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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):


Eregion (Hollin) - Wolverhampton


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

Elostirion - Whitehaven and Cumbria


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

University of York Tolkien Society

University of York

The Society currently meets every Wednesday evening during term time. The Society is only open to students.
Website: Facebook group
Contact: Joey Wilson-Brooke

Minas Tirith - The Cambridge Tolkien Society

University of Cambridge

During term-time Minas Tirith meet on a weekly basis and have a range of activities include talks, quizzes and meals.
Chairman: Samuel Cook

University of Bristol Tolkien Society

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

Eä Tolkien Society - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA, United States

Eä Tolkien Society meets on the second saturday of each month.
It has hosted an annual convention - "Tolkien Moot" - since 2005 and continues to be held on the third weekend of July each year.
Website: Tolkien Scholars
YouTube: tolkienscholars
Google +: +TolkienScholars
Contact: Hawke Robinson and Brian Huseland

Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) Tolkien Society

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: Anna Milon

Rangers of the North - Preston

Preston, United Kingdom

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

Arnor - Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Moots will be held in The Black Gate at Newcastle upon Tyne.
Contact: Rowena Coxon

Mithlondrim - Merseyside and North West

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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

Mithlondrim - Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Northfarthing - London and Home Counties


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

Amon Sûl - Halifax


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

Lothlórien - Florence

Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Laurelin - Scotland and Online


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

The South Downs - Sussex

Brighton, Sussex

The South Downs Smial is for people in Sussex and we meet regularly (on a rotational basis) in venues across Sussex including Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Littlehampton, and Arundel.
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 are keen to meet others and regularly socialise together (including meals, pub quizzes, cinema trips, long walks, Shakespeare plays and board games!)
Meeting times: 2pm, second Saturday of every month
Meeting locations: Various. But most often: Worthing, Hove and Brighton Marina.
Contact: Shaun Gunner

University of Birmingham

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

The Council of Westmarch - Billings Montana

Billings, MT, MT, United States

Contact via Facebook: Danbo Brandybuck

Magic Triangle - Basel

Basel, Switzerland

We meet every four to six weeks in the Basel area.
Contact: Thomas Koetzsch


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.