Taruithorn Termcard, Hilary Term 2015

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Venues for meetings:

LR2 - Christ Church Lecture Room 2, right hand door in rear (East) side of Tom (front) Quad, ground floor

Bayne Room - Christ Church Bayne Room, door about one-third along right (South) side of Tom (front) Quad, ground floor

1st week - Friday 23rd January - Whose Ring is it Anyway?

Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Frantic improvisation is the name of the day, with some, little or no relation to Tolkien according to taste. Bring props!.

2nd week - Friday 30th January - Quiz Practice

Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Later this term we'll be having our annual quiz against the Cambridge Tolkien Society - today we'll practice on questions ranging from the trivial to the tricksy!

2nd week - Saturday 31st January - Ice-Skating

Time and meeting point TBA (4pm at Carfax?)

Whether you're great at it or havenever tried it before, come and join us for some 2nd Week fun on ice!

3rd week - Friday 6th February - Anniversary Party Planning

Christ Church - Bayne Room - 8pm

This year is Taruithorn's 25th birthday (Not quite as venerable as eleventy-one, we know), and will be celebrated in Trinity with a party of special magnificience! Come along to pool ideas to make this truly a day to remember.

4th week - Thursday 12th February - Farmer Giles of Ham

Christ Church - Bayne Room - 8pm

We'll be group-reading through Tolkien's often underappreciated but truly wonderful Farmer Giles of Ham - which can't hurt our chances in the Varsity Quiz later this term!

4th week - Friday 13th February - Speaker Meeting

Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Our speaker this evening will be Dr Anna Caughey of Keble College, a lecturer in Old and Middle English, who has specific interest in Tolkien and contributed to the recent Blackwell Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien. There may be dinner with Dr Caughey beforehand.

5th week - Thursday 19th February - The Geek Quiz

Magdalen - Daubeny Lecture Theatre - 8pm

In the legendary Geek Quiz, members of Oxford's geekiest societies get together in teams in order to battle it out for the crown of "team who won that term". A really fun evening, and who knows, we might even get an answer right occasionally... hopefully we can improve on our sixth-out-of-seven position last term

5th Week - Friday 20th February - Film Dubbing

Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

We'll be attempting to cause hilarity by dubbing over sections of the LotR and Hobbit films with our own alternative voiceover... bring a selection of funny accents!

6th Week - Friday 27th February - Pancake Party and AGM

Location TBA

Come along to eat plenty of lovely pancakes as well as elect our committee for next year - bring along your favourite topping!

6th Week - Saturday 28th February - Varsity Quiz


An opportunity to meet and chat with some like-minded people from the Other Place, we travel en masse to meet up with the Cambridge Tolkien Society for our annual battle of wits.

7th Week - Thursday 5th March - Dramatic Readings

Christ Church - Bayne Room - 8pm

Join us to read out passages from our favourite Tolkien or related work. Appealing to the thespian in each of us, we practice and perform various scenes in a suitably ir/reverent fashion. Bring along your favourite and pick a passage!

7th Week - Friday 6th March - Speaker Meeting

Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Our speaker this week will be Edmund Weiner, Chief Philologist of at the Oxford English Dictionary, who has a special interest in Tolkien's time working at the OED.

7th Week - Saturday 7th March - Mini-Banquet

Location TBA

In contrast to our usually large and phenomenally spectacular annual banquet, this year we'll be having a slightly smaller phenomenally spectacular annual banquet due to our enormous and phenomenally spectacular anniversary party in Trinity. Bring along an incredibly tasty dish, as that's how food's going to work!

8th Week - Thursday 12th March - Pubmoot

Presumably A Pub - 8pm

Have a drink and some possibly-Tolkien-themed chat as we wind down for the end of term.

8th Week - Friday 13th March - Silly Games

Christ Church - Bayne Room - 8pm

A chance to relax at the end of term over board games and sample the fruit of our labours from last week. Feel free to bring your own favourites along, and take the time to bid friends farewell before the vacation...