Taruithorn Termcard, Michaelmas Term 2016


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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 - Thursday 13th October - Freshers' Moot**


Christ Church Blue Boar Room - 8pm


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

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


Christ Church - meet at 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 - so check your email!

**2nd Week - Friday 21st October - Dramatic Readings**


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Join us to read out passages from our favourite Tolkien or related work. Appealing to the thespian in each of us, we practice and perform various scenes in a suitably ir/reverent fashion. Bring along your favourite and pick a passage!

**2nd Week - Saturday 22nd October - Film Marathon**


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 11am


In which we marathon one of the Jackson Trilogies. You decide - choice by Doodle poll via Facebook! Stay for the whole thing, or pop in for an hour

**3rd Week - Thursday 27th October - Speaker Evening: Denis Bridoux**


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Denis Bridoux will give a lecture entitled Laketown: How a Mythology for Switzerland contributed to a Mythology for England. There is an entry fee of £2 for members and £3 for non-members to this event. Additionally, there will be limited places for dinner with the speaker beforehand - contact the Society if you'd like to come to that.

**3rd Week - Friday 28th October - Introduction to the Silmarillion**


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Our humorous take on explaining the convoluted history of Middle Earth. There may be finger puppets!

**4th Week - Friday 4th November - Middle Earth elections**


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Who will win the running for the Presidency of Middle-earth? Submit questions from the floor or join the campaign team to find out!


Note that those events above, marked with **, are open to all comers, except where otherwise noted. If you'd like to continue coming to our events after this point, we ask that you join the Society; membership is a very reasonable £5 pet term or £8 per year for new members (£13 for existing members) and includes food and drink at many events.


5th Week - Thursday 10th November - Geek Quiz


Location TBA - 8pm


In the legendary Geek Quiz run by the Doctor Who Society, 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...

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


Meet at Magdalen Bridge - 6pm


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 cost of food.) 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.

6th Week - Thursday 17th November - Speaker Evening: Martin Baker


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Martin Baker will give a lecture entitled Thinking about Disappointment: Understanding Reactions to the Hobbit Trilogy. There is an entry fee of £2 for members and £3 for non-members to this event. Additionally, there will be limited places for dinner with the speaker beforehand - contact the Society if you'd like to come to that.

6th Week - Friday 19th November - Whose Ring is it Anyway & Parlour Games


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Frantic improvisation is the name of the day, with some, little, or no relation to Tolkien according to taste. Bring props! (or parlour games, if we're feeling lazy)

7th Week - Thursday 24th November - Banquet Planning


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


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

7th Week - Friday 25th November - Minor Works: Leaf By Niggle


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Continuing our over year-long tradition of setting an evening aside for the minor works, this term we'll be circle-reading Leaf By Niggle.

8th Week - Thursday 1st December - Film Evening: fan film of choice


Christ Church - Lecture Room 2 - 8pm


Join us for a cosy evening in with popcorn and a movie. Film to be selected from one of the fan films - popular vote through Doodle poll via Facebook

8th Week - Friday 2nd December - Board games


Christ Church - Friend Room (Lee Building) - 8pm


A chance to relax at the end of term over wine, board games, and other diversions.