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6-12-06 Latest News

The Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery welcomes THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY
Xoanon @ 2:00 pm EST

“Shore's musical opus is every bit as impressive as Tolkien's literary one, standing on its own as a sweeping, operatic experience, even when liberated from the majesty of Jackson's trilogy...” — SEATTLE TIMES

THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY is Howard Shore’s compilation in six movements of his two-time Academy-award winning score for the popular and epic movie trilogy based on Tolkien’s internationally beloved fantasy novels. “Music is responsible for over 30% of an audience’s response to a film. There is no more exciting example of the profound support music gives to film than Howard Shore's score for The Lord of the Rings films,” says noted composer Christopher Dedrick. “This is a rare opportunity to hear this core performed live.” Howard Shore has composed the scores to more than 60 films and received the Oscar and Grammy Awards for Best Original Score for The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, for which he was also honored with awards from Los Angeles Film Critics, The Chicago Film Critics, and The Broadcast Film Critics. The score for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King recently won the Broadcast Film Critics Award, as well as the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for the Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Into the West.” The soundtracks for The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King have sold over 4 million albums worldwide and both albums have remained on the Billboard Top 100 Soundtracks chart since their original release in 2001, 2002, and 2003 respectively. The UK’s Classic FM voted The Lord of the Rings soundtracks “Best Film Score of All Time” for two consecutive years. Since its debut in November 2003, Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings Symphony has been performed in mostly sold-out halls on four continents. Audiences from Sydney and Tokyo to Los Angeles and London have greeted the two-hour work with rousing ovations following performances in some of the world’s most famous venues – including Sydney’s Opera House, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Moscow’s Kremlin Palace Theater. Some of the world’s leading international orchestras — including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the London Philharmonic — has performed The Lord of the Rings Symphony in addition to regional orchestras across the United States.

Tickets are $39.50 Gen. / $99.50 Res. plus applicable service charges and are available now online at ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Chateau Ste. Michelle wine shop, or charge by phone (206) 628-0888

For more information contact Dave Littrell at (425) 486-3755
Visit the Chateau concerts website at www.wineryconcerts.com
Produced by The Lakeside Group

6-07-06 Latest News

Lord of the Rings Symphony in Cologne, Germany
Xoanon @ 7:02 pm EST

Germany LOTR Concert Images
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By Peter "TheHutt" Klassen

In Germany, all major events around “The Lord of the Rings” attract attention from a hard-core group of fans. Any time something big happens about the “Rings” movies, a regular troupe of enthusiasts gets summoned from all around Germany. They usually know each other from other LOTR events; and for a day or a weekend they get together to demonstrate their costumes, meet their mates and, well, probably also to see the event which summoned them in the first place.

In the case of the “Lord of the Rings” Symphony which took place on May 28th 2006 in Cologne, Germany, you could see it really well. For the preshow party, organized by Stefan Servos of herr-der-ringe-film.de, fans came from all over Germany. Many faces and costumes were known from the Ring*Con, and the general atmosphere was similar – the sunlit lobby of the large KölnArena hall reminded of the lobbies of the Maritim and Esperanto hotels (where the Ring*Con took place over the years – however, those had more opportunities to sit down). At 2p.m. already there were girls in elven dresses waiting for admission on the benches around the building. For the party, a large section of the lobby was separated as a VIP lounge, where Tolkien fans could be among themselves. At 4 p.m., the regular commoners were allowed in as well – though for two hours KölnArena was ruled by the ethereal female Elves and the brave male Dunedain. Stefan & Co. not only organized a stand for the German Tolkien Society (DTG) and Games Workshop, but also a stage with a band. The musicians stomped loudly with their Irish dance shoes; their music style was some mix of Irish folk and American country. Apart from that, the only thing to do for Tolkien fans was to stroll around the area, watching for their gowns and avoiding bare hobbit feet stepping on them. The RingStars were present (and were engaged by the reporter from German First Channel to start some show fights); and the Russian guests from “The Trouble of the Rings” project were photographed for the German newspaper “Express”. (link: http://fotogalerie.herr-der-ringe-film.de/data/500/express_symphony.jpg)

At 5:30p.m., the crowd was allowed in. KölnArena is one of the largest multifunctional event halls in Europe. There are ice hockey and basketball matches there as well as concerts by Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and Carlos Santana. Thus, the atmosphere of the hall was not as classic and inspiring, as you could wish it to be. On the other hand, the acoustic characteristics of the hall are very even, and you can hear the music nicely both on the expensive front seats and on the cheaper seats high up.
Concerning the cheaper seats – the management of the event has apparently not sold enough of the expensive seats for 53 euros; so they upgraded the cheap seats to the expensive categories for free. Instead of sitting at the “crow’s nest” for 25 euros, after exchanging your ticket you could take place down in a luxury seat with a great view. This is a major advantage compared to the Symphony concerts in Moscow, where the whole front seat section stayed empty (too expensive), and the balcony was packed full. The conductor was Markus Huber from Germany, who replaces Howard Shore wherever a concert is not too prominent. He already conducted the LotR Symphony in Chicago, Detroit and Salt Lake City. As it is generally known, every concert of the LotR Symphony is different, because it is performed by local orchestras. There was no exception in Cologne, where the orchestra was the Neue Philarmonie Westfalen with the choirs being the KölnChor and the Kinderchor der Oper Bonn (children’s choir of the Bonn opera). In the second part of the concert, the female solos were performed by a Dutch soprano Ann de Renais; the male solo was the baritone Phillip Langshaw (though his whole solo consisted of two lines in the epilogue).

It is also generally known that the Symphony has 6 movements, two for each LotR part. It began with the prologue, which is very similar to the (single) soundtrack CD, and does no actually appear in the movie in this form, though it ended (unlike the CD) with the well-known “History of the Ring” theme, which is used whenever the movie title is shown in the films. To hear this music performed live and to feel how it is created just in this very moment was a special feeling which gave me shivers. The complete 12-hours soundtrack was compressed to a 2h-Symphony, and you could tell that from the “Two Towers” and “Return of the King” sections: they both were combined to the second part of the concert, and featured only a few themes each. “The Return of the King” also mostly consisted of the epilogue after the destruction of the Ring. Another interesting detail: even though the Symphony was short, some pieces from the SEE were used in it. This is the case for the scene of leaving Rivendell as well as for the gift scene when leaving Lothlorien. The arrangements of the tracks were mostly like they are on the soundtrack CD; however, “The Bridge of Khazad-Dum” was a more complete version, more like it was in the movie.
As every orchestra plays the Symphony differently, it was interesting to hear out the differences compared to the official soundtrack. The Neue Philarmonie Westfalen orchestra managed it rather well. Specifically, the quiet passages full of harmony were very well-done, like “The Shire”, “Shadows of the Past”, “Lothlorien”. This also was the case for action themes like “The Bridge of Khazad-Dum” or “Helm’s Deep”. When a music theme was somewhere between these two extremes, the orchestra sometimes had trouble. The “Fellowship”-Theme on their walk through Eregion was spoilt by too fast a tempo and by kettledrums which were overly loud. Same is the case for the “Last march of the Ents” – too fast, too much beat. The kettledrums were a problem throughout the concert; they should have been more restrained. The absence of the Hardanger fiddle was noticeable (it is only used at important concerts); the Rohan theme was played vividly, but the sound was slightly different. The famous “broken-up piano with chains beating on strings” was there; however, you could only hear it for a few beats during the Amon Hen battle.

Concerning choirs: the children’s choir was great. The sad tune after Gandalf’s fall and the final song “In Dreams” in the first part were performed really touching. The normal choir was a bit worse: the male choir lacked bass, so the chanting in Moria didn’t sound as dwarvish as it should. The female choir sang well if they didn’t have to sing anything special: the “Lament for Gandalf” in Lothlorien was ruined by a unfitting female voice. And, everybody has had their troubles with Elvish. By the way, both Enya songs, “Aniron” and “May it be” were absent – probably, because of the copyright issues (they are by Enya, not by Howard Shore) . In the second part of the concert, the Dutch singer Ann de Renais performed all the female solos and did it very well. Her soprano voice is very smooth and decent, allowing to perform a wide range of styles: from ethereal Elven singing in “Evenstar” to the schizophrenic and björkish “Gollum’s Song”. She had her problems with “Into the West” though – in the stanzas, the song was too low for her soprano voice. Phillip Langshaw performed Aragorn’s part quite unusually, with a deep and powerful bass, very unlike to Viggo Mortensen’s whispering mumbling.

The show was accompanied on a large screen by moving, zooming and fading pictures by Alan Lee and John Howe. Many of them were familair from Alan Lee’s book “Lord of the Rings Sketchbook”. If anybody remembers the bonus DVD from the Giftset of RotK SEE: when watching it, you can easily get the impression that the images are appearing at random without a connection to the current theme; this is no so. The images were always in connection with the music themes, and on some dramatic places they were exactly in sync. The slideshow was very decent and pleasant, having more connection to Tolkien’s world rather to the movies by PJ.

After the last chords, everybody was surprised by the standing ovations which the conductor and the soloists received. They returned back on stage for no less than 5 times.

Altogether, the concert was a full success. I cannot compare it with other concerts of the LotR Symphony, but as far as I heard, the Cologne concert was better than many comparable concerts in Europe. Anyway, if you are in Germany in January 2007 – there will be a concert of the Symphony in the famous Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig on January 6th.

6-03-06 Latest News

Cool Autograph Auction for Charity
Xoanon @ 10:25 am EST

I'm John Bierly from the PEACE Fund, a charity founded by Highlander actor Adrian Paul to Protect, Educate and Aid Children Everywhere. We're conducting our third charity auction right now, and we have several LOTR-related items in our auction. I wanted to ask if you guys might be willing to mention our auction on your website.

Our auction is here: www.adrianpaulpeace.org

Item 5 is an autographed photo of Andy Serkis as Gollum. (Item 15 is another Andy autograph, as King Kong.) Item 36 is a package of autographs including John Rhys-Davies as Gimli and Sala Baker as Sauron. (Package also includes one Star Wars and one Narnia autograph.)

Thanks so much for your time and your consideration. I really appreciate it. And here's our press release:

The PEACE Fund, the charity organization founded by Highlander actor Adrian Paul to Protect, Educate and Aid Children Everywhere, began its third charity auction on Monday, May 29, 2006.

The PEACE Fund's two auctions in 2005 raised more than $100,000 for children's causes, focusing primarily on Tsunami relief organizations. In April 2006, the PEACE Fund donated $15,000 to the Children's Organ Transplant Association (www.cota.org) and is preparing to raise even more funds for children with this latest auction.

Items include props and costumes from the upcoming film Highlander: The Source, rare photos, costumes and hand-annotated scripts from Paul's previous projects, telephone calls from Paul himself and a variety of autographed photos and other donated items from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and other genre series and films. A package of Star Trek commemorative plates and autographed cast photos was put together to celebrate this year's 40th Anniversary of Star Trek.

To view and bid on auction items, please visit the PEACE Fund's website at www.adrianpaulpeace.org . The auction ends on Monday, June 5, 2006.

6-02-06 Latest News

Movie Chat this weekend: Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi
maegwen @ 11:09 pm EST

Movie Chat returns this weekend with a double-bill of "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

Join us Sunday on our IRC server at 2 pm EST when we pop our copies of ESB into the DVD player. After the usual confusion, at around 2 pm EST we'll all press play on our individual players and proceed to cheer and jeer (or discuss and argue, if you like!) the finer points of the film.

We plan to take a break midway through the film, to allow for stretching of fingers and backs. Barliman will be on hand to serve drinks and snacks (and to enforce the house rules).

"Return of the Jedi" will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Summer Schedule (times not yet decided)
Sunday, June 4: Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi
Saturday, June 17: Pirates of the Carribean
Sunday, June 25: Alien & Aliens
Saturda, July 8: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Saturday, July 22: Ghost Busters
Sunday, July 30: Princess Bride

Date: Sunday, June 4th
Time: 2 pm EST
Place: #moviechat on the TORn IRC server.

Time zone conversions

Not sure what time the chat will be where you are? Check this little conversion table out for some help.

5.30pm (New York)
4.30pm (Chicago)
3.30pm (Salt Lake City)
2.30pm (Los Angeles)

10.30pm GMT (London)
11.30pm CET (Paris)

6.30am AWST (Sunday) Perth
8.30am AEST (Sunday) Brisbane
9.30am AEDT (Sunday) Sydney
11.30am NZDT (Sunday) Wellington


Movie Watch happens on #moviechat on irc.theonering.net -- the TORn IRC server. You can connect instantly via our java chat client that works inside your web browser (fi
it here!
) or choose to install a dedicated chat program such as mIRC on your computer.

To find out more about using mIRC to connect to TORn IRC server, check out these instructions.

See you all then!

