The Tolkien Society has hosted four major conferences, in addition to its regular programme of annual events.

Previous conferences

Name Location Date Notes
Tolkien 2019 Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham 7-11 August 2019 Celebrating 50th anniversary of the Society.
Return of the Ring Loughborough University, Leicestershire 16-20 August 2012 Celebrating 75th anniversary of The Hobbit.
Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On Aston University, Birmingham 11-15 August 2005 Celebrating 50th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings.
J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992 Keble College, Oxford 16-24 August 1992 Celebrating 100th anniversary of Tolkien’s birth.

J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference 1992

1992 marked the centenary of Tolkien’s birth. To celebrate the Tolkien Society and the Mythopoeic Society organised a conference at Keble College, Oxford 16–24 August 1992.

Tolkien 2005: The Ring Goes Ever On

Tolkien 2005 was held at Aston University 11–15 August 2005 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the complete publication of The Lord of the Rings.

The Return of the Ring: Celebrating Tolkien in 2012

The Return of the Ring was held a Loughborough University 16–20 August 2012 to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.

Tolkien 2019

Tolkien 2019 was held 7–11 August at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham; the event was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tolkien Society’s foundation in 1969. Around 550 people booked to attend the event.

The event had specially-invited guests Dimitra Fimi, John Garth, Emmanuel Gerard, Wayne G. Hammond, Alan Lee, Catherine McIlwaine, Ted Nasmith, Christina Scull, Brian Sibley, Tom Shippey and David Weeks; and saw over 120 hours of talks, workshops, panels, games, quizzes, coffee klatches, book signings and releases. The event features of performance of Leaf by Niggle by the Puppet State Theatre Company, a musical performance by The People’s Orchestra, a banquet and a ceilidh, and a masquerade followed by a party in recreations of Middle-earth.