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What’s a Smial?

Smials are local groups of The Tolkien Society which meet on a regular or occasional basis, named after the word Tolkien uses for hobbit-homes.

Although affiliated to the Society they are independent organisations and are run entirely on a voluntary basis. As such, meetings can take many forms, from going to the pub or having lunch through to dedicated Tolkien reading groups.

You don’t have to be a member of the Society to join a Smial, so get in touch with the contact for your nearest group (or perhaps start your own if there’s not one close to you).

If you have any questions, please contact the Society’s Smials Co-ordinator, Jan Boom.

Find your nearest Smial

Have a look at the map below to find your nearest group (zoom-out for Smials outside of the UK):


If you live in or near Wolvehampton, come join us! We're a friendly gathering of Tolkien fans who meet for an innmoot once a month.
Meeting Location: The Moon Under Water
Meeting Time: 18.30, the third Tuesday of every month
Contact: John Casey


Mostly meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Bransty Arch Wetherspoon in Whitehaven, but enquirers should contact to check if an evening event is being held instead.
Contact: Susan Edwards


Contact: Jack Machiela

University of York

The Society currently meets every Wednesday evening during term time. The Society is only open to students.
Website: Facebook group
Contact: Mike Whepley

University of Oxford

Contact: Chris Josephs

University of Glasgow

The Society currently meets every Thursday at 8pm at the Students' Union. The Society is open to both students and non-students.
Website: Facebook page
Contact: Maria Skamanga

University of Cambridge
University of Bristol

A new society for students at the University of Bristol. Currently setting up their regular meetings but they have an active Facebook group.
Contact: Nicky Ebbage

University of Alberta

Website: Official blog
Contact: Maureen Mann


Contact: Jan Boom

Royal Holloway, University of London

The Society meets every Friday from 7-9pm. The Society is open to both students and non-students, although please check first whether non-students are able to attend. They host lots of events throughout the week, all of which are advertised on Facebook.
Contact: Cassie Parkes


Contact: Andy Compton


Website: Facebook page
Mailing list: Yahoo mailing list
Contact: Alberto Ladavas


We meet on the first Saturday of every month at 8pm at the Penderel's Oak in Holborn.
Contact: Jeremy Morgan


Contact: Barabara Kahana


Meetings on Saturday afternoons, generally at members' homes in Halifax, for discussion and lunch.
Contact: Denis Bridoux


Our focus revolves primarily around Lotro (Lord of the Rings Online) and the promotion of Tolkien through the online gaming community, and all things Arda.
Contact: Francesca Barbini


Contact: Alison Swann


Contact: Peter Kenny


The South Downs Smial is for people in Sussex and we meet regularly (on a rotational basis) in Worthing, Hove and Brighton Marina.
We have a full mix of age ranges and discuss everything about the films, books and Tolkien's life. We're a friendly group who regularly socialise together and are keen to meet others.
Meeting times: 2pm, second Saturday of every month
Meeting locations: Worthing, Hove and Brighton Marina.
Contact: Shaun Gunner

Birmingham, UK

Contact: Dave Corby

Birmingham University

The University of Birmingham's "Middle-earth Society" meets every Monday evening for "Middle-earth Mondays". All welcome! Websites: Facebook group, Guild Website
Contact: Katie Louise Rice

53.760551, -2.702886

The Rangers of the North meets in The Grey Friar Preston PR1 2EJ at Noon on the last Saturday of every month, excepting when it conflicts with a national Tolkien weekend.
Contact: Phil Lloyd

53.421338, -2.991870

Contact: David Horn

53.408516, -2.981777

The Mithlondrim will meet at Dr. Duncans in St. Johns Lane Liverrpool L1 1HF on the second Saturday of every month at Noon, except when it conflicts with a national Tolkien weekend.
Contact: Phil Lloyd

43.856833, 18.413279
41.903683, 12.491366


Facebook Smial

The Tolkien Society also has a very active Facebook group which features a wide range of discussions from the serious and the scholarly to the humorous and the silly – there’s something for everyone! As it’s a mixture of Tolkien Society members and other fans we refer to it as an online smial of The Tolkien Society.

Can I form my own Smial?

Yes! Have a look at this short guide on how to start your own Smial.