The Gathering of the Fellowship Tolkien Fan Community



Sessions

These tables outline the various Programming Sessions that will be held at
The Gathering of the Fellowship Convention in Toronto, 2006.
This is not a final list! There is much more to come...

Topics & Sessions Index*

Scholarship, Languages & Writing, and Inkling Study

Stage and Screen Interpretations
Art
Music
Costuming and Armour
General
*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.



Some sessions may require pre-registration and materials fees.
Sessions listed in alphabetical order (by title).

Session

Schedule & Location

PRESENTATION: Ancanar Evolution
Presented by Anthony S. Burdge

AncanarAncanar is not just a film, it is an entire world created and inspired by not just great authors and filmmakers but also by the world about us. This believable secondary world includes its own language, writing system, tales of happiness and stories of woe. This prelude to the Ancanar/GOTF Fan Multimedia Project will highlight the 1st creative spark of the story through now. What inspired the writers/filmmakers? How has the story progressed and developed over time? What were the earlier to later results of story to film shoot? The creative process will be narrated through the showing of earlier footage to later.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
3:15pm to 4:15pm
MIRKWOOD
PRESENTATION: Ancanar: Fala Teilanin! (Going Forth in Friendship) A Fan Multimedia Presentation
Presented by Barb Boedges and Leah Damgaard-Hansen
Ancanar
Seldom has a movie still in its development phase attracted such a diverse and loyal fan following. Yet, Ancanar has grown from a small-budget student film to a major motion picture, all the while retaining and adding devoted fans. With a spectacular website, Iaurond Room message boards, and Saturday real-time chats, Ancanar fans connect across age differences, cultural differences, and geographical borders.

Ancanar's timeless themes, intriguing and complex characters, and subtle, mysterious plot lines draw in and bind together fans across the world. Inspired by the writings of J.R. R. Tolkien, yet separate and apart from Middle-earth, Ancanar's tale is rooted in the rich history of the Books of Lore, inscribed with the strength and beauty of the Reamiliyan language, forged with the armour of the Rammoth and Elven peoples, and carried forward with the relentless intensity of the Rammoth drums.

In this multimedia presentation, members of the Iaurond Room Message Boards will bring their  own creative writings, artwork, photography, costuming and music to the "Ancanar" experience.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
MORIA
PRESENTATION: The Art of Jef Murray: Tolkien, Fairy Tales, and the “True Myth” of Christianity
Presented by Jef Murray

J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis shared the view that myth and fairy tales are essential to understanding the deeper and often paradoxical truths of human existence. They also believed that pagan myths and fairy stories prefigured the "true myth" of Christianity, and that "sub-creation," or the process of crafting stories, poems, paintings, music, etc. was the greatest expression of what it means to be human.

In this presentation, Jef will discuss his art as it relates to these themes. Additional topics to be explored will be the human yearning for home, the nature of life as adventure, the "thin veil" between the real and the sacramental worlds, and eucatastrophe, or the truth of the happy ending. Jef's paintings and sketches, inspired by fairy tales, by Christian teachings, and by the works of Tolkien and Lewis, will be used to illustrate this lively romp through the mythical and the magical.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Saturday, July 1, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
MORIA
PRESENTATION: The Art of Ted Nasmith
Presented by Ted Nasmith

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

The Shores of Valinor
"The Shores of Valinor" by Ted Nasmith

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Sunday, July 2, 2006
5:00pm to 6:00pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)

FILM PREVIEW: Born of Hope
Presented by Kate Robinson
Born of Hope
EXCLUSIVE: THIS WILL BE THE FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE OF FILM MATERIAL AND THE FILMMAKERS OF THIS TOLKIEN INSPIRED FILM, AT THE GATHERING OF THE FELLOWSHIP!

Kate Robinson, the Director/Co-Producer of Born of Hope has agreed to present material and updates on the film’s progress. Join us for a discussion on the film and Q&A with fans and attendees. We will be posting more information about the film, an official program abstract and more as this program develops in coming days.

