Oxonmoot 2017 will be held at St Antony’s College, Oxford from Thursday 21st until Sunday 24th September.
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 2017 is being held over 4 days from the afternoon of Thursday 21st September until lunch time on Sunday 24th 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.
The programme for this year is a work in progress, but it typically includes talks, quizzes, lectures, a silent auction, an art show, workshops, performances, papers, discussions, sales, singing, slideshows, costuming, gaming and celebrating. All of this is supplemented by continual eating, drinking and chatting! The weekend concludes with a visit to Tolkien’s grave on Sunday morning – a beautiful and moving end to the event.
If you would like to participate in the Masquerade or decide to come to the show in a costume, please indicate this on your booking form.
Call for papers
Please indicate on your booking form if you’d like to deliver a paper or a talk at Oxonmoot 2017. Alternatively, please contact the Chair, Elena Davison, if you have any questions.
If you’re looking for suggestions on subjects for your paper, consider that the Tolkien Reading Day theme this year is Poetry and Songs in Tolkien’s Fiction, or that 15th September 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of The Silmarillion.
See below for further details on registration, accommodation, and meals.
For all booking queries, please contact the Bookings Officer, Francesca Barbini, directly.
All registrations are non-refundable.
The deadline for cancellations or amendments for meals and accommodation will be in late August 2017. After that, no refunds will be possible.
You can register for the whole event (4 days), part of the event (2 or 3 days), or just one day. Book before May to take advantage of the following super early bird prices (prices will rise £5 on 1 May and a further £10 on 1 August).
|Full registration (4 days)||Members||£60|
|Partial registration (2 or 3 days)||Members||£50|
Registration rates for children are also available (children aged 0-6 can attend for free).
N.B. All registrations are non-refundable.
Oxonmoot not only takes place in an Oxford college, you can stay there too. The following are the prices per person per night.
A limited number of double ensuites and two bedroom flats are available, but generally reserved for families. To enquire about these, please contact the Bookings Officer, Francesca Barbini. Similarly, if you wish to stay additional nights, double check with the Bookings Officer first.
N.B. Breakfast is not included in the cost of accommodation.
A lunch of soup and sandwiches on the Saturday is the only meal included in the registration fee. The canteen will be open for lunch on the Friday but you will only be able to pay by credit or debit card.
For those staying in college, breakfast is not included in the cost of accommodation but is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Each breakfast costs £6 and must be paid for when you make your booking.
A welcome buffet will be provided on the Thursday evening for £25, with a 10% discount for first timers.
The three-course dinner on the Friday costs £30. A sample menu for Friday night dinner looks like this:
Starter: Smoked Salmon, Double Grapefruit and Horseradish Salad with Pink Peppercorns and Mustard Seeds
Main course: Twice Cooked Pork Belly on Braised Red Cabbage with Baby Carrots, Baby Turnips, Veal Jus-Lié and a Parsnip Crisp Garnish
Dessert: Chocolate and Beetroot Brownie with a Shot of Baileys Cream
The first progress report will be available in May 2017.
See what it’s like to attend Oxonmoot in this video from 2015.
St Anthony’s College, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF, United Kingdom
St Antony’s is about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford (nominally Carfax Tower) and roughly 20 minutes walk from the train station.