Taruithorn Termcard, Hilary Term 1994
Meetings will be held in Christ Church Lecture Room 2 at 8
p.m. unless otherwise stated. Where appropriate, please bring drink
(and food) and more drink for after the meetings. (for "Where
appropriate", read "after all Friday meetings")
First Week - Friday Friday 20th January - PANCAKE PARTY
To celebrate the fact that Friday of First Week is not Shrove
Tuesday, Taruithorn jumps on the "It's not Pancake Day" bandwagon by
having a Pancake Party. The party will be held at 18 James Street at
8 p.m.. For those of you who do not know where James Street is, meet
outside The Hobgoblin pub at 7.45 p.m.. For those of you who don't
know where the Hobgoblin is, then shame on you. (It's next to
Magdalen roundabout.) Please bring along your favourite pancake
topping and, of course, drink.
Second Week - Friday 27th January - SPEAKER MEETING
Rayner Unwin CBE will give a talk on "Tolkien and Publishing". Rayner
Unwin was a great friend of Tolkien and at the age of ten was the
first person to review The Hobbit. Rayner Unwin gave an excellent
speech on the previous occasion he spoke to the society, so this is
not to be missed.
Third Week - Friday 3rd February - PUB CRAWL
The Lord of the Rings would have been considerably shorter had the
various characters not spent huge amounts of time quaffing ale and
guzzling wine. To commemorate this, Taruithorn intends to spend a
leisurely evening wandering around a few of Tolkien's favourite Oxford
Pubs. Meet at 7.30 p.m. at The Eagle and Child.
Third Week - Saturday 4th February - LONDON TRIP
Taruithorn invades London! The annual trip to the Capital City will
consist of a day's site seeing followed by a meeting up with the
London Tolkien Society in their favourite watering hole. Meet at 9 am
at Gloucester Green bus station.
(9 am !!! absolute madness after a pub crawl on the previous night, I
Fourth Week - Friday 10th February - CULTURE EVENING
Taruithorn and culture? Surely not! But nay, it is true,
Taruithorn will pay a visit to a local Theatre or if there is nothing
of interest on at the Theatre, we will attend one of Oxford's
fleapits. More details later.
Fifth Week - Friday 17th February - SPEAKER MEETING
Pat Reynolds will give a talk on "Burial Customs in Middle-earth".
This is going to be a dead interesting meeting and one definitely not
to be missed.
Sixth Week - Friday 24th February - BOARD GAMES EVENING
Gentle pre-banquet fun, this one. Play "Taruithorn - The Board Game",
"The Lonely Mountain Game" or games which have absolutely no relevance
to Tolkien at all such as "Plague". This meeting will be held at 18
James Street at the usual time of 8 p.m.. Bring along your favourite
board game and, naturally, food and drink.
Sixth Week - Saturday 25th February - BARAD DÛR BANQUET
The Taruithorn highlight of the year. This is the fifth anniversary
banquet so we return to our original theme of Tolkien's baddies.
Dress up as your favourite nasty character from Middle Earth and eat
and drink till you burst. More details will be sent to all members.
Remember! - no one has been injured at a Taruithorn banquet for at
least four years. Provisional prices of £15 for members and £20 for
non members with a £5 reduction for those amongst you who do not wish
to partake in the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Seventh Week - Friday 3rd March - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Your chance to help mould the shape of Taruithorn in the future.
Stand for any of the posts shown below or merely use your
constitutional right as a member to remove Loïs from the presidency.
Eighth Week - Friday 10th March - BALLOON DEBATE
Prepare yourself for an evening jam packed full of silliness. Get
ready for an in-character debate on "Who was the hardest character in
Middle Earth". Personally, I would have thought it would be the
trolls from the Hobbit after they had been turned to stone, but maybe
I misunderstood the title.... This will be followed by a
All regular meetings should be advertised in Daily Information.
Committee meetings are on Mondays at 6.30 p.m. in Rob's room in Christ
Church. All are welcome.