Taruithorn Termcard, Trinity Term 2003

Venues for meetings:

Christ Church College, Lecture Room 2, 8pm, unless otherwise advertised

Please note: The majority of events are now taking place on Fridays

1st Week - Friday 2nd May - Parlez-Vous Tolkien?

Christ Church LR2

We will be getting the term off to a flying start with an evening of party games and readings with the theme of communication difficulties. Be prepared to mime, and if you have a copy of Tolkien in any foreign language, please bring it along!

2nd Week - Friday 9th May - Golfimbol

7 PM - meet in front of Angel & Greyhound pub, St Clements (If late come direct to Angel Meadow, behind the car park behind the pub.)

The ancient Hobbit game of Golfimbol is seriously scary, involving baseball bats and a severed head. Possibly the antecedent of golf. Later on (or if it is wet) we will move into the pub and play some of their great collection of indoor games with a Tolkienesque twist.

Note also- Union Speakers

Tuesday 6th May 8.30 PM: LOTR movie star John Rhys-Davies will be speaking at the Oxford Union


Sunday 11th May 8.30 PM: LOTR movie megastar Sir Ian McKellen - GANDALF -will be speaking at the Oxford Union Enough of us are members to sign/smuggle in anyone else who wants to come - details nearer the time.

3rd Week - Saturday 17th May - The Sarehole Mill Tolkien Fair

(travel details nearer the time)

The nearest thing we can arrange to a real visit to Middle Earth! A trip to the national Tolkien Society's outdoor fair and festival, a huge annual event that draws thousands of visitors, with attractions ranging from mounted Black Riders to real museum exhibits of medieval England. An all-day outing not to be missed!

4th Week - Thursday 22nd May - Debate

Is It The Untold Stories That Are Most Moving?

Christ Church LR2 - 8pm

The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit are just the tip of the iceberg of Tolkien's voluminous writings on Middle Earth and its languages. Come along to learn about his full vision, and debate the question: if you have read only LoTR, does that make you an ignoramus - or wise!?

5th Week - Saturday 31st May - Punting practice

Wolfson College - 4pm

A trip along the Cherwell past the University Parks and the beauty of Mesopotamia, negotiating the hazard of the willow tree which may have inspired Old Man Willow, and stopping off to see the less scary trees planted in Tolkien's memory. Experienced punters will give tuition to the less so.

6th Week - Friday 6th June - Strawberry Party

Christ Church - 7pm

The annual strawberry party with a new twist: we will be learning to play croquet in the Fellows' Garden (and trying to work out what Middle-Earth story inspired its invention, as with golfimbol and golf). Possibly preceded by a strawberry-gathering expedition: details nearer the time.

7th Week - Saturday 14th June - A Serious and Silly Walk

Meet 6pm outside Borders, by Martyrs' Memorial

We will take the bus out to visit Tolkien's grave at Wolvercote Cemetery. From there we will make a more light-hearted walk back to town via the Thames and Port Meadow, stopping off at pubs to include the Trout and the Perch. We hope to be additionally regaled by alumni anecdotes of the early days of the Society.

8th Week - Friday 20th June - Drogo Memorial Punt Party

Cherwell Boathouse - 6pm

"She pushed him in, and he pulled her in after him" - J R R Tolkien

The traditional end-of-term punt trip, to include a stop for drinks and supper at the Vicky Arms. (Don't worry, no-one in living Society memory has either fallen or been pushed overboard.)