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Sunday, August 26th, 2012
6:44 pm
[muuranker]
Newsletter Zero
Having failed to create a Blog version of the Newsletter for Return of the Ring (because I failed to recruit a Newsletter editor to do this) I have decided to post the newsletters here.

The first is Newsletter Zero, which is traditionally printed the night before travelling to the conference, and is full of things which t'committee need to have people see upon their arrival. However, in this instance, it wasn't written until early Thursday morning.

Volunteers Needed!

There are sign-up sheets for the remaining Steward slots, and Registration/Ops assistant slots in Ops.
URGENTLY NEEDED: Ops assistant stewards for Thursday and Friday
Registration staff for Thursday 12.45-1500 and 14.45-17.00

Stewards’ Briefing Sessions

Two briefing sessions are to be held today: 1.15 in Barrow Hall and 4.30 in the Atrium of the Edward Herbert Building (where you registered.


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Tech volunteer not contacted ….

Andy A. (Tech) apologises profusely to the person who kindly offered at the AGM to assist with tech. Andy has lost your contact details in his phone, and would appreciate it if you made contact (via Ops).

Instructions for accessing the timetable on a smartphone

Go to http://guidebook.com/g/rotr and follow the instructions.
The redeem code is [no longer valid].
Please only download once as we have a cap on the total number allowed.

Programme Changes

On Thursday the Philosophy and Ethics session will start at 14:15, and not 14:05 as stated on the printed timetable.
Again on Thursday, the screening of Born of Hope at 15:30 will take place in the Barrow Hall, and not in the Screening Room.
On Sunday in the first session of the morning, in the Classroom, Jacki Phillips cannot be present, and so Sandra Hall will finish at 9:45 instead of 9:30 and Tony Wood will start at 9:45 instead of 10:00.
Friday, February 10th, 2012
6:20 pm
[muuranker]
Competition!
There are only a few days left in The Return of the Ring's competition to give any member of the public a chance to win a copy of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition on Blu-ray.

The Return of the Ring, The Tolkien Society's spectacular summer event and extravaganza, will take place at Loughborough University in the Heart of England on 16th-20th August 2012. Guests include Tom Shippey, Ted Nasmith, Verlyn Flieger, Kate Madison (director, Born of Hope), Chris Bouchard (director, The Hunt for Gollum), Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor), Jef Murray and, our Guest of Honour, Brian Sibley.

For a chance to win The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition on Blu-ray, all you have to do is like The Return of the Ring's Facebook page before the 14th February, Valentine's Day: http://www.facebook.com/ReturnoftheRing. The competition to open to anyone in the world, and to both new and pre-existing fans of our Facebook page; closing date is midnight on the 14th February, after which one current fan will be selected at random.

For more information about the event, you can visit our brand new website http://www.ReturnoftheRing.org. You can also find The Return of the Ring on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ReturnoftheRing.

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, February 4th, 2012
11:16 am
[muuranker]
Competition!
The Tolkien Society is holding a competition, in honour of its spectacular summer event and extravaganza, The Return of the Ring, to give any member of the public the chance to win a copy of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition on Blu-ray.

The Return of the Ring will take place at Loughborough University in the Heart of England on 16th-20th August 2012. Guests include Tom Shippey, Ted Nasmith, Verlyn Flieger, Kate Madison (director, Born of Hope), Chris Bouchard (director, The Hunt for Gollum), Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor), Jef Murray and, our Guest of Honour, Brian Sibley.

For a chance to win The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Edition on
Blu-ray, all you have to do is like The Return of the Ring's Facebook page before the 14th February, Valentine's Day:
http://www.facebook.com/ReturnoftheRing. The competition to open to anyone in the world, and to both new and pre-existing fans of our Facebook page; closing date is midnight on the 14th February, after which one current fan will be selected at random.

For more information about the event, you can visit our brand new website http://www.ReturnoftheRing.org. You can also find The Return of the Ring on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ReturnoftheRing.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
8:21 am
[muuranker]
Deadline extensions - Symposium and non-academic events
We have extended the submission deadline for papers for the Return of the Ring Symposium.

We have extended the submission deadline for non-academic events. We would particularly like to encourage you to submit crafts, dancing, drama or art workshops.

