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The Return of the Ring

Celebrating Tolkien in 2012

16th - 20th August 2012
Loughborough University

The ultimate event for fans of the books and films – five days celebrating 75 years of The Hobbit

Special guest talks, banquet, gaming, parties, art show, papers, quizzes, live music, costumes, workshops, storytelling, book signings, ceilidh, Middle-earth re-enactment and much more!

Following the successful ‘The Ring goes ever on Tolkien 2005’ at Aston University Birmingham. The Tolkien Society will be celebrating Tolkien’s enduring legacy with a 5-day festive and conference at Loughborough University, England, from the 16th - 20th August 2012. This event’s roots go deep, a harmonious blending of the artistic, creative, musical, fandom, academic, and partying with the opportunity to renew fellowships, will make it a long-expected gathering. A time to make new friends, and celebrate the legacy of The Professor.

2012, a year of note

‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’ 75 years later The Hobbit still holds a treasured position in the canon of children’s literature, with the prospect of live action film at the end of the year. What better time to acknowledge its timeless qualities. But the time in which the story of ‘The Hobbit’ occurs towards the end of the Third Age of a world with an epic backstory. This work known as The Silmarillion published posthumously, will see its 35th year of publication in 2012.

Events and Guests

A number of special guests have been invited to join us, and we will let you know as we receive their confirmations. To date we look forward to welcoming international comedic performer of ‘One Man LOTRCharles Ross; author, poet and Tolkien’s grandson Michael Tolkien; noted authors Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, John Garth and Brian Sibley (our Guest of Honour); artists Ted Nasmith, Cor Blok, Anke Eissmann, Ruth Lacon and Jenny Dolfen; and the directors Kate Madison and Chris Bouchard of Born of Hope and The Hunt for Gollum respectively. Check our news page for more announcements of view all confirmed guests now.

In addition to presentations on all aspects of Tolkien’s creation we will host a dealers’ room and an art exhibition. There will be special events planned for young hobbits, and the ever-popular tours. The evenings will feature a variety of entertainments, including an opening ceremony, a costume masquerade, and a ceilidh. Of course no meeting of Tolkien aficionados is complete without a banquet, and this one will be no exception.