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Bodleian to exhibit annotated Middle-earth map during Oxonmoot

The Bodleian Libraries is set to exhibit the map of Middle-earth annotated by Tolkien and Pauline Baynes at the same time as the Tolkien Society’s Oxonmoot in Oxford later this year.

The map will be displayed for the attendees of Oxonmoot, as well as members of the general public, between 9.30 and 17.00 in the transept of the Weston Library on Friday 9 September 2016.

The Bodleian acquired the map earlier this year after Blackwell’s bookshop put it on sale with an initial asking price of £60,000 back in October.

The map was put on public display for the first time on 23 June and proved so popular that the Bodleian extended the exhibition by a day.


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. It has been held annually in Oxford since 1974 on a weekend close 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 meals and accommodation for the weekend so we effectively “take over” the college and enjoy an exclusively Tolkien weekend!

Oxonmoot 2016

Oxonmoot 2016 is being held over 4 days from the afternoon of Thursday 8th September until lunch time on Sunday 11th September, at St Antony’s College. The setting allows delegates an opportunity to spend time in one of the loveliest settings for study in the world. The college is set in a pleasant leafy residential area of north Oxford, just a 10-minute walk from the heart of the city. The campus has a mixture of architectural styles ranging from the nineteenth century, through the 1960s, up to the present day. It sits within attractive gardens, and its quiet position and first-class facilities make it a very attractive location for conferences.

We are currently developing the programme for this year, but it typically includes: talks, quizzes, lectures, an auction, an art show, workshops, performances, papers, discussions, sales, singing, slideshows, dancing, costuming, gaming and celebrating. New events confirmed for this year include: a dwarven beard-making workshop with our infamous group of “dwarf” ladies, and a Hungry Hobbit Bake-Off competition, for which all places on the judging panel have already been snapped up by eager members. 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 – a beautiful and moving end to the event.

Book Now for Oxonmoot 2016

Registration costs range between £45 and £65 for adult attendees. The rates will go up after 31st July 2016, so book now to avoid the fee. If you have any questions, contact us here.

About the Author: Daniel Helen
Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society's digital operations, including this website.