Please see http://www.returnofthering.org/postgraduate-symposium.php for the symposium, and http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php for everything else.
Sunday, January 29th, 2012
4:10 pm
[muuranker]
Deadlines for contributions nearly here!
Just a quick note to say that proposals for papers, 'happenings' and contributions to the Symposium is Wednesday 1st February.

Please see http://www.returnofthering.org/postgraduate-symposium.php for the symposium, and http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php for everything else.
Sunday, January 8th, 2012
12:36 pm
[muuranker]
Bursaries for Return of the Ring
Everyone is cordially reminded that the closing date to apply for a bursary to attend Return of the Ring is 15th January

For more information: http://www.returnofthering.org/cdml.php

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
5:07 pm
[muuranker]
Christine Davidson scholarship deadline looms!
A quick reminder that the deadline for submissions for the Christine Davidson Memorial Lecture, for which the selected recipient will receive financial assistance to attend the conference is nearly upon us - 15th January 2012.

Postgraduate Tolkien scholars should also note that we have a dedicated postgraduate symposium on the Friday of the conference :17th August 2012. (Closing date 1st February 2012).

To apply, for the scholarship, please visit http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php.

To make other submissions of proposals for papers, panels, workshops, or posters please fill in the form by 1st February 2011.
For more information about the programme, or to discuss any aspect of your proposal, please contact Meggy McMurry at programme@returnofthering.org.

Registration and accommodation bookings are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org Codes for booking the accomodation (other than student room accomodation:
The Link 119163
Burleigh Court 83981
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
7:32 pm
[muuranker]
You know what anniversary it is!
Happy new year! May 2012 be filled with good things for you!

One good thing is, of course, Return of the Ring - Loughborough August 2012: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org.

2012 will, of course, see the 75th Anniversary of The Hobbit.
Published in the UK by Allen & Unwin 21st September
Tolkien had been inventing and telling stories to his children for many years. There are many elements that contributed to the story ‘The Hobbit’ including the thought that Tolkien had whilst marking School Certificate papers. The opening sentence ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’ being a suitable fit for a blank page. From there the story developed until by the end of 1932 it was almost complete. Passages from the story would find their way into the discussions of The Inklings and eventually C.S. Lewis was given the manuscript to read. In 1936 the typescript was read by a student of Tolkien’s and then either lent or borrowed by Susan Dagnell, then a staff member of the publisher Allen & Unwin. It was read and reviewed by Raynor Unwin, the 10 year old son of the proprietor, and on this favourable report Allen & Unwin decided to publish.


Posted on behalf of Tolkien Society member Ian Spittlehouse.


There are already a number of expressions of interest Hobbit-based content for Return of the Ring, but still time to submit a paper, a play, create a costume or something else to amaze and delight.

The call for papers is here http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
8:55 pm
[muuranker]
Silmarillion Anniversary
2012 will be the 35th anniversary of ‘The Silmarillion’

Published posthumously, edited by Christopher Tolkien, ‘The Silmarillion’ lays out the ‘creation back-story’ to the races, landscapes and conflicts found in the narratives of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. In as much as ‘The Hobbit’ is concerned with the adventures of a hobbit in the company of dwarves, and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ the deeds of hobbits and Men, so ‘The Silmarillion’ is mainly concerned with Tolkien’s beloved race, the Elves.

Posted on behalf of Tolkien Society member Ian Spittlehouse.


Will 'The Silmarillion' inspire you to write a paper, a play, create a costume or something else for Return of the Ring?
Would you like to lead, participate in, or attend a reading of 'Smith of Wootton Major'?

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org and call for papers is here http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php.

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
1:57 pm
[muuranker]
The Notion Club Papers
2012 will see the 20th Anniversary of the publication of "The Notion Club Papers" in
Sauron Defeated
.

"The Notion Club Papers" is the incomplete fragment of a novel which deals with travel through time, space and dreams. Its autobiographical nature and unique tone and format made its appearance in 1992 a real buzz at the Tolkien Centenary Conference.

Will The Notion Club papers inspire you to write a paper, a play, create a costume or something else for Return of the Ring?

Would you like to lead, participate in, or attend a reading of 'The Notion Club Papers?

There is another connection to 2012: it begins "These Papers have a rather puzzling history. They were found after the Summer Examinations of 2012 on the top of one of a number of sacks of waste paper in the basement of Examination Schools at Oxford...." (thanks to the member of the Southfarthing Smial who drew my attention to this).

