Oxonmoot 2020 Programme
3 – 6 September 2020
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St Anne's College, Oxford

This page will be used to share up to date information on the programme for Oxonmoot 2020 as it develops.

Note that times are subject to change between now and Oxonmoot – check the Oxonmoot Information (OI) you will receive on arrival for final timings.


Oxonmoot 2020 will include all the normal events members have become used to over the last few years:

The following additional events are currently confirmed:

  • Pointless Middle-earth – a return of the game show run at Tolkien 2019 where contestants are challenged to find the most obscure answers to Tolkien related questions.
    In addition to the game show itself, we will run a repeat of the data-gathering session run at Oxonmoot 2018 so you can all challenge your knowledge.
  • Oxonrun – ever felt that there should be an opportunity for some exercise at Oxonmoot?
    This will be the inaugural Oxonmoot equivalent of a Park Run, taking advantage of the location of St Anne’s adjacent to the Oxford University Parks. Costume is optional but encouraged, and this will be a leisurely group run, not a race!
  • Craft Competition – another first for Oxonmoot 2020.
    Details to be determined, but we are planning a bit of creative competition in the craft room. Watch this space!

Further additional activities will be announced as they are confirmed.

If you have any proposals for specific programme items, please contact


The full programme will be linked here once it is available.

The key timing points for now are:

Thursday 3rd September

  • 14:00 – Earliest Check-in for Residents staying in College
  • 14:00-18:30 – Oxonmoot 2020 Registration
  • 15:30-18:00 – Walking Tour of Oxford
  • 18:00 – Stewards’ Meeting
  • 18:30 – First Timers’ Welcome
  • 19:30 – Welcome Dinner (for those who have booked it)

Sunday 6th September

  • 11:30 – Enyalië
  • 12:15 (approx) – Coach returns to St Antony’s College; formal end of Oxonmoot 2020

Talks & Papers

The Call for Papers will open on Sunday 9th February.

Papers should be 20 minutes maximum in length (with a further ten minutes allowed for questions):  it is expected that the material is suitable for oral presentation (with the option of accompanying Powerpoint) and should not therefore be ‘read’ from a script.

Longer talks (e.g. art- or artefact- based) should be discussed by email with the Day Time Programme Co-ordinator.

Please note that papers are programmed on Friday and Saturday daytime. Please indicate if you are unavailable either day.

If the paper offered is in a cognate area of study, candidates pursuing a relevant MA, MSc, MRes, MPhil, DPhil, PhD or equivalent postgraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution will be eligible to apply for a Tolkien Society Bursary to support the cost of their attendance at Oxonmoot. Details of how to apply for a bursary will be made available when the Call for Papers opens.

Proposals for papers must be submitted not later than Thursday 30th April, with a decision made by Thursday 21st May.

The closing date for Bursary applications will be Sunday 22nd March, with a decision made by Thursday April 30th.

Evening Events

Friday Evening

Details of the Friday evening events will be published once confirmed.

Saturday Evening

Saturday evening will start with a buffet dinner included in the registration fee.

Following dinner we will hold the Costume Masquerade, including interval Entertainments.

The evening will finish with a Party to celebrate the fellowship of the Tolkien Society