them and cross-referencing them with our own world’s equivalent? After exploring the subject of doodles and Tolkien’s favoured medium in the 1960s, our brief survey will attempt to answer these questions and, in so doing, uncover Tolkien’s grand scheme about his artistic corpus during the recapitulative period of his life and show how it fits with the intentions which he had first expressed in The Lord of the Rings.

Speakers
avatar for Denis Bridoux

Denis Bridoux

An expert on Tolkien’s art, Denis Bridoux collaborates with the Aubusson French National Tapestry Museum for their Aubusson Tisse Tolkien project. With the Estate’s permission, he has been releasing articles in Beyond Bree, amongst which on Tolkien’s 1904 rebus letter to Father... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

11:15am BST

Tolkien and non-European Myths – A Discussion Group
Since Tolkien created his own myths for Middle-Earth and beyond, readers and fans can’t help comparing them to other legends. Since most folk-tales have certain common elements, this seems to be the case with Tolkien’s sub-creations as well. While many parallels with European myths can be found in Tolkien’s works, readers & scholars from other non-European countries can relate to many aspects of Tolkien’s myths as well.

In this Discussion Group we’ll be exploring how his readers from other continents can point out various elements of his Legendarium that are similar to mythic aspects of their own regions. These could consist of story structures, sub-plots, individuals/beings/entities/creatures, characterizations, character arcs, story arcs, archetypes, place descriptions, metaphorical or symbolic interpretations of events/conditions, or plot devices. Readers and fans are invited to pitch in, and to tell us about how they read/see Tolkien’s Legendarium from the mythic perspectives/lens of their own cultural background.

Speakers
avatar for Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza has an MA in English Literature, and is an Independent Scholar. She has presented numerous papers on Fantasy (mainly Tolkien) at the Popular Culture Association (2018), NeMLA (2018), Oxonmoot (2018, 2019, and 2020), TS Seminar (2008, 2018, & 2021), World Con (2019), CoNZealand... Read More →
avatar for SR Westvik

SR Westvik

SR Westvik is a graduate of International Relations currently pursuing an MA in International War Studies. A lifelong Tolkien fan, they previously presented on Second Age politics at the Tolkien 2019 conference, and have been active as a musician and writer in the fandom for nearly... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 11:15am - 12:45pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

12:15pm BST

Invisible disability in Middle Earth
Indirectly this is a Cov19 interpretation of LotR the text, bearing in mind adaptations for other media. The focus is on: disability made invisible by conventions of genre and medium; ‘invisible disability’, specifically mental distress; The Ring, enabler or disabler, with its power of invisibility; finally, models of healing of traumatic stress. Exploring an often-overlooked aspect of diversity offers another take on how Tolkien’s masterpiece resonates, and offers hope, in a time of pandemic.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Brooker

Jennifer Brooker

Jennifer's precious 1st-edition copy of the famous Geo. Allen & Unwin one-volume PB edition of The Lord of the Rings really was a birthday present – on turning 9. It is now a very battered PB, and seriously not a collector’s item. Her university education was at Oxford (Modern... Read More →



Saturday September 4, 2021 12:15pm - 12:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

12:30pm BST

Lunch (provided)
Saturday September 4, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm BST
7 - Dining Hall

1:45pm BST

Panel: Global Tolkien
Why does Tolkien’s fiction have a global appeal? Why are people from all continents drawn to Tolkien’s stories? What does that tell us about common human values? Only works of depth and substance can garner such a massive following all over the world. Conversely, have the 6 Peter Jackson films, and various games drawn in fans who’re more interested in the action/adventure or violence, and war aspects of the films and games than in the core values embedded in the stories? Should we encourage diverse readings of Tolkien from different geographical locations? Can this coming together of readers from different countries foster an international fellowship, as outlined in his books? Or conversely, should his fans be confined to people of just one race or ethnicity? If the view-points, readings, or ideas of POC readers are not acceptable by some fans, then should POC readers be allowed to consume these books/films/games? Should POC fans be limited to being consumers, but not commentators?

Moderators
avatar for Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza has an MA in English Literature, and is an Independent Scholar. She has presented numerous papers on Fantasy (mainly Tolkien) at the Popular Culture Association (2018), NeMLA (2018), Oxonmoot (2018, 2019, and 2020), TS Seminar (2008, 2018, & 2021), World Con (2019), CoNZealand... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ali Ghaderi

Ali Ghaderi

Ali Ghaderi holds a PhD in English literature from Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran. His research interests include high fantasy, continental and analytical philosophy, films/TV shows and contemporary American and British literature and popular culture. His PhD was mainly concerned... Read More →
avatar for Gözde Ersoy

