Taruithorn Termcard, Michaelmas Term 2017


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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



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.



** Freshers’ Moot **

Friday 1st Week (October 13th), 8PM, Christ Church Lee Building

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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.

** Tolkien’s Oxford **

Saturday 1st Week (October 14th) 2PM, Christ Church Tom Tower Gate main entrance

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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 pub. Final details dependent on weather - so check your email!

** Introduction to The Silmarillion **

Friday 2nd Week (October 20th), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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In which we attempt the impossible - to explain the entirety of Professor's most complex and storied work, while making the whole thing accessible, funny and entertaining. Should be a good laugh, whether you know the First Age back to back, or have never turned a page of the Silmarillion!

** Film Marathon **

Saturday 2nd Week (October 21st), 11AM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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Yup, the whole thing! The entirety of one of Peter Jackson's Trilogies, with drinks, nibbles, and probably a pizza run to fortify the constitution (note: we will not pay for members pizzas, so bring cash!) Feel free to pop in and out - there will be breaks between each film, and we'll try to announce the estimated start time of each film on Facebook/Twitter; so you can arrive at the perfect time to watch your favourite scenes!

** Pub Moot **

Thursday 3rd Week (October 26th), 8PM, location TBA

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"Oh, you can search far and wide / you can drink the whole town dry!"

A moot, in a pub. There will be friends, and drinks. Does this require from further explication? Dancing on the tables optional!

** Speaker Evening: Joel Cornah **

Friday 3rd Week (October 27th), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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Local author Joel Cornah on Finding the Voices for Tolkien, a talk on the radio adaptations and the power of listening.

“When making Tolkien's works into audio dramas, the most important factor is the voice. From the high, aloof Gandalf in the BBC adaptation of The Hobbit, to the measured, legendary Ian McKellen, we take a look at how this has been done over the years. Warning: May contain terrible music.”

** Debate: Eagle Debate **

Friday 4th Week (November 3rd), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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Our first Eagle Debate! On the trans-Arda express, Gwaihir is rapidly losing height. He can only carry one of you, so who’s bailing out? Come and decide who stays and who goes in our own twist on the Balloon debate / Survivor game, where Middle Earth passengers will try and persuade you not to throw them from the eagle in a classic blend of democracy and tragic deaths.

Everyone can participate, no prep needed!

** Documentary: Craft Evening & Tolkien Videos **

Saturday 4th Week (November 4th), 6PM, TBA

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Come and make origami boats and paper lanterns to float out onto the river during 5th Week's Bonfire event! No origami experience needed! All materials and instructions supplied, just bring yourselves. The idea is this will be a cosy craft evening, so if you do want to bring anything (including any other craft projects!) feel free.

Geek Quiz

Thursday 5th Week (November 9th), 8PM, Worcester College Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre

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In the legendary Geek Quiz, Oxford’s geekiest societies compete to win the crown of “the team wot won that term”. Submissions for rounds welcome!

Beren & Lúthien Appreciation Evening

Friday 5th Week (November 10th), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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Marking the publication of Beren & Lúthien, we geek out over Tolkien’s favourite forbidden romance.

Gandalf’s Fireworks

Saturday 5th Week (November 11th), 6PM, Magdalen Bridge

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Celebrate the season of frosty nights and clear night skies with a fireworks party fit to rival those of Gandalf himself! A roaring bonfire, hot baked potatoes, mulled wine, and an assortment of cakes to ward off the winter chills. (There is a £2 charge to cover costs.) If you need to arrive later, we're in a rather difficult-to-find place on Aston's Eyot down Jackdaw Lane (off Iffley Road) - contact a member of the committee for directions.

Banquet Planning

Thursday 6th Week (November 16th), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 1

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Calling all Cooks, Artists and Inveterate Meddlers! Get involved in planning our biggest event of the year, Hilary Term’s Banquet Extravaganza!

Spiders, Shieldmaidens and Spirits: Tolkien’s Women

Friday 6th Week (November 17th), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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“What do you fear, my lady?”

An open discussion of women in Tolkien’s works.

Speaker Evening: John Garth

Thursday 7th Week (November 23rd), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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Award-winning Tolkien biographer John Garth offering his recent paper and a question-and-answer session:

“John Garth, award-winning author of Tolkien and the Great War, overturns everything we know about the origins of the story of world-creation that opens The Silmarillion. Through new discoveries about when Tolkien wrote the Music of the Ainur and what inspired him to do so, Garth reveals why this Creation myth should truly be seen as the foundational story of Middle-earth.”

Ice Skating

Saturday 7th Week (November 25th), 8PM, meet at Carfax Tower

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No actual Tolkien content, but lots of fun!

Minor Works: Farmer Giles of Ham

Thursday 8th Week (November 30th), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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Continuing our over year-long tradition of setting an evening aside for the minor works, this term we'll be collectively reading the oft-overlooked Farmer Giles of Ham, Tolkien’s best dragon story.

Board Games

Friday 8th Week (December 1st), 8PM, Christ Church Lecture Room 2

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A chance to relax at the end of term over wine, board games, and other diversions. Bring along your favourites!