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):
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
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.