Gözde Ersoy

Gözde Ersoy is an assistant professor of English Literature at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey. She received her PhD in English Literature from Brunel University, London (UK) in 2016, with a thesis entitled “Trajectories, thresholds, transformations: Coming of age in... Read More →
avatar for María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez

María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez

María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez studied English literature and linguistics in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She wrote her thesis on gender studies in Tolkien’s works, focussing on feminism. She promotes the love for literature, art and nature in her online forest, Books... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 1:45pm - 2:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

1:45pm BST

Art Demonstration
Speakers
avatar for Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnstone

Jay’s unique and fresh approach to Middle-earth astounded everyone at Return of the Ring conference in 2013 and has since gone from strength to strength. He has exhibited, spoken & been guest of honour at Tolkien & Fantasy events across the UK, Europe & the US. His art can be seen... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 1:45pm - 3:15pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

1:45pm BST

Say it The Tolkien Way: Learning to write indicative descriptions in Tolkien's style.
In this workshop we're going to learn to identify the literary style Tolkien uses to indicate a fact, context, relationship or concept in his descriptive text. In the workshop we'll show examples from his work and an explanation of his techniques. Then the workshop will produce their own examples using Tolkien's technique.
Sounds intimidating but is easy & fun.

Bring Writing Implements (notebook, Notebook, etc.)

Speakers
avatar for Robert Viscusi

Robert Viscusi

Robert Viscusi is a Berlin-based native New York writer & filmmaker with a particular interest in the function of epic poetry and it's oral tradition as the basis and wellspring of western literature.


Saturday September 4, 2021 1:45pm - 3:15pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

2:45pm BST

Tar-Meneldur and the Sorontil Royal Observatory
Tar-Meneldur, the fifth king of Númenor, is the best documented astronomer (Q. Meneldil) in the history of Middle-earth. He carefully watched the motions of heavens from his private observatory tower in the northern heights of the island until the duties of being king interfered. This presentation will compare Tar-Menedur to the lives of real-world astronomer-nobles; critique his observatory location and choice of architecture (hint: a far better choice than Orthanc, the other Middle-earth observatory tower); speculate on the instrumentation and observation routine most closely aligned with the talents of a far-sighted pre-telescopic astronomer (and the navigational needs of a seafaring nation on a flat planet); and finally suggest real world controversies surrounding observatories at Oxford, Greenwich, and Edinburgh that may have informed Tolkien's inclusion of this character's particular avocation.

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Larsen

Kristine Larsen

Professor of Astronomy, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Kristine Larsen is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University, where her teaching and research focus on the intersections between science and society. Her work on the uses of ancient, medieval, and modern science in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 2:45pm - 3:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

3:00pm BST

Global Tolkien Discussion Group
Though Tolkien’s novels were very successful in the last century, after the Peter Jackson trilogy in the early 2000s, their reach increased to encompass the globe. Irrespective of geographical or linguistic differences, they spoke to all of us in different ways. In this informal discussion group, you are welcome to just listen or to share your thoughts/reactions/ take on various aspects of Tolkien’s works, mainly his Legendarium. Whether you first came across his books or films, please feel free to tell us about what struck you most about them. Which aspects of various characters, value systems, races, cultural mores, mythical elements etc. did you relate to most? What reminded you of facets of your own traditions/legends/classical stories from your region? In what ways do you project familiar elements from your culture onto Tolkien’s works and vice versa? What is the glue that binds so many fans, readers, viewers, scholars together from all over the world?

Speakers
avatar for Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza

Sultana Raza has an MA in English Literature, and is an Independent Scholar. She has presented numerous papers on Fantasy (mainly Tolkien) at the Popular Culture Association (2018), NeMLA (2018), Oxonmoot (2018, 2019, and 2020), TS Seminar (2008, 2018, & 2021), World Con (2019), CoNZealand... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

3:00pm BST

So You Want To Write Fanfiction? Poetry Workshop
This workshop will focus on writing poetry, both in the styles found in Tolkien’s Middle-earth, as well as writing poetry about Tolkien's works and characters in other poetic forms. Please come prepared with whatever you need for writing (laptop, pen and paper, typewriter, etc.). Opportunities to share throughout the workshop will be available, but it is not required for participation.

Worksheets for this session can be found in the presentation files; you can also make copies of the Google Doc versions by accessing them here.

The presentation can be found here.



Speakers
avatar for Zhie

Zhie

Zhie is the leader of Gondolin, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Smial of the Tolkien Society and a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month living in the greater Milwaukee area with husband Mark (aka Smaug), a fellow Tolkien aficionado, and their menagerie, including dog Trotter... Read More →



Saturday September 4, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm BST
0.2 - Online Only (Meeting Strand)

3:15pm BST

Dance Fitness in Middle Earth!
Join us for a dance fitness hour with a playlist that gives a nod to the professor and the world assembled at Oxenmoot 2021. Come and enjoy a chance to laugh, sing, and dance together after a very long year of challenges great and small. Everyone is welcome to go hard, take it easy, or cheer on the group! The music will go on, I will then give nonverbal instruction so you can follow along or do your own thing. We love a solo moment! The class starts with a warm up and ends with a gentle stretch.

