Oxonmoot takes place over a weekend close to the 22nd September and this year will be held on from Thursday 21st September to Sunday 24th September. Oxonmoot is the largest annual event hosted by The Tolkien Society, having been held annually since 1974. Constituting the largest annual event devoted to Tolkien, and one of the oldest, Oxonmoot takes place in an Oxford college on a weekend close to Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday (22nd September).
We are expecting over 200 people this year, so this promises to be an incredibly exciting weekend! I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out. – Shaun Gunner, Chair
As part of the Oxonmoot experience, you can stay in the college – this year, St Antony’s College – as well as having meals in college. On the Thursday evening there is a welcome buffet, and on Friday evening there is the grander three-course meal where Society members enjoy dressing up in their best frock (or best t-shirt!) Meal and room bookings close this Saturday, but you can still register for the event right up to the day.
Even is this is your first time attending, don’t worry: at Oxonmoot you will find an incredibly open and welcoming Society who are all enthusiastic to share their passion for Tolkien’s life and works with by new attendees and old.
The weekend is jam-packed with activities, and events this time include:
- Thursday: in the afternoon a tour of Oxford, followed a fiendish Tolkien quiz in the evening. For those with the stamina, a late night “Telerin circle” of Tolkien readings will also carry on well into the night;
- Friday: a full programme of talks and lectures (which were announced earlier this month), a Tolkien art show of professional and amateur artists, and a dealers’ room of Tolkien books and collectibles; and a banquet in the evening following by the masquerade and entertainments;
- Saturday: talks, art, dealers once again, a Dwarven beard workshop, and with a complimentary lunch. The evening will conclude with Bilbo’s Birthday Party including games, food and gifts;
- Sunday: the weekend concludes with a coach trip (included in your ticket) to Wolvercote Cemetery to pay our respects to Tolkien at the Enyalië ceremony.
Shaun is the current Chair of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2013, Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien’s works whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time can be found in the cinema, playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.