Taruithorn Termcard, Trinity Term 2018


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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.



1st week – Friday 27th April – Filking

Christ Church – LR2 – 8pm


Do join the Society for an evening of creative hilarity as we warp the words of well- and lesser-known songs to Tolkenian themes. Writing and singing both, according to your preference!

2nd week – Friday 4th May – Minor works (Roverandom)

Christ Church – Bayne room – 8pm


In one of our termly minor works evenings, we will be circle-reading the lovely short story Roverandom, with discussion afterwards. Bring your own copy if you have one!

3rd week – Thursday 10th May – Trial of Bilbo Baggins

Christ Church – LR2 – 8pm


Diminutive and unexpected hero - or so we've always been led to believe. After all, it's always the quiet ones that crack. What dark charges can we drum up of everyone's favourite burglar? Theft of property, blackmail, breaking and entering, and whatever else?

Help us decide Bilbo's guilt or innocence at his Trial, a role-playing evening with parts large (prosecution, defence, the burglar himself) and small (witnesses, jury), or just come and spectate!

3rd week – Friday 11th May – Golfimbul BBQ

Meadow Lane Recreation Ground (Junction of Jackdaw Lane & Meadow Lane, Iffley)(LR2 8pm if raining) - 6pm


Our BBQ in the park, paired with silly outdoor games and glowsticks! Should the weather be poor, we will hold a packup event at the usual time (8pm) in Christ Church's LR2

There are no facilities at the Recreation Ground, but it is ~3 mins walk from a member's house, who has offered the use thereof if needed. There is nearby parking, and level access

4th week – Friday 18th May – CANCELLED: Edmund Weiner Talk 'They grew out of their name'

Christ Church – LR2 – 8pm


The speaker evening has been cancelled. There will be a replacement event at the same time and place.

4th week – Friday 18th May – Eagle debate

Christ Church – LR2 – 8pm


This has been rescheduled to replace the speaker event.

Following last year's success, we will be recapitulating the 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!

5th week – Thursday 24th May – Geek Quiz

Worcester College – Nazrin Shah Auditorium – 8pm (TBC)


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! Taruithorn contingent will be meeting outside Worcester at 7:55pm.

5th week – Friday 25th May – Reading in Master’s garden

Christ Church – Master’s garden - 6pm (Bayne room 8pm if raining)


An evening of readings (dramatic or otherwise) in Christ Church gardens, with accompanying snacks

6th week – Wednesday 30th May – Speaker evening

Christ Church – LR2 – 9pm


A talk from William Fliss, Archivist of the Tolkien Archives at Marquette. He'll also be recording testimonials of any interested Tolkien fans for his Oral Histories Project.

6th week – Friday 1st June – Waterstones Tolkein Quiz

Waterstone - Broad St. – 7pm


In celebration of the Bodleian Tolkien Exhibition, Waterstones bookstore are putting on a Tolkien-centric quiz Entry is £5 (plus a service fee, sadly), but there will be prizes both for the overall quiz winner and best costume! Get your tickets here

6th week – Saturday 2nd June – Strawberry party

Christ Church – Master’s garden (Lee Building if raining) - 3pm


Strawberries, Pimms, and Croquet abound in the annual Tolkien Society Strawberry Party. An afternoon of merry-making and strawberries.

7th week – Friday 8th June – Film evening

Christ Church – LR2 – 8pm


In which we watch something Tolkien-related - be it one of the animated films, Peter Jackson movies, or one of the fan works. Film to be decided by doodle poll closer to the time

7th week – Saturday 9th – Ramble

10AM provisional meeting at train station


Meeting Oxford Rail Station in the morning - further details soon

Our annual country ramble will be taking us along the Thames path in the Chilterns this year. About 4 miles of relatively level ground (#20 in this booklet), with a possible extension taking it up to 5.5 miles with a small hill

8th week – Friday 15th June – Punting

Location TBA (LR2 if raining) - 6pm


Location TBA - depending on where we can book punts, likely either Magdalen or Cherwell Boathouses

A party. On punts! In memory of Frodo's beloved parents Drogo and Primula Baggins, who drowned in the Brandywine River in SR 1380. Pimms, snacks and merriment shall be had by all


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