Film summary:
Born of Hope is conceived as a prequel to the Lord of the Rings and is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings in the Appendices of the Trilogy. Unlike most fan films, Born of Hope is not a spoof or parody, but a serious drama with many aspects of Tolkien’s work and Peter Jackson’s films represented: love, war, family, friendship, good and evil.


General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)

&
Monday, July 3, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PRESENTATION: Bringing The Lord of the Rings to the Stage

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
3:30pm to 4:30pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
FILM: Bruce Hopkins in 1nite
Presented by Bruce Hopkins

1niteIntruding on the lives of people you pass everyday on the streets, or watch, sitting at cages, 1nite captures moments of life and the impulsive journey of the street itself.

A Sikh taxi driver (Rajiv Varma) struggles to maintain his optimistic view of the opportunities New Zealand provides.

A meeting between two old friends (Bruce Hopkins - Lord of the Rings and Nial Greenstock) tests the line of friendly rivalry and competition, and uncovers bitter feelings and revelations.

A good Samaritan (Karlos Drinkwater) recovering from a recent breakup helps a crippled ex-cop (Jon Brazier).

A bad night out for a prostitute (Anna Hewlett) is made much more difficult by her obsessively watchful boyfriend (David Van Horn).

With
David Van Horn, Karlos Drinkwater, Rajiv Varma, Jon Brazier, Lauren Jackson, Nial Greenstock, Bruce Hopkins, Anna Hewlett, Genevieve Bowers
Directed by Amarbir Singh
Music by Adnan Khan
Contains Violence, Sexual References and Offensive Language

Restricted Admission: No reservations required. Adults (16 and over) only.
Duration: 90 min.

For information on this film, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:30pm to 11:00pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PROGRAM: Bruce Hopkins' New Zealand Music Party
Presented by Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins will be hosting a 'party' for attendees to come by and enjoy a night of  New Zealand  music, introducing the 'kiwi' sound, complete with  songs and discussion about specific bands.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 75 min.

For information on this program, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
4:45pm to 6:00pm
MORIA
INTERVIEW: M. Colin Havard: An Inkling’s Son Remembers
Guest M. Colin Havard interviewed by Mike Foster

An intimate discussion with Mark Colin Havard, son of Dr. Robert (Humphrey) Havard, the personal doctor of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, as well as Inkling.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this interview, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Sunday, July 2, 2006
6:15pm to 7:15pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
WORKSHOP: Creative Costuming for Practical Fans
Conducted by Kate Dallin

A look at original designs in Middle-earth, stepping away from the recreation of film costumes, Emphasis will be placed on the inspiration behind costumes for Tolkien's non-film characters, as well as seeing an initial idea develop into a finished costume.

1. The Initial Creative Process
How does one begin to conceptualize a design? Where do we find Inspiration? Any number of things, from a line in a book to a nice piece of ribbon, can spark creativity and begin the process that makes a rough idea into a finished costume.

2. Construction Tips and Techniques
Inspiration plays a key role in construction as well as design development. A costume can be inspired by the piece of fabric, in which case the fabric might dictate the character. Or an original concept can change as the costume progresses and the design is altered. When costuming on a budget, it's far more likely that the fabrics will impact the design (insofar as what fabrics are affordable, and how much can be purchased).

Tips to discuss:
  • Recreating Middle-earth culture (what might Fëanor or Idril wear?)
  • Costuming from non-film designs (book description or artwork)
  • Incorporating non-European influences
  • Body Block pattern drafting
  • Lining garments for effect
  • Replacing zippers with lacings
  • Edging without a serger
  • Hand hemming and stitching (it usually looks better)
  • Embroidery "cheats"
  • Easy bead trims
General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this workshop, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Saturday, July 1, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
LOTHLÓRIEN
FILM PREVIEW: The Dork of the Rings
Presented by Cliff Broadway
Dork of the Rings
It began with the forging of the Dork-mart Credit Cards.

