What is Oxonmoot?
Oxonmoot is an annual event hosted by the Tolkien Society which brings together around 200 Tolkien fans, scholars, students and Society members from across the world. Oxonmoot has been held annually in Oxford since 1974 on the weekend closest to Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday (22nd September) and is the key event in the Society’s annual calendar – if you want to come to any Tolkien event, come to Oxonmoot.
Oxonmoot is a three- or four-day event and since 1991 it has always been in a picturesque college of the University of Oxford. The college supply all the meals and accommodation for the weekend so we effectively “take over” the college and enjoy an exclusively Tolkien weekend! The exact venue has changed over the years to match our requirements but is currently held in Lady Margaret Hall, alma mater of both Priscilla Tolkien and the Society’s founder Vera Chapman.
Activities at Oxonmoot include: talks, quizzes, lectures, auctions, artshows, performances, papers, discussions, sales, singing, slideshows, dancing, costuming, gaming and celebrating. All of this is supplemented by continual eating, drinking and chatting! The weekend concludes with a visit to Tolkien’s grave on the Sunday morning.
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History of Oxonmoot
Since 1974, Oxonmoot has steadily grown from a handful of Tolkien fans meeting in an Oxford pub to a respected annual academic and social event. The name “Oxonmoot” comes from moot, meaning “meeting” in Old English (like “Entmoot”), and Oxonium, the Latin name for Oxford. The spelling is not “Oxenmoot”.
The suggestion for Oxonmoot came from a John Abbot in an obscure fanzine called Nazgul, or The Wakefield Charivari. Under the heading “A Visit to Oxford?” (number 4, dated December 1973) John wrote:
What do you think of the idea of an Oxford Moot this year?
Whilst watching the re-run of the television “Review” film about Professor Tolkien, it struck me that the Soc. might be interested in arranging an Official Visit dreaming spirewards.
Consider Oxford’s associations with the Professor, Lewis Carroll, Jessica Kemball-Cook and the Pre-Raphaelites, to name but a few.
Maybe some modest hotel could be selected as H.Q.; and perhaps a Grand Tour(s) organised to take in some of the Colleges, breweries and finer points of the City.
Anyway, you might like to register your thoughts with the Committee (not with NAZGUL, of course), so that they can consider the idea.
Do we have any Oxford experts to advise us, by the way?
|2015||St Antony’s||10-13 Sep|
|2014||Lady Margaret Hall||11-14 Sep||An extra day for Oxonmoot’s 40th Anniversary|
|2013||Lady Margaret Hall||20-22 Sep||Included a visit to the ‘Magical Books’ exhibition at the Bodleian|
|2012||Lady Margaret Hall||21-23 Sep||A smaller Oxonmoot as the Return of the Ring was held in August|
|2011||Lady Margaret Hall||23-25 Sep||Support from Startech in trialling LED lighting for the main hall|
|2010||Lady Margaret Hall||24-26 Sep|
|2009||Lady Margaret Hall||25-27 Sep|
|2008||Christ Church||25-28 Sep|
|2007||Lady Margaret Hall||14-16 Sep|
|2006||Somerville College||15-17 Sep|
|2005||St Peter’s College||16-18 Sep||A smaller Oxonmoot as the Tolkien 2005 conference was held in August|
|2004||St Hilda’s College||17-19 Sep|
|2003||St Hugh’s College||18-21 Sep||An extra day for the eleventy-first anniversary of Tolkien’s birth|
|2002||St Antony’s College||13-15 Sep|
|2001||St Antony’s College||21-23 Sep|
|2000||St Antony’s College||22-24 Sep|
|1999||Exeter College||24-26 Sep|
|1998||Exeter College||25-27 Sep|
|1997||Exeter College||19-21 Sep||Filmed by the BBC for “An Awfully Big Adventure”|
|1996||University College||20-22 Sep|
|1995||University College||15-17 Sep|
|1994||University College||16-18 Sep|
|1993||University College||17-19 Sep|
|1992||Keble College||21-23 Aug||Incorporated with the 1992 J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference|
|1991||University College||20-22 Sep|
|1990||Oxford Town Hall||21-24 Sep|
|1989||Oxford Town Hall||22-24 Sep||LotR’y Raffle. Farmer Giles of Ham play|
|1988||Oxford Town Hall||23-25 Sep|
|1987||Oxford Town Hall||25-27 Sep|
|1986||Oxford Town Hall||19-21 Sep|
|1985||Oxford Town Hall||27-29 Sep|
|1984||Oxford Town Hall||5-7 Oct|
|1983||Oxford Town Hall||23-25 Sep|
|1982||Cotswold Lodge Hotel||24-26 Sep|
|1981||The Turf Tavern||25-27 Sep|
|1980||The Turf Tavern||26-28 Sep|
|1979||The Eastgate Hotel||28-30 Sep|
|1978||The Eastgate Hotel||22-24 Sep|
|1977||The Welsh Pony||23-25 Sep|
|1976||The Welsh Pony||1-3 Oct|
|1975||The Welsh Pony||5-7 Sep|
|1974||The Welsh Pony||13-15 Sep|