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Thursday, September 2
 

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

11:30pm 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 →
avatar for Friends of Mr Underhill

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. 

AO3 Link

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)

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)

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)

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)

12:30am 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)

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)

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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