Comfortable clothing, cross training shoes, a towel, bottle of water, computer with a camera and speaker are good to have. It helps to have a well lit space to dance that is free of any obstruction you may bump into or slip on. You are also very welcome to dance in your chair if you want to! Remember, as with any activity, speak to your healthcare professional if you have any concerns if a dance fitness class is right for you!
If you have a small flag, fan, or momento to wave as a prop you can bring that too! Yasssss!

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Layden

Maureen Layden

Maureen began her love of all things Tolkien as a child, retaining a sense of wonder for nature, language, culture, myth, and the commitment to kindness and goodwill. She employs the professor’s values as physician for the US Veterans Health Administration and as a leader in quality... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

3:15pm BST

The Tolkien Art Show
An Oxonmoot Institution. Former Archivist and editor of Mallorn Len Sanford shares a sample of the 3,000 pieces of Tolkien artwork he has collected over the years – some serious, some less so. Audience participation is essential!

Speakers
avatar for Len Sanford

Len Sanford

Len has been a TS member since 1990, and was the editor of Mallorn for eight years. For some years he was the Society’s archivist, following Christina Scull who had made a collection of over 1,000 slides showing examples of Tolkien related art and illustration. Before she left for... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 3:15pm - 4:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

4:00pm BST

Languages Drop-In
Tolkien's invented languages lie at the heart of his creation of Middle-earth.

Join this drop-in to meet others with a shared interest in languages. Share knowledge, or seek answers to the questions you have always wanted to ask.

Saturday September 4, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

4:30pm BST

A Letter to a Friend – the ‘King’s Letter’ as Para-text in The Lord of the Rings
The ‘King’s Letter’ is a para-textual element composed by Tolkien as part of the original Epilogue to his The Lord of the Rings – sadly cut from the final book. In this letter, composed entirely in Tolkien’s invented Elvish language of Sindarin, King Elessar - in the 16th year of the Fourth Age of Middle-earth - sends greetings to his good friend and colleague Samwise Gamgee and his family. In the letter, King Elessar informs Sam that he will be travelling close to the borders of the Shire and would like to meet with him. The cut Epilogue with a version of the ‘Kings Letter’ appeared in the ninth volume of The History of Middle Earth: Sauron Defeated with two other variations - as well as a specimen in the Elvish writing system of Tengwar - appearing in other sources. In this paper I will briefly explore the importance of the ‘Kings Letter’ in Tolkien’s world-building from a ‘lit and lang’ perspective.

Speakers
avatar for A Higgins

A Higgins

Dr Andrew Higgins is an independent scholar whose research focuses on the role of invented language in all forms of speculative texts. In 2016 he co-edited with Dr Dimitra Fimi A Secret Vice - Tolkien on Language Invention published by HarperCollins. He has published chapters in various... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 4:30pm - 5:00pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

5:00pm BST

363 days to go - can I get excited yet?
On Friday 2nd September 2022, Amazon will release the first episode of the new Lord of the Rings TV series. Join Tolkien Society chair Shaun Gunner and his panel as they discuss their hopes, fears and expectations for the series - and answer the question "can I get excited yet"?

Moderators
avatar for Shaun Gunner

Shaun Gunner

Chair, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Una McCormack

Una McCormack

Novelist
avatar for Marie Bretagnolle

Marie Bretagnolle

Marie Bretagnolle is a French doctoral student whose work focuses on the illustrations created for British and American editions of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien’s Middle-earth texts. She has presented her work at various Tolkien Society events since 2019, interviewed Alan Lee... Read More →
avatar for Alan Sisto

Alan Sisto

Owner / Co-host, The Prancing Pony Podcast
I've been co-hosting The Prancing Pony Podcast for more than five years, with my co-host Shawn Marchese. We're fortunate to be a part of a vibrant Tolkien community, and are very humbled to have received the 2020 Tolkien Society Award for Best Online Content. We look forward to many... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Aubron-Bülles

Marcel Aubron-Bülles

Independent scholar
Marcel Aubron-Bülles is the author of thetolkienist.com, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You c... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

6:00pm BST

STACs Coffee Shop open for Dinner
In addition to drinks, cakes, paninis, toasties, etc. STACs Coffee Shop offers a selection of handmade pizzas using sustainably sourced sourdough bases and a small selection of bottled beers, wines and soft drinks. The ideal way to grab a quick meal without leaving site.

