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Dutch Tolkien Society to hold 40th anniversary celebration

Castle De Berckt
Castle De Berckt, where the Lustrum 2021 will take place
The Dutch Tolkien Society, Unquendor, is to hold it’s 40th anniversary celebrations in June 2021 in Baarlo, the Netherlands.

Unquendor holds a “Lustrum” every 5 years, so this Lustrum – the 8th – will be the 40th anniversary of the Society. The event takes place from 25th to 27th June 2021 at Castle De Berckt in Baarlo, the Netherlands. This Lustrum will have a theme of Númenor.


The guest of honour will be the renowned Tolkien scholar Dimitra Fimi, author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History. Furthermore you can attend lectures from other speakers, participate in indoor and outdoor activities, enjoy tasty food and a festive banquet and, above all, experience a fun weekend with Tolkien fans from all over Europe.

If you would like to stretch your legs for a while, you can take a nice walk to the nearby river Meuse where you will have a beautiful panoramic view over the river and the surrounding area from a watch-tower. The event is family-friendly.

The venue
The event will take place in Castle De Berckt, situated in a beautiful area in the province of Limburg. Attendees will stay there for the duration of the weekend.

Castle De Berckt was originally built in the thirteenth century. Until the eighteenth century several noble families occupied the castle. The old castle was torn down in 1830 and rebuilt in Italian style, but an early-eighteenth century brick wing from the former forecourt remains. At the beginning of the twentieth century ‘De Berckt’ was transformed into a convent. Since 1994 the castle has become an accommodation for groups.

The place is easy to reach, with a bus stop nearby, and has more than enough parking space.

For more information, you can contact the organising team at

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 2,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter.