Taruithorn Termcard, Michaelmas 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.



** Friday 1st Week - October 12th - Freshers’ Moot **

Christ Church Blue Boar Room - 8PM

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.

** Sunday 1st Week - October 14th - Tolkien’s Oxford **

meet ChCh Tom Tower - 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 pub.

** Friday 2nd Week - October 19th - Middle-earth Survivor: The Eagle Debate **

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

A light RPG. Justify your character's continued survival on the Eagle Express as you lose both height and passengers. Only the most persuasive will survive!

** Saturday 2nd Week - October 20th - Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Trip **

Weston Library - 10AM

Join us for a Society outing to the Bodleian Libraries’ Tolkien Exhibition. We’ve bulk-booked tickets, so email us to reserve a place!

** Friday 3rd Week - October 26th - Introduction to The Silmarillion **

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

Our humorous take on explaining the convoluted history of Middle Earth.

** Saturday 3rd Week - October 27th - Board Games Afternoon **

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 2-7PM

An afternoon of gaming, Tolkien or otherwise. Bring your faves!

** Friday 4th Week - November 2nd - The Fall of Gondolin Roundtable **

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

We’ve been spoilt in recent years with an outpouring of newly-published Tolkien works. Time to discuss the most recent offering, this summer’s Fall of Gondolin!

** Saturday 4th Week - November 3rd - Film Evening **

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

In which we cram as many films as we can before the Christ Church Porters kick us out. Film choices will be curated by popular vote closer to the time.

** Thursday 5th Week - November 8th - Geek Quiz **

location TBA - 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!

Saturday 5th Week - November 10th - Gandalf’s Fireworks

meet at Magdalen Bridge - 6PM

A fireworks party to rival those of Gandalf himself! A bonfire with baked potatoes, mulled wine, and an assortment of cakes to ward off the winter’s chills. There is a charge of £2 to help cover costs.

Thursday 6th Week - November 15th - Pub Moot

Lamb & 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 6th Week - November 16th - Speaker Evening: Anna Milon

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

Education Secretary of the National Tolkien Society and Friend of Taruithorn Anna Milon will be visiting us for a talk this week. Subject TBA.

Thursday 7th Week - November 22nd - Banquet Planning

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

Hilary Term’s annual Banquet is an extravaganza of food, music, dancing and merriment. Join us in planning this enormously creatively fulfilling event.

Friday 7th Week - November 23rd - Bonus Round: Mystery Event!

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 8PM

Each term the committee cooks up events we think you’ll like – but now, you decide! Tell us what you think the termcard is missing, and we’ll endeavour to provide!

Thursday 8th Week - November 29th - Minor Works: The Father Christmas Letters

ChCh Bayne Room - 8PM

With less than a month left until Christmas, we’ll be curling up in the cosy Bayne Room to circle read Tolkien’s oft-overlooked Father Christmas Letters.

Friday 8th Week - November 30th - Committee Meeting & Board Games / Drinks

Christ Church Lecture Room 2 - 7:30PM

A chance to get involved as the White Council connive a roster of delicious events for next term. To be followed either by board games or drinking as the mood takes us.


Event calendar


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