Saturday September 4, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm BST
7 - STACs Coffee Shop

6:15pm BST

An evening with... Dimitra Fimi
Dr Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature, and Co-Director of the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow. She has published two award-winning monographs (Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History, 2008, and Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children's Fantasy, 2017), and has co-edited original work by Tolkien in A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages (HaperCollins, 2016). She has taught courses on Tolkien and fantasy literature for 15 years, and has supervised numerous Masters dissertations and PhD theses on Tolkien. She sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and the Journal of Tolkien Research, and she regularly contributes to radio and TV programmes on Tolkien and fantasy literature.

Celebrating her receipt of the Outstanding Contribution award in the 2021 Tolkien Society Awards, we are delighted to welcome Dimitra for an hour of informal discussion and Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Dimitra Fimi

Dimitra Fimi

Dr Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children's Literature, and Co-Director of the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow. She has published two award-winning monographs (Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History, 2008, and Celtic Myth in Contemporary... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gunner

Shaun Gunner

Chair, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 6:15pm - 7:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

7:15pm BST

Dinner Time Breakout Rooms
A dinner break - and time to socialise with delegates from around the world - as we create Breakout Rooms and encourage our online delegates to mingle with friends old and new.

Saturday September 4, 2021 7:15pm - 8:30pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

8:30pm BST

Entertainments & Masquerade
Since the earliest days of Oxonmoot, members have provided entertainment for each other in the form of Songs, Dances and Sketches.
This year, for the first time, we will combine physical performances in Oxford with online presentations from performers across the globe, all of them waiting to share their talents with you all!
At some point during the evening we will run our Costume Masquerade, providing an opportunity for the costumers amongst us to showcase their talents.
Sit back and enjoy (unless, of course, you are performing)!

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Thorn

Catherine Thorn

Catherine has been to more Oxonmoots than she can remember since joining the Tolkien Society in 1982, and has frequently taken part in Ents - generally musical but some serious and some comic, of which the most outrageous has to be as the back end of a pantomime dragon. She and her... Read More →
avatar for Helen Armstrong

Helen Armstrong

Helen Armstrong joined the Tolkien Society around 1974 from UCL London Hobbit Soc and gradually got involved with things like being Secretary, contributing occasionally to Amon Hen and Mallorn (editing one edition in 2014), and, chiefly, Oxonmoot.In the early 1980s at Oxford Town... Read More →
avatar for Pete Clark

Pete Clark

Pete has been involved in performing parody songs, often very silly ones, since first coming to Oxonmoot in the 1990s. He was a founder member of The Taruithorn Singers, the filk group of the Oxford Tolkien Society.


Saturday September 4, 2021 8:30pm - 11:30pm BST
7 - Dining Hall & Online (Webinar Strand)

11:15pm BST

Poetry Reading
Back by popular demand following the inaugural poetry reading at Oxonmoot 2020.
Join us to hear works by the poets amongst our delegates, while others will read their favourite poems by Tolkien and his associates. Follow the poems in the Oxonmoot Online Anthology, which you can find below! 

Speakers
avatar for María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez

María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez

María Fernanda Chávez Guiñez studied English literature and linguistics in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She wrote her thesis on gender studies in Tolkien’s works, focussing on feminism. She promotes the love for literature, art and nature in her online forest, Books... Read More →



Saturday September 4, 2021 11:15pm - Sunday September 5, 2021 12:45am BST
3 - Edoras (Discussions & Activites) & Online (Meeting Strand)

11:30pm BST

Treasure, Balrogs, and Environmental Exploitation: Anti-Dwarf prejudice in the Third Age
(With coauthor Kaelyn Harris)

Dwarves are the subject of significant prejudice in Middle-earth, particularly on the part of the Elves. In the Third Age, this prejudice is most apparent in the jailing of Thorin’s company by Thranduil, Celeborn’s attribution of the devastation of the Balrog to the Dwarves, and Legolas’s claim that the Dwarves would destroy Aglarond. Interestingly, this prejudice seems to be shared by many scholarly and popular interpretations of The Lord of the Rings: scholars consider the Dwarves basically greedy, interested in accumulating wealth and unconcerned with the natural world, and Peter Jackson’s interpretation of the Dwarves, represented by Gimli, participates in this narrative. However, these perspectives neglect to consider the Dwarves fairly, especially rejecting Dwarven perspectives of their own culture. This paper will explore three instances of anti-Dwarf prejudice in the Third Age, endeavoring to give the Dwarves a more fair reading.

Speakers
avatar for Kenton Sena

Kenton Sena

Lecturer, Lewis Honors College, University of Kentucky
Kenton Sena holds a B.A. in Biology from Asbury University, and an M.S. in Forestry and a Ph.D. in Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences from the University of Kentucky. His research and professional interests include urban forest ecology, forest restoration, and ecology and the environment... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 11:30pm - Sunday September 5, 2021 12:00am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

11:30pm BST

Social Room: "Three Cheers for the Professor"
Join Maureen Layden as she toasts the Professor.

