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):