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Tolkien Society Seminar at Loncon 3
14 August 2014
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ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre

The Tolkien Society’s 2014 Seminar will be on Thursday 14th August, and be part of the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), which is being held at the ExCeL London exhibition centre.

The day will include a keynote speaker (to be confirmed), and a number of panels, a Quiz, a Party, and the chance to build the two towers out of Lego.

Booking is through the Loncon website. You can book for just the Tolkien Thursday, or for the whole of Worldcon.

We are planning to have a Tolkien Art section in the art show.

We are currently recruiting panellists for the following panels:

Hobbits! Rabbits!: Are Peter Jackson’s films (and the original book) experiences which people of all ages can enjoy at many levels? Or were the rabbits a mistake? (A Chair is also needed for this panel).

Tolkien’s Worlds: an international panel exploring the differences between the perception of Tolkien’s worlds across our world – how Tolkien is received, pictures of what seem to be ‘Tolkien landscapes’ in diverse localities, how the books are illustrated by artists in international editions.

The unpayable debt?: “The unpayable debt that I [Tolkien] owe to [Lewis] was not ‘influence’ as it is ordinarily understood, but sheer encouragement.” – authors discuss what, if anything, they owe to Tolkien, and how they feel they have repaid it (if they have). Chair: Meggy McMurry. Playwrights, poets and screenwriters are all welcome on this panel.

If interested in being a panellist or chair, displaying your (or someone else’s) art, or volunteering at the Party, please contact Pat Reynolds – pat.reynolds [at] tolkiensociety [dot] org

What is Lonon (Worldcon)?

From the Loncon website:

The World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) is an international gathering of the science fiction and fantasy community.

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Loncon 3 intends to explore science fiction in all these forms and extend these explorations into the worlds of fantasy, horror, slipstream and alternate history, as well as exploring the science in science fiction, the spectacle it has inspired from artists and costumers, and the creativity and enjoyment science fiction has generated amongst its fans.

At the convention itself, there will be hundreds of programme items which all members can attend, as well as major events such as the Hugo Awards ceremony and Masquerade. Each Worldcon invites a small number of guests of honour, recognising their contribution to the field and the community of science fiction. The guests’ work and interests usually inspire significant elements within the programme.

There will also be exhibits, an extensive dealers’ area, an art show and auction, and many fun and social aspects to the Worldcon during the day and evening.

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