Bring some beers to taste, share your thoughts about what makes a good beer, and relax in a convivial atmosphere the Professor would certainly have recognised.

Maureen grows her own hops, and makes her own beer.

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Layden

Maureen Layden

Maureen began her love of all things Tolkien as a child, retaining a sense of wonder for nature, language, culture, myth, and the commitment to kindness and goodwill. She employs the professor’s values as physician for the US Veterans Health Administration and as a leader in quality... Read More →


Saturday September 4, 2021 11:30pm - Sunday September 5, 2021 12:30am BST
0.2 - Online Only (Meeting Strand)

11:45pm BST

Adaptations Drop-in
Whether it be the forthcoming series on Amazon Prime, the Peter Jackson movies, the BBC Radio Dramatisation, the Lord of the Ring Musical, or many other examples, Tolkien's works have been adapted for stage, screen and radio on many occasions.

Join this drop-in to meet others who love to see Tolkien's stories through the lens of adaptations.

Saturday September 4, 2021 11:45pm - Sunday September 5, 2021 12:45am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)
 
Sunday, September 5
 

12:00am BST

Rivendell, the Place of Leisure
Many philosophers define leisure as the goal of human activity, with leisure being defined as stepping out of the world to re-collect one's self. It is the realm of art and contemplation. My paper will look at the ways Rivendell is a place of leisure throughout the books, as a bookend to adventure and a fitting place to retire to. Being that leisure activities, like art, are done to be enjoyed in and of themselves, they provide an escape from the world. I will also connect Rivendell as a place of leisure to the need for escape that Tolkien discusses in On Fairy-Stories and how that can shape how we view leisure in our modern world.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Barnstead

Ian Barnstead

Ian is a high school religion teacher in Western Kentucky. After reading The Hobbit in high school, he began a lifelong journey in Tolkien's works. An amateur scholar, he often uses Tolkien in philosophy lessons.


Sunday September 5, 2021 12:00am - 12:30am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

12:00am BST

Double Knit: Fellowship of the Ring scarf
Intro to double knit technique, sharing a Fellowship of the Ring scarf.
You don't need to know how to knit - you can learn that easily enough (though Iwon't be teaching basic knitting), and then try this technique and make your own patterns.
But knowledge of knit and purl stitches will allow you to jump right in.
Plan to provide yourself with a pair of straight knitting needles - any size; 2 different colors of yarn, any size but they should be the same weights.
Here is the bulk of the pattern - it is a free download from ravelry.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-fellowship-of-the-ring 

the rest of the patterns are uploaded as files. feel free to copy, keep, use.

Speakers
avatar for Jossalyn Emslie

Jossalyn Emslie

Tolkien fan; speculative fiction fan; reader; yarn crafterjossemslie@yahoo.com


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Sunday September 5, 2021 12:00am - 1:30am BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

12:30am BST

‘A Song of Greater Power’: Analyzing Christian Figures in Sir Orfeo and The Lay of Leithian
My paper aims to compare the medieval lay "Sir Orfeo" with J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Lay of Leithian", as I believe that Tolkien intentionally borrowed from this romance in the construction of his own work. I initially analyze the form and meter of both poems in order to show how heavily Tolkien borrows from the medieval work. After this, I argue that Tolkien views Orfeo as a Christian figure, whose suffering and ultimate salvation mirrors the individual Christian journey towards salvation. However, in an attempt to update this work, Tolkien recreates and expands upon the original by divvying up Orfeo's role between two characters, a man and a woman. In the same way "Sir Orfeo" updated the original Orpheus myth to be relatable to medieval Christians, I ultimately argue that Tolkien is expanding upon this definition even further by including women, and thus making his work more reflective of the modern Christian experience.

Speakers
avatar for Mitchell Milam

Mitchell Milam

Mitchell Milam recently got his Master of Arts in English at Texas Tech University. Milam has presented at two previous conferences, the South Central Renaissance Conference and the Arts and Humanities Graduate Student Research Conference. While Milam presented on Shakespeare and... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 12:30am - 1:00am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

12:45am BST

Writing Drop-in
Ever since Tolkien's works were first published, people have been inspired to write their own fiction - both original, and "fan-fiction" set in his worlds.

Join this drop-in to meet others who share a passion for writing. Compare notes, share ideas, exchange hints and tips, or maybe even come up with a plan to collaborate!

Sunday September 5, 2021 12:45am - 1:45am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

1:00am BST

Tolkien's Tragedy: Exploring the Children of Hurin
I have been working on consolidating versions of the Children of Hurin and writing essays related to it as a personal project and this talk is a condensed one based on a Second Breakfast Smial presentation I gave following Oxonmoot 2020.

