Taruithorn Termcard, Michaelmas Term 2011


Venues for meetings:


LR2 - Christ Church Lecture Room 2, right hand door in rear side of front quad, ground floor


Bayne Room - Christ Church Bayne Room, door about one-third along right side of front quad, ground floor


Lee Building - Christ Church Lee Building, reached though arch about two-thirds along right side of front quad


Those events marked with ** are open to all comers, except where otherwise noted. If you'd like to continue coming to our events after this, we ask that you join the society; membership is a very reasonable £8 per year for new members (£13 for existing members) and includes food and drink at many events.


** 1st week - Friday 14th October - Freshers' Moot **


Christ Church Bayne Room - 8pm


Fun and frivolity as we begin the first meeting of term. Food, drink, games, and an opportunity to meet and chat to members old and new.

** 2nd Week - Sunday 16th October - Tolkien's Oxford **


Meet at Christ Church Tom Quad entrance - 2pm


Get your bearings and enjoy a relaxed guided tour full of triviata about the Professor's city. Around two hours, after which we will retire to a room or pub. Final details dependent on weather. Confirmation will be via email.

** 2nd Week - Friday 21st October - Whose Ring Is It Anyway? **


Christ Church LR2 - 8pm


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

** 3rd Week - Friday 28th October - Film: The Purists' LotR **


Christ Church LR2 - 8pm


Ever wish Peter Jackson's films stuck closer to the books? This is what these careful fan-edits of the film achieve, removing extraneous scenes. Come along to enjoy, heckle, ponder, or to discuss whether the end product is a better film.

** 4th Week - Thursday 3rd November - Ice Skating **


4.30pm, meet outside the ice rink on Oxpens Road


More fun than braving Caradhras! Join us for an hour and a half of energetic fun, followed by food - location tbc

** 4th Week - Friday 4th November - The Middle Earth Primaries**


Christ Church LR2 - 8pm


Who will win the running for the Presidency of Middle Earth? Does Tom Bombadil's foreign policy stand up to scrutiny? Submit questions from the floor or join the campaign team to find out!

**5th Week - Thursday 10th November - The Theology of Middle Earth**


Christ Church LR2 - 8pm


"The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first...for the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism." -Tolkien


A guided discussion/debate evening which promises to be extremely interesting, informative, and fun! Participation from all is highly encouraged.

5th Week - Saturday 12th November - Gandalf's Fireworks


Magdalen Bridge - 6pm


Celebrate the season of frosty nights and clear night skies with a fireworks party fit to rival those of Gandalf himself! Hot baked potatoes, mulled wine, and an assortment of cakes to ward off the winter chills.


There is a supplementary charge of £2 to help cover costs.

6th Week - Thursday 17th November - Poetry Evening


Christ Church LR2 - 8pm


"It aint's what I call proper poetry, if you understand me, just a bit of nonsense."


Nonsense or sense, bring your favourite poems to share, and, if you're feeling creative, take part in writing your own.

6th Week - Friday 18th November - Banquet Planning


Christ Church LR2 - 8pm


Come and give and discuss ideas on how to decorate for, and what to serve at, this year's annual Society Banquet! Theme: The Grey Havens.

7th Week - Friday 25th November - Mathom Party


Christ Church Bayne Room - 8pm


"...for anything that Hobbits had no immediate use for, but were unwilling to throw away, they called a mathom..."


A party with a twist. Bring along your least wanted possession. You will leave with someone else's. It can get competitive!

8th Week - Friday 2nd December - Games Evening


Christ Church Bayne Room - 8pm


A chance to relax at the end of term over board games and other diversions. Feel free to bring your own favourites along, and take the time to bid friends au revoir before the vacation.