Oxonmoot Online
18 – 20 September 2020
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Oxonmoot is an annual event hosted by The Tolkien Society which brings together over 200 Tolkien fans, scholars, students and Society members from across the world. Held every year since 1974 on a weekend close to Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday – 22 September – it is the key event in the Society’s annual calendar.

Sadly the social distancing regulations currently in place in the UK mean that we have concluded that it will be impossible to hold a face-to-face event in 2020 – so it is with great pleasure that we introduce…

Oxonmoot Online

This event has now passed.

Clearly Oxonmoot Online will be a very different event from a normal Oxonmoot, but our aim is to bring you a busy and engaging weekend of Tolkien related activities. In addition, the online nature of the event offers new opportunities for international members who are normally unable to travel to Oxford to take part.

Oxonmoot Online will include virtual versions of many of the events which feature in a face-to-face Oxonmoot, including:

In addition, we will create a range of social spaces where delegates can meet to chat, play games, or just “hang out”.


Art Show

As part of Oxonmoot Online, have made the virtual Art Exhibition available to the general public.

Click here to be taken to the online Art Show (external website).




Thanks to the actions of Ar-Pharazôn at the end of the Second Age, we find ourselves living on a round world – which means we have to deal with the complexities of time zones. To make the event as accessible as possible to as many of our members as we can, the “core” time for the keynote events and larger activities will be 17:00-22:30 UK time.

Outside these hours, we will run an engaging programme of talks, papers, activities and social gatherings – see details below. We intend to record talks and papers so that delegates can watch the presentations which are delivered at a time which is difficult in their time zone.


The schedule of events as a whole currently runs…

  • Friday 18:00 to Saturday 02:30 UK time (Friday 13:00-21:30 USA Eastern time, Friday 10:00-18:30 USA Pacific Time)
  • Saturday 09:00 to Sunday 02:30 UK time (Saturday 04:00-21:30 USA Eastern time, Saturday 01:00-18:30 USA Pacific time)
  • Sunday 09:00 to 20:30 UK time (Sunday 04:00-15:30 USA Eastern time, Sunday 01:00-12:30 USA Pacific time)

Details of the full schedule can be found here.

Core Time

The following events will be held during the “Core Time”:

  • Friday 18th September 18:00-22:30 UK time (13:00-17:30 USA Eastern Time, 10:00-14:30 USA Pacific Time)
    • Keynote Talk – Dr Dimitra Fimi, Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow, UK
    • Opening Ceremony (19:00 UK time)
    • Diversity in Tolkien Scholarship and Fandom, a round-table discussion and Q&A moderated by Sultana Raza, with Elyanna Choi and Sarah Westvik
    • Quiz
  • Saturday 19th September 17:15-23:00 UK time (12:15-18:00 USA Eastern Time, 09:15-15:00 USA Pacific Time)
    • New Voices in Tolkien Scholarship, a panel moderated by Luke Shelton, with Mina Lukic, Taylor Driggers, Mariana Rios Maldonado and Laura Martin-Gomez
    • Keynote Talk – Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, Tolkien scholars and recipients of the 2020 Tolkien Society Outstanding Contribution Award
    • Shared dinner, including facing West before dinner in the manner of Faramir in Henneth Annûn and toasts
    • Entertainments & Masquerade
  • Sunday 20th September 18:00-20:00 UK time (13:00-15:00 USA Eastern Time, 10:00-12:00 USA Pacific Time)
    • The Future of the Tolkien Society, a presentation and discussion led by Shaun Gunner, Chair of the Tolkien Society
    • Keynote Talk – Professor Yvette Kisor, Professor of English and Literary Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA, and co-editor of Tolkien and Alterity.
    • Enyalië and Closing Ceremony (20:00 UK time)

Talks & Papers

Our programme of Talks & Papers will run before and after the activities listed above.

Details of the papers we have accepted can be found here.

Interactive Activities

Alongside the core programme and talks and papers, we are running a programme of activities and events.

Details of those we are currently scheduling can be found here.

Social Rooms

We are currently developing the schedule for Social Rooms (though others will no doubt “pop up” during the event itself), and will add those to the programme. Some of the Social Rooms will run before and after the programme times given above.


Since we have reached out limit for numbers, booking for Oxonmoot Online is now closed

Registration costs £20 per connection for Tolkien Society members, and £30 per connection for non-members. This provides access to all the events and activities over the 50 hours of Oxonmoot Online, and covers the costs of running the event; any surplus will be used to support the charitable activities of the Society. Oxonmoot Online will not be streamed live – the only way to access it is to register.

If you are joining as a group, for example with other members of your household or as a Smial, please think about how many connections you need. While joining the audience for the large keynote talks, quiz, entertainments and Enyalië will be possible for larger groups, if you want to engage in smaller activities and social spaces we do not recommend sharing your connection across more than 2 or 3 people.

As well as receiving a link to the Zoom meeting, members will receive:

  • Joining Instructions providing all the detail they need to take part in the event
  • Detailed schedule of the event
  • Any handouts provided by speakers
  • Printable items for use during craft workshops
  • Information on materials required for craft workshops
  • Other information/materials as required

Once the timetable is finalised, members will be sent a form to ask them to pre-book the specific activities they wish to participate in. This is to help us manage the event, and “move” people from one event to another more efficiently.



Who to Contact

If you have any questions or ideas, or need any further information, please email