The goal is to have readers consider how Tolkien presented himself as a translator of history, that one version of a story may be perspective based and not ‘more correct’ than another, to meet the authors and translators of the stories including Dirhavel (Unfinished Tales), Aelfwine (War of the Jewels), Penegold the Wise of Gondolin (Shaping of Middle Earth), Eltas (The Book of Lost Tales 2) and to consider how these stories are similar and different particularly the endings.

In this talk I plan to address some high-level topics:
  • My Approach to Reading Tolkien
  • The Standard Story Structure
  • The Versions/Volumes of the Children of Hurin & the Authors and Translators of Each
  • The Story Endings:
  • Deaths of the Family Members Due to the Curse
  • The Wanderings of Hurin

Speakers
avatar for Ross Nunamaker

Ross Nunamaker

Ross Nunamaker is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a degree in interdisciplinary studies in history, philosophy and political science, He later received a certification in project management at Cal-Berkeley.He joined the Tolkien Society on 1 January following the online... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 1:00am - 1:30am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

1:45am BST

Art Drop-in
Tolkien's stories have provided inspiration for illustrators and artists for many years.

Join this drop-in to meet other with an interest in Tolkien art. Share your projects, exchange hints and tips, or discuss your favourite artists and illustrations - the choice is yours.

Sunday September 5, 2021 1:45am - 2:45am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

1:45am BST

Collecting Drop-in
The Collecting Drop-in is a place for anyone interested in collecting anything related to Tolkien to meet and chat. Show off your favourite items, tell your stories of research and the joy of getting an object you were after, or pick up tips from others who have been there before. A must for all Tolkien collectors.

Sunday September 5, 2021 1:45am - 2:45am BST
0.2 - Online Only (Meeting Strand)

3:00am BST

Lord of the Rings Online
Adventure in Middle-earth, or just watch other adventurers from the comfort of your couch.  Watch, or participate in, a Live Stream of Lord of the Rings Online, focusing on how-to fast level to 20, with commentary from long-time players.  In the play-along version, start your Elf or Dwarf character at the intro with us and bring a new character in for fast leveling; for those who are watching, you get to sit back and enjoy the action.  Registration for play-along required in advance; watchers are not required to pre-register, but it is appreciated. If playing along, please download the game and create your character in advance!

If you want to play along, please fill out the following form (https://forms.gle/uU8tDLLqX8DivyNV9) so that we can look for you in the game! (Due to the game's 'fellowship' limitations, play-along is limited to 10 players.  All watchers --except the watcher in the water-- are welcome!)

Speakers
avatar for Zhie

Zhie

Zhie is the leader of Gondolin, the Milwaukee Wisconsin Smial of the Tolkien Society and a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month living in the greater Milwaukee area with husband Mark (aka Smaug), a fellow Tolkien aficionado, and their menagerie, including dog Trotter... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 3:00am - 4:30am BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)

7:30am BST

Breakfast
Sunday September 5, 2021 7:30am - 9:30am BST
7 - Dining Hall

9:30am BST

The Spirit of Women in Tolkien’s Arda: The Representation of Love and Female Identity in Beren and Lúthien
Arda’s ladies have complex identities. Although they play a few crucial roles, they are by no means less influential than men in Arda’s history. Building on this and focusing on Beren and Lúthien’s story, I intend to address the representation of female identity in relation to the course of ‘History’ Tolkien created. To do so, I will investigate the concepts of identity and love in Lúthien’s subjectivity under the paradigms introduced through Judith Butler’s feministic reading of Hegel’s view on love. Butler argues that the object of desire is born through performativity of its representation over time. Accordingly, I will argue that pairs of love/loss and desire/lack lead Lúthien to uncertainty, otherness, and ambivalence. In return, this transforms Lúthien’s journey into a representation of love and a path of desire for recognition. Consequently, this desire forges for her identity a great asset to exercise its power and freedom to define and shape the spirit of her age.

Speakers
avatar for Ali Ghaderi

Ali Ghaderi

Ali Ghaderi holds a PhD in English literature from Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran. His research interests include high fantasy, continental and analytical philosophy, films/TV shows and contemporary American and British literature and popular culture. His PhD was mainly concerned... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:00am BST

The Representation of Human Agency in Roverandom (1925)
John Clute devised his model of full-fantasy in 1997 and then updated it in 2011. According to him, there are four gradual phases in fantasy: wrongness, thinning, recognition, and return. Roverandom can be identified as a smaller scale portal-quest fantasy, whereby the fantastic appears through entries, negotiations, transitions, and personal dealings. In this quest, the goal for Rover is to regain the original dog size and qualities. Throughout the paper presentation, I would like to explain the transforming adventures of the novel with a fictionalized maturation framework developed by me. The name of the model is "The Representation of Human Agency in Quest Fantasy Literature" (2016). Through drawing on from philosphy, psychology, sociology, and educational theories, it aims to outline the tracks and social integration processes within the adventurous journeys. Inspired by Clute's model, the new model offers to substantiate the stages of self-growth within fantasy fiction novels.