6-01-06 Latest News

Mythic Journeys 2006 Update
Xoanon @ 7:35 pm EST

Anya Martin, Co-Director, Public Relations for Mythic Imagination Institute writes: Just wanted to update TORN readers on Mythic Journeys 2006 (June 7-11). The ties to "The Lord of the Rings" aren't as obvious this year, but we're sure J.R.R. Tolkien's name and works will be invoked many times. This "Festival of Imagination" which seeks to reconnect people with the old wisdom tales, however, does include many of the world's top fantasy authors and artists including Peter S. Beagle ("Ringers"; The Last Unicorn), Charles de Lint, Ellen Kushner ("Thomas the Rhymer"), OR Melling ("The Hunter's Moon"), Terri Windling, Delia Sherman, Charles Vess, Brian and Wendy Froud, their son Toby Froud; artist and creative creature film actor William Todd-Jones ("Labyrinth"; Grawp in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"); and Celtic and Arthurian scholars John and Caitlin Matthews.

Mythic Journeys will again be as much a performance festival, as a conference, and Celtic musicians are a huge part of it--no surprise since Clyde Gilbert of Emerald Rose is directing the music and theater side again. Michaela Foster Marsh will host the launch party for her new CD, "I Undid Orion's Belt." Also playing are Heather Dale, Three Weird Sisters and, of course, Emerald Rose! Also look a one-man Beowulf show by Charlie Bethel, a powerful telling of a story of Merlin by Caitlin Matthews and William Todd-Jones, and Neil Gaiman's play, Snow Glass Apples, presented by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company (ARTC).

Want to join in the fun which will take place at the Atlanta Hyatt Regency Hotel? Visit www.mythicjourneys.org.

Major 'Dork of the Rings' News
Xoanon @ 7:28 pm EST

Tim Richardson, Director of "The Dork of the Rings" sends this along:


Details are still being worked out, but as it looks right now we will be having the World Premiere of THE DORK OF THE RINGS at GenCon in Indianapolis at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11. GenCon runs from August 10-13 and we’ll have additional screenings, seminars and appearance throughout the event. Their website is www.gencon.com and please continue to visit our website www.dorkoftherings.com for updates. We’ll let everyone know if the premiere time changes for any reason via our website and newsletters.


We now have the footage of LORD OF THE RINGS actor/scale double Kiran Shah, filmed by his nephew Kit. Kiran was gracious enough to do a funny introduction for us to precede the film and he also did some amusing bits for our DORKERS documentary. A very special thanks to Kit and Kiran for being a part of our exciting project. Kiran will be appearing next at The Gathering of the Fellowship in Toronto this July and Dragon*Con in Atlanta in September.


We are proud to announce that the fan film by Mars Productions is the winner of our Dork Fan Film Contest. The young creators of this remarkable film, Ashlee Scott (17) and Rachel Scott (15) have won copies of DORKS GONE WILD! and THE DORK OF THE RINGS. They also get a cameo in THE DORK OF THE RINGS and they’ll appear in DORKERS with excerpts of their fan film. You can view their 12 minute fan film and behind-the-scenes featurette on our website at here.


Check out our next two big previews at these conventions:

GATHERING OF THE FELLOWSHIP – July 1- 4, 2006 in Toronto

ELF 2 in New York

We'll be having the Canadian and East Coast premieres of our dorkumentary DORKERS at these huge events! Featuring RINGERS filmmaker Cliff Broadway and LORD OF THE RINGS stuntman/scale double Kiran Shah.

5-31-06 Latest News

Essay: Orthodoxy and Tolkien
Xoanon @ 6:08 pm EST

Maureen writes: You will probably remember that Taran gave us his take on LOTR as seen in Ukraine in GreenBooks back in 2004. I thought all the TORnsibs would appreciate this translation of an article that appeared in a Russian Orthodox magazine. It’s a little rough, but the quote from Tolkien translated back to English should give people a chance to test their familiarity with “On Fairy Stories”. Can you recall it?

The Question of Tolkien and the Answers of Tolkienism
Father Yuri Kononenko

One could say that a man’s spiritual growth begins with a Question. Not with only one, though, but rather with a compilation of many: What is the meaning of life? Is there something valuable, beautiful, or genuine about it? If the surrounding world is bad, how can I change it? Questions like these, may they sound exactly like this or not, are in fact a single and very important Question.

Then man will begin to search. More often then not he will find lies and things look like the truth in place of answers. Occasionally he will find steps towards the truth. And, as the first, and the second originally intertwine, already the choice depends on everyone as to what they see in the inconsistent phenomenon: good or evil, the way up or the way down.

