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 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
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
Google +: +TolkienScholars
Contact: Hawke Robinson and Brian Huseland
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.