Taruithorn Termcard, Hilary Term 2019


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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


Blue Boar Room - Christ Church Blue Boar Exhibition Space. Top left (North) exit from Tom (front) Quad, then first door on the left, then it's at the far end (West) of Blue Boar Quad.


Map of Christ Church


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.



Friday 1st Week (18th Jan) – Minor Works Readings

Highday 27th Afteryule SR8081 | Elenya 4th Nénimë VIII26

Christ Church – Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Each term, we sit down to circle-read one of Tolkien’s lesser-known short stories. This term you decide, from a totally-not-biased curated by your illustrious Mouth of Sauron. Vote here


Wednesday 2nd Week (23rd Jan) – Speaker Evenng: John Garth

Hevensday 2nd Solmath SR8081 | Eärenya 9th Nénimë VIII26

Dinner: Golden Cross – Pizza Express – 6:30pm (registration-only)

Talk: Christ Church – Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Famed Tolkien Biographer John Garth has agreed to present his new talk, Atlantis and Mars: New Light on Tolkien, Lewis, and their Science-Fiction Pact to the Society. There will also be a dinner with the speaker beforehand – sign up here


Friday 2nd Week (25th Jan) – Pub Moot

Highday 4th Solmath SR8081 | Elenya 11th Nénimë VIII26

St. Giles – Lamb and Flag - 8pm

"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. Do we need to sell this?


Friday 3rd Week (1st Feb) – AGM and pancakes

Highday 11th Solmath SR8081 | Elenya 18th Nénimë VIII26

Location TBA - 7pm

Come along to eat plenty of lovely pancakes as well as elect our committee for next year - bring along your favourite topping!


Friday 4th Week (8th Feb) – Banquet Craft Evening

Highday 18th Solmath SR8081 | Elenya 25th Nénimë VIII26

Christ Church – Blue Boar Room - 8pm

Come and be crafty! All sorts of projects welcome, whether you’re brining one with you are coming to learn something new. Craft will be with an eye towards making décor for the Banquet. Some materials provided, but feel free to bring your own!


Saturday 4th Week (9th Feb) – POSTPONED: Varsity Quiz

Sterday 19th Solmath SR8081 | Anarya 26th Nénimë VIII26

Meet Gloucester Green Bus Station – 8:50am

This has been postponed to next term


Thursday 5th Week (14th Feb) – Geek Quiz (Joint Societies)

Mersday 24th Solmath SR8081 | Valanya 1st Súlimë VIII26

Mansfield College – Hotung Auditorium (meet outside college) - 8pm

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!


Friday 5th Week (15th Feb) – Fanfic Evening

Highday 25th Solmath SR8081 | Elenya 2nd Súlimë VIII26

Christ Church – Lecture Room 2 -8pm

An evening devoted to fanfic of all sorts, and related games such as Consequences and Slash


Sunday 7th Week (24th Feb) – Banquet

Summertown – North Oxford Association Community Centre – 1:30pm

For one night only, we host a feast to end all feasts! The Taruithorn Banquet is the highlight of the year, featuring many hours of feasting, frivolity and flowing mead. Costumes are entirely optional, but encouraged! Ticketed, and places must be booked beforehand.


Friday 7th Week (1st Mar) – Speaker Evening: Edmund Weiner

Highday 9th Rethe SR8081 | Elenya 16th Súlimë VIII26

Christ Church – Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

Edmund Weiner will present his talk “They Grey out of their Name”:

"Numerous words and names in Tolkien’s works seem to have a complex inner history in his own mind. In this talk, Edmund Weiner will take another look at the way Tolkien’s creative philological imagination worked. This talk aims to be an unhasty ramble around Ent country, looking at names and topics of language construction and language theory, with perhaps a quick glance at Humpty Dumpty...”


Thursday 8th Week (7th Mar) – Committee Meeting & Board Games / Drinks

Mersday 15th Rethe SR8081 | Valanya 22nd Súlimë VIII26

Christ Church – Lecture Room 2 - 8pm

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


Friday 8th Week (8th Mar) – Tengwar-writing @ the Bodleian’s Library Lates

Highday 16th Rethe SR8081 | Elenya 23rd Súlimë VIII26

Broad Street – Weston Library – time TBC

As part of their occasional Library Lates series, the Bodleian Libraries are hosting Babel, an event celebrating language and culture. On this occasion Taruithorn will be holding an activity stall, among the many other fascinating, fun and frivolous goings-on that will presumably be, um, going on.


Event calendar


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