Speakers
avatar for Gözde Ersoy

Gözde Ersoy

Gözde Ersoy is an assistant professor of English Literature at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Turkey. She received her PhD in English Literature from Brunel University, London (UK) in 2016, with a thesis entitled “Trajectories, thresholds, transformations: Coming of age in... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 10:00am - 10:30am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:30am BST

Same Branch
An in depth analysis of Tolkien family tree from a different perspective, exploring the history of the Tolkien family tree , how the name arrived in Britain and the effects of association to JRR Tolkien

Speakers
avatar for Timothy Tolkien

Timothy Tolkien

Born at the turn of the century in Bristol, aspiring playwright and writer, part of the Tolkien family tree, a different branch to the professor's.


Sunday September 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

10:30am BST

Costume Masquerade Show-and-Tell
Costumers love learning from one another - and just because some of our Masqueraders are online doesn't mean we shouldn't provide an opportunity for people to share at Oxonmoot too. Masquerade participants and anyone interested in costume are invited to come together with the Masquerade team to discuss their experiences in making their costumes, and share the tricks and tips they used.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Thorn

Catherine Thorn

Catherine has been to more Oxonmoots than she can remember since joining the Tolkien Society in 1982, and has frequently taken part in Ents - generally musical but some serious and some comic, of which the most outrageous has to be as the back end of a pantomime dragon. She and her... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am BST
2 - The Cottage of Lost Play (Craft) & Online (Meeting Strand)

11:00am BST

The Most Dreaded Question: Is Light a Wave or a Particle (in Eä)?
Among Tolkien’s inventions, light is one of the most intriguing imageries to be found in the secondary world. This paper answers the most classic question of physics about light, whether it is a wave or a particle, for the secondary world: this is by no means a physics article but a literary experiment welcoming a multidisciplinary approach. In a letter to his son Christopher, Tolkien mentions ‘a sudden vision (or perhaps apperception)’ (99) he has in St Gregory’s church: he perceives the Light of God in which there is one small mote with which he identifies, but he also sees the connection between the Light and mote as one individual ray, which he describes as a line. This paper asserts that Tolkien regards light imagery in the primary world as both a wave and a particle, and introduces his observation into his secondary world: the unstoppable photons, which are particles forming light and also acting like waves in the primary world, reverberate in the form of the Flame Imperishable.

Speakers
avatar for Asli Bulbul

Asli Bulbul

Asli Bulbul is a postgraduate in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow and studies light imagery as the diegetic world-builder in J.R.R. Tolkien's secondary world. She received her BA from Istanbul University and MA from Istanbul Aydin University, both degrees... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

11:30am BST

Addenda: One Middle English Manuscript and Four Editions of Medieval Works Known to J. R. R. Tolkien and What They Reveal
This paper proposes the addition of four items to “Section A” of Oronzo Cilli’s Tolkien’s Library: An Annotated Checklist (2019) and the inclusion of complementary information to two other entries after demonstrating J. R. R. Tolkien’s ownership and acquaintance with the volumes. Tolkien’s contribution to Derek J. Price’s editorial labor and possession of photostats of The Equatorie of the Planetis (c. 1393) as well as editions of Handlyng Synne (started in 1303), Ormulum (c. 1170-1180) and Heimskringla (c. 1220-1230) seem mere encyclopedic data in appearance. However, the addenda reveal strong potential for future investigations by disclosing: the reasons behind Tolkien’s personal interest in scribal corruption, an attempt to anglicize Old Norse dróttkvætt verse, the whereabouts of a batch of twenty to thirty books owned by him, further scholarly attention paid to Handlyng Synne and Ormulum, and Christopher Tolkien’s friendship with Eric Christiansen.

Speakers
avatar for Andoni Cossio

Andoni Cossio

UPV/EHU
Andoni Cossio (UPV/EHU) is working on a PhD dissertation entitled The Evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ecological Perspective through the Portrayal of Trees and Forests: From The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings. He is sponsored by Predoctoral Funding, financed by the Basque Government... Read More →



Sunday September 5, 2021 11:30am - 12:00pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)

12:00pm BST

STACs Coffee Shop open for Lunch
In addition to drinks, cakes, paninis, toasties, etc. STACs Coffee Shop offers a selection of handmade pizzas using sustainably sourced sourdough bases and a small selection of bottled beers, wines and soft drinks. The ideal way to grab a quick meal without leaving site.