“Often I see people who are completely confident in that which is commonly said: the world is the way it is and belief in things like honor, faithfulness and mercy is youthful maximalism and, in essence, are only fairy tales. These people are either lying and don’t really think that at all, or they are deeply lost and are the most unhappy people on the planet and nothing would convince me otherwise. Because if there is no such thing as faithful friends, as eternal love, as loving-kindness, as chivalry, then why in the world did we write such things as fairy tales?”

The matter of which this person is speaking is of “living fairy tales”, of Tolkienism, and the above statement is taken from an article by an author-Tolkienist. From our point of view, this movement (or, if you will, this frame of mind), which had become so popular in the past 10-12 years, also has an atmosphere of a spiritual quest. True, this quest doesn’t always lead to the truth, although it often stops at its doorstep or it can go in a completely different direction, but the important thing is the tendency to a dissatisfaction with dull commonness and to a search for something more.

In the modern world, detached from God, good has degenerated into an abstract idea and has become intertwined with many-sided evils. Life has acquired a cold, grey color of inner despair, in spite of an outward appearance of colorfulness. It was amazing, when such a book as the ‘Lord of the Rings’ appeared, where good was beautiful and evil was unambiguously disgusting. For everyone had gotten used to the idea that Judas wasn’t guilty of anything and light without shadows doesn’t exist, when suddenly good and evil, returning to Christianity, were shown as polar opposites with all the strength of a brilliant work of art.

“The world of Tolkien is clean. It is clean, in spite of the rivers of blood in the ‘Silmarillion’ and the unusual story surrounding the Ring. His heroes, at least those who are developed, are pure and good. His villains aren’t developed at all, such as the person of Sauron.” This is what is seen and treasured by readers of the ‘Lord of the Rings’.

People rightly understand the world of Middle-earth as a symbol of our world. And what is the most important in our world? Is it not the fight in our hearts between God and the devil – a battle full of tragedy, but thanks to the Resurrection, is already guaranteed a victory? Or to put it differently, the main thing is the hope and courage (that are against all logic), the mercy (even this can be the doom of someone), and the victory, even when defeat seems inevitable. These are the greatest contents of the ‘Lord of the Rings’.
From the words of Tolkien himself, every eucatastrophe in art is “one moment that unfolds before us a higher answer: a distant, evangelical brightness, an echo of good news in the real world” (from his essay ‘On Fairy Stories’). Tolkien himself was a convicted Catholic Christian all of his life.

It is mainly these ‘echoes of good news’ that have given birth to this strong urge to gather the books to yourself and fill them with your very being. “These books provoke the world,” wrote one of the masters, that is, one of the masters of the ever popular Lord of the Rings role-playing games. But what can we understand from these kinds of games?

Right now we have, in the minds of modern philosophers and studiers of culture, a ‘postmodern condition’ and its main distinctive feature is its relativity to everyone and everything. This, a game becomes a disposition, a way of life. But there are many kinds of games. Can a ‘living game’ find the truth in earnest? If say, then which game and which truth? What kind of dangers can be found on this strange path? And they, as already was necessary to be convinced, exist, and furthermore seriously...

Consider that role-playing games are the most adequate assimilation of the surrounding world with this epoch. To too seriously and simply treat any given information doesn’t allow the post-modernist to use historical experience, for then everything is relative. That is why such things as games are so urgent and inevitable. At the same time, the loss of integrity of the human ‘self’ demands work above itself – something more intensive, but not so much through denial, in the form of self-excavation and digging in search of the ‘true self’, but through affirmation, in the form of the development of the guise, accepted by the ‘self’ and the reducing of these to a common denominator.

Role-playing games give rails to this kind of movement. Rails of reincarnation through social gaming activities, when new realities are interpenetrated and smelted together. Remember those words: the form of the development of the guise. The movement of the role-playing games came into being from Tolkien, but now it has a much broader horizon then just Tolkienism.

The most important thing in role-playing games (whether it be Tolkien or Walter Scott or a science fiction or a psychological drama) is the ability to become someone else for a time and believe in it. As a rule, there are not spectators in these games, for they only require participation in your own world. A person plays, first and foremost, for himself and the deeper he does this, the more the game reveals for him and for other participants. The mixing of worlds (“Say, Sergey, you goblin, don’t come near my elves at the hospital, or our swords will make you into a patient!”) only spoils it and isn’t welcome. The game is worthwhile, only when played seriously, if your role opens new discoveries in himself.

