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The Tolkien Society is an international organisation registered in the U. K. as an educational charity, number 273809. Our aim is to encourage and further interest in the life and works of the late Professor J.R.R. Tolkien C.B.E., author of two of the most well-known and best-loved books of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This site has information about JRR Tolkien (not, as often stated, JRR Tolkein), the books he wrote, his life, books others have written about him, our Society and its events, and a host of other items that you can find in the sections below. We also work with Tolkien Society Trading, which has a mail order list of books and many other items connected with Tolkien’s works.

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The Oxford Tolkien Society, or Taruithorn (Tolkien’s elvish name for Oxford), is a student-run society within the University of Oxford. Founded in 1990 by Sarah Wells (née Sturch), our main purpose is to further interest and enjoyment in the life and works of the late Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, C.B.E., all while having fun (and plenty of free cake!). See our Facebook page!

During term, we meet every Friday, usually in Christ Church. Our meetings take a variety of forms, but all are fun and sociable and include food provided by our Lembas Reps. The current termcard has more information on our planned meetings. Common events include:

  • In Michaelmas – The Freshers’ Moot drinks evening, a Tolkien’s Oxford tour, a Trial (or, more recently, election debate), and the Gandalf’s Fireworks party.
  • In Hilary – Most of the events focus on preparation for the Varsity Quiz against our counterparts in Cambridge, Minas Tirith, or our biggest annual event, the Society Banquet.
  • In Trinity – A large variety of outdoors events, including outdoor games, the Golfimbul BBQ, the Strawberry Party, and plenty of punting.
  • General meetings throughout the year include video meetings, crafts events, dramatic readings, or games evenings.

Anybody is welcome to attend our meetings, although several are members-only and those attending on a weekly basis are encouraged to sign up as a member of the society. Current membership rates are £8 for the first year, and £13 per year after that, and most of this money goes towards the food which is provided at each meeting and other running costs of the society.

One question we are frequently asked is how big a fan you need to be to attend society meetings – the answer is that everyone is welcome, from those who have read the Silmarillion multiple times, to those who have just seen the films, or maybe only have a budding interest in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Taruithorn has no entry requirements: we simply want people to come along and have fun – if you happen to learn something new about Tolkien along the way, all the better!

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