|The Gathering of the
Fellowship is very pleased to have made arrangements with Heren
Istarion, the North East Tolkien Society, to be responsible for all of
the Programming at the 2006 Convention.
|Founded in September 2000
by Anthony Burdge, Heren Istarion is officially registered with the
Tolkien Society UK as a smial or subsidiary/affiliate organization.
Heren Istarion is a literary group dedicated to celebrating the life
and works of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien. Heren Istarion is also an
academic society centered on the promotion and enjoyment of the
fantastic, in literature and myth. As such, Heren Istarion is a charter
member of The Mythopoeic Society, a literary society devoted to the
works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.
its five-year history, Heren Istarion has become one of the most active
Tolkien Societies in North America. It was awarded "Smial of The Year"
at The Tolkien Society's Oxonmoot 2002, and successfully organized and
hosted all of the academic programming at "The Gathering of the
Fellowship 2003" in Toronto, Canada. Its membership ranges both
nationally and internationally. The Society develops and hosts Tolkien
events around the New York City Area, and publishes a bimonthly journal
The name Heren Istarion,
inspired by Tolkien's Unfinished
Tales, means "Order of Wizards" in Sindarin, one of Tolkien's
invented Elvish languages.
|Anthony S. Burdge and Jessica Burke are
the Chairman and Co-chair, respectively, of Heren
Istarion. They regularly collaborate on a range of academic and
critical pieces about the life and works of Professor J.R.R Tolkien.
The Gathering of the
Fellowship will have a wide variety of programming, to suit all fans of
J.R.R. Tolkien. We've divided this area of the Convention website into
the following sections, to make it easier for you to explore our event:
We believe that we
have created a world class line up of special guests, from all fields
of Tolkien study, fandom, expression, gaming, etc. We will be adding to
this line up as the months pass, so be sure to come back often and
check for updates! Go to this section to view our current guest line up
and to read their biographies.
This section is a
comprehensive listing of all the programming sessions currently set or
in development. This list will be continuously updated as new
Programming is added. Here you will be able to search for your
preferred Tolkien topics, and locate your favourite Guests.
We will be accepting item donations for our Silent Charity Auction, the
proceeds of which will go directly to ProLiteracy Worldwide. As the
items are known, they will be listed in this section, along with
details about the actual Auction.
"Fellowship" is what the Gathering is all about, and recognizing this,
we have put together a series of very special events that will be
available to our attendees over the four days of the convention. This
section outlines each of these events, along with dates and details as
they are determined. We will strive to accommodate every fan's
obsession, from food to costuming, from music to movies, and from
immersion in Middle-earth to hobnobbing with celebrities—it's all here!
This section contains details about the Gathering's Masquerade
competition, including the rules, the weapons policy, contest entry
requirments, and prizes information.
This page contains the Programming Schedule, during its late
development and through to the final version. Keep in mind that this is
a document that is always been changed, so check back often, even until
the last few days before the event!
There are no positions available at this time. More will become
available as we approach the event, especially as
we begin planning the Opening and Closing Ceremonies!
you wish to submit a picture of yourself in costume for future
consideration, please do so! Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Programming:
The goal of Programming
Directors Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke for The Gathering of the
Fellowship 2006 is to present a schedule of events that would balance
all the myriad branches of Tolkien appreciation, from academia to art
to music and beyond. We have found that throughout the world Tolkien
fans express their interest in Middle-earth and its stories in varying
ways. Below you will find a listing of programming tracks
dedicated to all aspects of the celebration of Tolkien. This is
certainly not a final list, and may change or expand as programming is
submitted to us. At the last Gathering of the Fellowship, we celebrated
the release of New Line Cinema's The
Return of the King and the preceding films, as presented by
Peter Jackson. In 2006 we seek to bring to fans not only an academic
conference, with the top scholars in the field of Tolkien Studies, but
also to celebrate how each and every one of us who love his work
expresses our love for Tolkien’s work.
If you are a fan who has a love for Tolkien’s work, and expresses it in
academic study, art, costuming, gaming, arms & armour, music,
re-enactment, or otherwise, help us make this conference a truly unique
experience. Send us a submission for programming, including full
details of what you wish to present, any ideas for ways of
incorporating your idea, any experience you may have in presenting your
program or paper in the form of a résumé, and any needs
you may have (i.e. audio/visual, etc).
topics for The
Gathering of the Fellowship 2006 (updated March 11, 2006)*:
Languages & Writing, and Inkling Study:
Academic papers and critical discussion of the works of Tolkien
and Lewis and their literary circle The Inklings, as well as panel
discussions, presentations on the languages of Tolkien & Reamilyan
(developed for Ancanar film
and history), with attendee workshops and involvement in writing the
- Stage and Screen
Interpretations: This topic will focus on the influence that
Tolkien and Lewis have had on film (i.e. Peter Jackson's movies, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ancanar), and other interpretations
of The Lord of the Rings,
from stage musical to radio to animation.
Presentations by our professional artists, and discussions of the
influence of Tolkien and Lewis on fantasy art.
Presentations on the influence of Tolkien and Lewis on the realm of
- Costuming and Armour:
A topic dedicated to costuming, weaponry, and armour. This includes
presentations from Kropserkel,
as well as presentations by The
Ringlord, one of the nation’s leading crafters of chainmail, and a
talk from The
Lonely Mountain Forge.
*This topic list is not final and may be changed at any time
without notice, at the sole discretion of the Programming Directors of
the Gathering of the Fellowship.