This whole thing can be a plus, and it can be a minus.

The plus is that a positive role can change the person himself for the better: actions of the game done at the game are considered to be responsible actions for real life. The role of Aragorn, for example, could change someone for the better (in principle, as long as he doesn’t become too proud of himself).

The minus is that if the roles of Aragorn or Frodo don’t change people for the better, than the roles of antagonistic characters, such as orcs or Nazgul, more actively enter into the spirits of the players. For example, it seems that being Gollum can also be fun, to be able to stay in the game and ‘get carried away’ in real life.

(So, what’s up, Gollum? Or is it Sauron or perhaps a Nazgul? It seems that our friend has successfully reincarnated as a Nazgul, and then told himself off, again and again. He still hasn’t decided yet…)

Gradually, the darker characters became more popular, for they hit closer to home for the modern man. Does this surprise you? Not really. Should we blame Tolkien? If so, then we should blame Dostoevsky too, for there are many who read his novels and prefer to draw closer to Raskolnikov, Ivan Karamazov and his other less than savory characters. The game isn’t so much the seduction as it is the displayer of that, which is hidden. For, as it has already been said, if a negative role is played game after game, seriously, then the person can become corrupted.

Little by little, Tolkien and his ‘echo of good news’ move away from the periphery of the gaming movement. Such things as historical reconstructions appeared and became just as popular, for they are easier and more accessible. For example, in ‘The Crusades’ crowds in real, manufactured armor, exterminate each other with textolite swords; already without any labor of existential problems.
Games have appeared based on videos games such as Warcraft and Quake, and there are even more primitive, at times even basic, such as paint-ball. Games have even appeared of witchcraft and paganism. The striving for maximum credibility has led to interest in the learning of magic rituals of different eras and cultures and to the performing of them.

“If you look long into the abyss, the abyss will begin to look at you.” And, believe it or not, during these role-playing games, appearances of real evil spirits are not uncommon. This is a very real, very serious danger. After all, demons are only there to invite…

Through his books, Tolkien has awaken the Question. Many Tolkienists have understood that the Answer lies beyond the spheres of these games, good and bad, and have turned to the Church. Also, many have accepted and accept the games as a romantic meeting with a cool way to pass the time.

Praise God, that He can use even evil to do great good. As in former days of counter-culture, Tolkienism has approached the main Question of what a man should be and whathis world should be and has clearly demonstrated the dangers of incorrect answers. Those who have ears, let them hear.

5-30-06 Latest News

Politics and Middle-earth
Xoanon @ 1:03 pm EST

Folks from The Tolkien Society writes: The 2006 Tolkien Society Seminar will be held on Saturday 22nd July in the Pierce room at the Assembly House, Norwich, England.

Provisional Programme:

“Tolkien as a right-wing icon: The Strange case of Italy” Raffaella Benvenuto

“Join the Tolkien Party”. An exploration of how both Tolkien's work and adaptations of his work relate to real life politics, left, right and centre. Lynn Whittaker

“Metaphysics, mythology, and the politics of the 'fantastic' in J R R Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and Ben Okri's The Famished Road” Rosetta Sirico-Codling

“The Purging of the Shire” An examination of the chapter “The Scouring of the Shire”. David Doughan

If you are interested in giving a paper please contact Trevor Reynolds, the seminar organiser (see below) as we still have room for one or two additional presentations.


The cost of places at the seminar are £18.00 for Tolkien Society members or £20.00 for non-members. Places can be paid for on-line (see above) or by use of booking forms circulated within the Society magazine Amon Hen, downloadable from the website, available by post from the seminar organiser, or you can simply send your payment together with your name, address and any dietary or access requirements to the seminar organiser:

Trevor Reynolds, 65 Wentworth Crescent, Ash Vale, Aldershot, GU12 5LF, UK

Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee. The venue is wheelchair accessible. The closing date for registration is 14th July 2006, however spaces are limited so to secure your place please book early.

More information about the venue can be found at assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk Information about accommodation in Norwich can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre: email, tourism@norwich.gov.uk; telephone, 01603 727927 or www.visitnorwich.co.uk

On Sunday, should enough people wish there will be an expedition to the wilds of the Norfolk Broads, to Berney Arms to look round the Windmill and visit the pub. More details will be sent when bookings are made, or see the website.


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