What better year to be inspired by the Notion Club Papers?

There is a blog about the Notion Club Papers here, which I found very interesting: http://notionclubpapers.blogspot.com/2009/10/fascination-of-notion-club.html

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org and call for papers is here http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php. Please note, prices rise 1st December 2011.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, November 21st, 2011
5:45 pm
[muuranker]
Smith of Wootton Major
2012 will be the 45th anniversary of ‘Smith of Wootton Major’

'Smith of Wootton Major' was intended as a preface to George Macdonald’s ‘The Golden Key’. However (as with Niggle and his leaf) Tolkien developed the story. It explores the appreciation of imaginative vision contrasted with what might be called the ‘day to day’ practicalities of life. The ‘Smith’ of the title is gifted admittance to Faery and makes many journeys there discovering more about this strange and perilous realm. This doesn’t detract from his responsibilities as a craftsman, in many ways it serves to inspire him. The story would later be illustrated by Pauline Baynes
Posted on behalf of Tolkien Society member Ian Spittlehouse.


Will 'Smith of Wootton Major' inspire you to write a paper, a play, create a costume or something else for Return of the Ring?
Would you like to lead, participate in, or attend a reading of 'Smith of Wootton Major'?

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org and call for papers is here http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php. Please note, prices rise 1st December 2011.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
4:24 pm
[muuranker]
Mr Bliss
2012 will be the 30th anniversary of Mr Bliss.
Published posthumously, Mr. Bliss is a children’s picture book, illustrated by Tolkien. The book was submitted to Allen and Unwin in the 1930’s in the same period when ‘The Hobbit’ was submitted. Allen and Unwin were interested but only if the number of pictures, and colour were reduced. Tolkien himself was reticent, mainly about the quality of the illustrations and the implications of the amount of colour.

Posted on behalf of Tolkien Society member Ian Spittlehouse.


Will Mr Bliss inspire you to write a paper, a play, create a costume or something else for Return of the Ring?
Would you like to lead, participate in, or attend a reading of Mr Bliss?

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org and call for papers is here http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php.

Current Mood: Blissfull!
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
12:45 pm
[muuranker]
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
2012 will be the 50th anniversary of
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
A collection of 16 poems, 2 of which feature the character Tom Bombadil. Other poems appear as part of the narrative in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. ‘Errantry’ where Tolkien uses an unusual poetic meter consisting of trisyllabic assonances. This developed into ‘Earendil the Mariner’ that appears in ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ where an excerpt from ‘The Man in the Moon came down too soon’ also features. ‘Stone Troll’ and ‘Oliphaunt’ also appear and are present as examples of ‘hobbit poetry’.

Posted on behalf of Tolkien Society member Ian Spittlehouse.


Will one of the poems in
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
inspire you to write a paper, a play, create a costume or something else for Return of the Ring?

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org and call for papers is here http://www.returnofthering.org/cfp.php.

Current Mood: Hobbit Rhymes!
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm
[muuranker]
A reminder about the price rise
A quick reminder that the cost of standard and standard ensuite rooms (currently £44 per night and £65 per night) in campus hall rises by 5% on 1st December 2011.

For those wishing other than standard student accommodation, Loughborough University (Imago) offers a range of on campus accommodation choices, including executive doubles and suites at their Burleigh Court facility. You can view these choices at
http://www.welcometoimago.com/conference-venues/burleigh-court/bedrooms/
Imago also runs the Link Hotel, which is a short walk north of the campus: http://www.linkhotelloughborough.co.uk/.
Please use the following codes when booking: The Link 119163 Burleigh Court 83981

Registration currently only £80, £65 concessions – prices rise by £10 on 1st December 2011.

For all details, please visit www.returnofthering.org

Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, October 16th, 2011
1:13 pm
[muuranker]
New pictures from Ted Nasmith
Our special guest Ted Nasmith is now working on Hobbit pictures: some are for sale here at ADC Art and books (http://www.adcbooks.co.uk/): http://www.adcart.co.uk/catalogue-2011-u1.pdf

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, October 9th, 2011
6:23 pm
[muuranker]
Special Guest: Ted Nasmith
Return of the Ring is pleased to announce that Ted Nasmith will be our special guest.

