Taruithorn Termcard, Michaelmas Term 2022

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***Please note that Gandalf's fireworks in week 4 will now commence at 4pm, rather than 2pm as initially stated***

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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

All events in weeks 1-3 are free and open to everyone, so come along without obligation! If you want to keep coming after 3rd week, we ask that you become a member. Membership is a very reasonable £10 per year for new members, and £15 for existing members.

*Please note, however, that if you were unable to pay this fee due to difficult financial circunstances, please get in touch with a member of the committee. We certainly don't want it to be a barrier to entry into the society.*

Friday 1st Week (14th October) – Freshers' Moot

Meet at Christ Church Tom Tower Gate - 8pm

Come chat all things Tolkienian with members old and new, come get to know our society! We have snacks, beverages, and games lined up. Come for fun and frivolity at our our first meeting of term.

Friday 2nd Week (21st October) – Rings of Power Discussion

Meet at Christ Church Tom Tower Gate- 8pm

Join us for a presentation on Amazon's The Rings of Power TV show. Want to know how it differs from the legendarium? Our presenter will discuss the adaptation's departures from the source material. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the show and the nature of adaptations.

Saturday 3rd Week (29th October) – A tour of Tolkien's Oxford

Meet at Christ Church Tom Tower Gate - 2 pm

Interested in getting to know the Professor's city better and learning more about Tolkien's time in Oxford? Get your bearings and enjoy a guided walking tour of Oxford, of around two hours, after which we will retire to a pub.

Saturday 4th Week (5th November) – Gandalf's Fireworks

Meet outside the Christ Church Tom Tower gate - 4pm

A fireworks party to rival those of Gandalf himself! Join us for abonfire with mulled wine, and cakes to ward off the autumnal chill. If the weather is bad, we will cosyup in a pub instead.

Friday 5th Week (11th November) – Introduction to the Silmarillion

Meet at Christ Church Tom Tower Gate - 8pm

Given up on reading Tolkien's famously complicated and detailed work The Silmarillion? Or perhaps you just need a refresher? Fear not, we will give you a humorous explanation of the convoluted history of Middle-earth.

Sunday 5th Week (13th November) – The Lord of the Rings Marathon

The Jacqueline du PréMusic Building at St. Hilda's College - Time TBC

Co-organised with the St. Hilda's MCR we are hosting a screening of the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings. This event will be ticketed £5 for Taruithorn or St. Hilda's members.

Friday 6th Week (18th November) – Minor Works: The story of Kullervo

Meet at Christ Church Tom Tower Gate main entrance - 8 pm

The Professor wrote several lesser-known works, his Minor Works. This term we will look at The Story of Kullervo, which draws on the Finnish epic the Kalevala.

Friday 7th Week (25th November) – Boardgames and the Eagle Debate

Meet at Christ Church Tom Tower Gate main entrance - Time TBC

Join us for an evening of board games (Tolkien or otherwise, bring your faves) and for our famous Eagle Debate. This is a light roleplaying game where you justify your character's continued survival on the Eagle Express as you lose both height and passengers. Only the most persuasive will survive!

Friday 8th Week (2nd December) – Yule: Committee Meeting & The Father Christmas Letters

Meet outside Christ Church Tom Tower - 8pm

Get your festive spirit on! Committee meeting followed by a look at Tolkien's Father Christmas Letters. Come be transported to a land of snow and merriment.

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