What’s a Smial?
Smials are local groups of The Tolkien Society which meet on a regular or occasional basis, named after the word Tolkien uses for hobbit-homes.
Although affiliated to the Society they are independent organisations and are run entirely on a voluntary basis. As such, meetings can take many forms, from going to the pub or having lunch through to dedicated Tolkien reading groups.
You don’t have to be a member of the Society to join a Smial, so get in touch with the contact for your nearest group (or perhaps start your own if there’s not one close to you).
To form your own Smial, have a look at this short guide.
If you have any questions, please contact the Society’s Smials Co-ordinator, Jan Boom.
Find your nearest Smial
Have a look at the map below to find your nearest group (zoom-out for Smials outside of the UK):
The South Downs Smial is for people in Sussex and we meet regularly (on a rotational basis) in venues across Sussex including Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Littlehampton, and Arundel.
We have a full mix of age ranges and discuss everything about the films, books and Tolkien's life. We're a friendly group who are keen to meet others and regularly socialise together (including meals, pub quizzes, cinema trips, long walks, Shakespeare plays and board games!)
Meeting times: 2pm, second Saturday of every month
Meeting locations: Various. But most often: Worthing, Hove and Brighton Marina.
Contact: Shaun Gunner
Eä Tolkien Society meets on the second saturday of each month.
It has hosted an annual convention - "Tolkien Moot" - since 2005 and continues to be held on the third weekend of July each year.
Website: Tolkien Scholars
Google +: +TolkienScholars
Contact: Hawke Robinson and Brian Huseland
Contact: Hanusia Tjaczyk
We are a friendly group of Tolkien fans who meet to have conversations about Tolkien’s life and work. Currently, we meet on the third Sunday of every month but it is a bit variable so interested parties should contact Kelley for confirmation of dates and locations.
Contact: Kelley Gottschang
If you live in or near Houston, come join us! We are a group of excellent and admirable people,
who meet monthly at the Hobbit Hole restaurant near Rice University.
Contact: Chad High