Sunday September 5, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
7 - STACs Coffee Shop

12:15pm BST

A folly without warrant: Farmer Giles, place-names and philology
armer Giles, book-Latin, place-names and a German philologist.

Speakers
avatar for David Doughan

David Doughan

TS member since 1981. See entry on me in Tolkien Gateway.


Sunday September 5, 2021 12:15pm - 12:45pm BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

12:45pm BST

Tolkien's Suitcase
I have been wondering, failing any information from those two reliable biographers Carpenter and Garth, just how Tolkien’s personal effects: books, student notes, papers, drawings, and clothes, survived between his leaving Oxford for the army, and then reuniting with Edith and with his possessions after he came back to England. His younger brother Hilary had already gone into the army, and I assume he didn’t travel to Jane Neave’s home, to leave possessions there.  

I therefore conjectured a suitcase, perhaps the one which he took to Oxford when he went up, and which he would not need for the army, and filled it with fairly lightweight and very important items which Edith would look after for him. Having listed its likely contents, I began to compile a list of all the other items which we know survived the War, and are still extant today, and considered where they could have been stored.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Yates

Jessica Yates

Jessica Yates read English at LMH Oxford, qualified as a librarian in London, and joined the Tolkien Society in 1972; she is thus one of its longest serving members. She has served as Secretary and Amon Hen editor in the 1970s, was a founder member of Oxonmoot, and has published many... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 12:45pm - 1:15pm BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

1:15pm BST

The Dúnadan’s Burden? Or, examining shades of imperialism in Tolkien’s Second Age tales. 
When the ills of imperialism meet the texts of Tolkien, the prime culprit for examination is, invariably, the island nation of Númenor. Yet the fallout of a world adapting to the major systemic shock of the War of Wrath is one that invites subtler forms of imperialism, presented with a benign slant in the texts that, through close reading, consideration of in-text bias, and application of both political and international relations theory, soon becomes far more insidious. Focusing criticism of Númenor on the hubris of later years minimises the original roots laid prior to the War of the Elves and Sauron, based on First Age ideas endorsing Númenoreans taking up the burden of aiding Middle-earth. It also sidesteps the enduring cultural imperialism of the Elves, both Noldor and Sindar. This paper will review the origins of imperialism in the Second Age of Middle-earth as a function of the exceptionalism cultivated in the First Age – and in doing so, illuminate its legacy in later Ages.

Speakers
avatar for SR Westvik

SR Westvik

SR Westvik is a graduate of International Relations currently pursuing an MA in International War Studies. A lifelong Tolkien fan, they previously presented on Second Age politics at the Tolkien 2019 conference, and have been active as a musician and writer in the fandom for nearly... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 1:15pm - 1:45pm BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)

1:15pm BST

Coaches to Wolvercote
Sunday September 5, 2021 1:15pm - 2:00pm BST
8 - Meet at Porters' Lodge

2:00pm BST

Enyalië
The traditional end of Oxonmoot, and the one event which has featured every year, Enyalië is our time for reflection on the man who has brought us all together – Professor J.R.R. Tolkien.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Percival

Mike Percival

Mike Percival joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. A year later at his first Oxonmoot he thought to himself "the ambience of this party would be improved by using some stage lighting for the Ents". And the rest is history. Apart from doing tech at Oxonmoot almost ever since, Mike has... Read More →
avatar for Elena Davison

Elena Davison

Elena joined the Tolkien Society in 2012 at The Return of the Ring in Loughborough. They seemed like a good bunch and many a friendship blossomed that week. Over the next few years, she picked up running the art show at Oxonmoot, followed by chairing the event itself in 2015-2017... Read More →
avatar for Denis Bridoux

Denis Bridoux

An expert on Tolkien’s art, Denis Bridoux collaborates with the Aubusson French National Tapestry Museum for their Aubusson Tisse Tolkien project. With the Estate’s permission, he has been releasing articles in Beyond Bree, amongst which on Tolkien’s 1904 rebus letter to Father... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Gunner

Shaun Gunner

Chair, The Tolkien Society
Shaun Gunner is the Chair of the Tolkien Society. Shaun has served as the chair since 2013, and has worked to reshape the Society to be a more modern, more open and more international organisation. During Shaun’s tenure as chair, the Society’s membership has quintupled and now... Read More →


Sunday September 5, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm BST
9 - Wolvercote Cemetery & Online (Webinar Strand)

2:30pm BST

"Dead Orcs" Breakout Rooms
After the formal end of Oxonmoot, "Dead Orcs" refers to the informal gatherings of exhausted mooters who reflect on what they've done, look forward to next year, and wish each other a fond farewell.

For our online delegates, we will re-create this experience using Breakout Rooms which will remain available for as long as anyone wants to use them.

Sunday September 5, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm BST
0.1 Online Only (Meeting Strand)
 
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