Oxonmoot is an annual event hosted by The Tolkien Society which brings together over 500 Tolkien fans, scholars, students and Society members from across the world. Oxonmoot 2023 is our Fiftieth Oxonmoot and will be held over four days from Thursday 31 August until Sunday 3 September, at St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford and online.
Bookings will open in late 2022-early 2023
The Fiftieth Oxonmoot programme includes talks, quizzes, lectures, workshops, performances, papers, discussions, singing, slideshows, costuming, gaming and celebrating. All of this is supplemented by eating, drinking and chatting! The weekend concludes with a visit to Tolkien’s grave on Sunday afternoon, known as Enyalië (“Remembrance”) — a beautiful and moving end to the event.
In this hybrid event, we will aim to make as much as possible of the programme available to both “in person” and “online” delegates, complementing this hybrid content with dedicated items for each group. Ultimately, our objective is to ensure that everyone gets a true “Oxonmoot Experience”.
Offers of contributions for the programme are always welcome. The Call for Papers will open in 2023.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length (with a further ten minutes allowed for questions). Longer talks (e.g. art- or artefact- based) should be discussed by email with the Day Time Programme Co-ordinator.
We will do our best to schedule Other Events (workshops, activities, etc) to provide a varied programme – please send any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re holding two competitions for our Year of Special Significance, and we invite you take part: think celebration, festivities, parties and more!
1. Oxonmoot 2023 Logo Design: Designs should feature the fact that this is our 50th Oxonmoot, and should be suitable for use in information & presentations, marketing, and merchandise.
2. Oxonmoot 2023 T-Shirt Design: A specific design for a special T-shirt, again featuring the 50th Oxonmoot. The design can be monochrome or full colour, and we usually print on a black t-shirt but we’re excited to explore new possibilities; when designing consider the fact that fine detail can be lost when printing on a t-shirt.
Entries for both competitions should be submitted by email to email@example.com by midnight UK time on Wednesday, 15th December 2022. The file should be a PNG with a transparent background, over 3000 px on the smallest side, and minimum 300 DPI.
Winners (1 each per competition) will receive a free online registration and an Oxonmoot t-shirt. We reserve the right to close the competition at any time.
Membership rates will be available in late 2022.
We can offer a range of access accommodations, including but not limited to: front row seats, captions on Zoom, ground floor accommodation, a quiet space to relax during the day, a practice session for Zoom before the event, colour vision deficiency-adjusted materials, large print materials, and so on.
Meals & Accommodation
We will be offering a range of meals during Oxonmoot. They can be booked via the main booking form. For an idea of what they might be, see here for 2022 meals.
Please ensure you include information about any dietary requirements on your booking form even if you don’t book additional meals.
St Anne’s College will be providing student type accommodation for the event. To book, please use the main bookings form. For more details on available accommodation, see here.
We are conscious that some of our delegates will be suffering from financial difficulties as a result of multiple global factors, while others live in countries with lower average income than others. With this in mind, we are pleased to say that we will be offering a limited number of reduced cost online memberships of Oxonmoot. If you would like to apply for one of these, please email the Co-Chairs of Oxonmoot at firstname.lastname@example.org before you book.
Postgraduate Students intending to submit a paper for presentation at Oxonmoot are eligible to apply for a Tolkien Society Bursary to cover the cost of their registration fee and, for in person delegates, up to £500 towards travel and accommodation costs. The call for applications for Bursaries date will be announced soon.
Art & Dealers
We shall again be running a virtual art show alongside the traditional on site show for Oxonmoot 2023. The online Art Show will, as last year, be hosted in the Kunstmatrix exhibition platform, providing a 3D exhibition experience. A link will be provided for registered delegates.
Who to contact
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the following:
- Bookings and registration questions:
- Programme items:
- Art show:
- Dealers room:
- Advice for first time in person attendees:
- Advice for first time online attendees:
- Any other questions or general enquiries:
St Anne’s College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS, United Kingdom
St Anne’s is about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford (nominally Carfax Tower) and roughly 20 minutes walk from the train station.