Ted Nasmith is an artist and illustrator whose works are familiar through numerous projects. The various Tolkien calendars featuring his work His Tolkien works show (to my mind) the influence of Canadian landscapes, but also impressions from a childhood partly spent in Europe. Ted is also a talented musician.

Ted’s personal web page is here: http://www.tednasmith.com/ I do encourage you to look at his architectureal renderings, cars, and other works, to see aspects of his work many Tolkien fans are unfamiliar with. You can download two tracks from the ‘about me’ part of the website.


Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org.

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
1:26 pm
[muuranker]
Special Guest: Jef Murray
Jef Murray is an artist and illustrator – he designed our logo, which features Lougborough University’s very own “party tree”. Jef illustrated
Black and White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien
in 2009, and has produced many other works inspired by Tolkien. He is particularly interested in the intersection between myth and fairy tales, and the Catholic faith.

Jef’s personal website is here: http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~jmurra2/jefmurraystudios/ , and he has a facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jef-Murray/100554999586

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, September 18th, 2011
2:22 pm
[muuranker]
Green Dragon
Return of the Ring is pleased to announce that La Compagnie du Dragon Vert will be our special guests.

La Compagnie du Dragon Vert are a French group which researches Middle-earth in order to 'reconstruct' life there. We are still working on the details of what they will present at Return of the Ring, and hope to have more details shortly. Their website is here: http://www.dragon-vert.net. The website is in French, but has many pictures.

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, September 11th, 2011
7:09 pm
[muuranker]
Special Guest: Colin Duriez
Return of the Ring is pleased to announce that Colin Duriez will be our special guest.


Colin is a writer, commentator and lecturer has been involved in many projects, and written several books on J.R.R.Tolkien , C.S. Lewis and other authors of fantasy. He is currently working on a book on devilry in C.S. Lewis' works against a backdrop of the Second World War. This book will also cover Tolkien. Colin's personal website is here: http://web.mac.com/colinduriez/inwriting/Home.html.

Registration and accommodation bookings for Return of the Ring, Loughborough August 2012 are now open: for all details visit www.returnofthering.org

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
8:59 pm
[muuranker]
A Year of Celebrating 'The Hobbit'
21st September 2011 marks the start of twelve months of celebrating the publication of 'The Hobbit'. This is the book which first introduced some of the lands and peoples of Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien's imagined world, and later the setting for the larger work, 'The Lord of the Rings'. From its opening, 'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit' the story takes Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit in question, on a journey from the Western Lands into 'The Wild'. He goes there in the company of dwarves and a wizard. Their journey includes encounters with trolls, elves, goblins, humans and many others. Most significantly there is the first encounter with Gollum and most perilously that with Smaug, a terrifying dragon. A much-anticipated film version in two parts is currently being filmed by director Peter Jackson in New Zealand.


The first edition of 'The Hobbit' was published on 21st September 1937 and the book has been in print almost continuously ever since. The only time it went out of print (briefly) was when stock was destroyed during the London Blitz. Since its first publication it has sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into at least 50 languages.

The Tolkien Society is an international organisation registered in the UK as an educational charity, and its aim is to encourage and further interest in the life and works of the late Professor Tolkien.


The Society's main event during 2012 will be a major conference called 'The Return of the Ring' at Loughborough University from 16th to 20th August 2012.

The conference will have an academic/literary side, with papers and panels and a dedicated postgraduate symposium; but it will also have a lighter aspect, including talks and panels on creative and popular arts, interactive workshops, family-friendly activities, fan films, a spectacular art show and a dealers' room. Our guests will include Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, John Garth, Dimitra Fimi and Janet Brennan Croft. Tolkien fans from all over the globe are welcome to share and participate in the event.

There will also be entertainments, including a 'ceilidh', banquet, costume masquerade and a variety of performances from talented guests and attendees.

A troupe of medieval re-enactors will be joining us from France to set up a camp that recreates Middle-earth.

Loughborough was chosen for its central location and its excellent transport links, close to M1 motorway, rail links with all parts of the UK, including an Intercity link direct to London and the international East Midlands Airport.


'Return of the Ring' has its own section on the Tolkien Society's website at http://www.returnofthering.org/ and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal and Google+.

Current Mood: celebrational
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