Three were given to the Elfises, musical, good-looking…flashiest of all beings. Five were given to the Dweeb Lords, great programmers and porn surfers in their parents’ basements. And four were bestowed upon the race of guys, who above all others, love to buy stuff.

But they were all suckers.

In the land of Lardor, in the stuffy offices of Bank Boom, the Dark Executive of Dork-mart, Lord Mauron, forged a Master Card…er, a Master Ring, to control all others. Circular credit. Endless in its power.

Store by store the inhabitants of Muddle-Earth fell under the spell of members only offers and Sunday paper supplements. Soon Dork-mart saturated its market and an army of guys and Elfises boycotted the cooperation and marched on Lardor to destroy the ring and close Mauron’s account.

After Mauron’s defeat, the ring disappeared into the murky depths, namely the Muddle-Earth sewer system where it came to plumber Scrottum, who took it deep into Crisco Mountains. For 500 years he was on every mailing list and it poisoned his credit.  He kept it with him always until one fateful day when he left home without it.

Frudo & HamThen the ring saw its chance and hopped a cab to 42nd street, where it bought a bus ticket and road 630 miles to the Detroit International Airport where Lardor Flight 4278 was delayed. While sipping a margarita in the airport lounge it struck up a conversation with a sexy young woman in a short skirt and ended up spending the night in a nearby flophouse after which it awoke the next morning stinking drunk in a restroom urinal in a gas station on the outskirts of Throbbiton.

Thus it came into the possession of one of the most worthless creatures imaginable. A drunken throbbit by the name of Bobo Buggins who, upon finding it, stuck it down his trousers next to his ‘precious.’

And so the fate of Muddle-Earth came to rest in the crotch of a twit.”
 
Join us for a special preview of this Epic Film, produced by Tim Richardson, James Pickens, Michael Kouroubetes and Jack Peterson.
Click here for The Dork of the Rings website.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this film preview, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
MORIA
CONCERT: The End of the Third Age
Performed by Guiseppe Festa & Lingalad

Details coming soon!

Restricted Admission: Banquet Ticket holders only.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this concert, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30pm to Midnight
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PANEL: Fan Fiction Workshop
Conducted by Jessica Burke
Panelists: Amy H. Sturgis, Cliff Broadway, and Alison Baird

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min. (Q&A if time permits)

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
5:00pm to 6:00pm
BAG END
PRESENTATION: Fantasy & Science Fiction Helping Literacy
Presented by ProLiteracy Worldwide

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
FANGORN
&
Monday, July 3, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
FANGORN
CONCERT: The Fellowship of the Ringo!
Performed by Ted Nasmith, Mike Foster, and Bruce Nasmith

What if the film version of The Lord of the Rings that the Beatles wanted to make in 1968 had been made after all?

What if the “double album” soundtrack of songs the band promised had actually been created?

Ted Nasmith (bass, vocal), Mike Foster (guitar, vocal), and Bruce Nasmith (lead guitar vocal) offer one possibility with the world premiere performance of

The Fellowship
of the Ringo!


at the Gathering of the Fellowship 2006.

A reverent tribute that is also tender spoof, The Fellowship of the Ringo! celebrates those two shaggy-headed foursomes who still thrill readers and listeners over 40 years after their heyday.

So roll up for the Hobbiton Mystery Tour. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Possibly.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min.

For information on this concert, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
2:15pm to 3:00pm
MORIA
WORKSHOP: From Cloaks to Coronation Gowns: Re-creating The Lord of the Rings Costumes
Conducted by Judy Mitchell

An in depth session on re-creating the costumes from Peter Jackson's movies.

1. Research and Resources:
Where does one start to find the information. Movies and Supplements, Books, Internet, Alleycatscratch, Other Costumers.
 
2. Starting the Costume:
Which character is suitable for me. What patterns to use for different costumes. Suitable fabrics for that authentic look.
 
3. Putting it all Together:
From standard pattern pieces to understanding the concept behind the pieces. Watch the magic of going from a halloween 'sheet cloak' to Eowyn's gold  Coronation Gown and learn how basic building blocks work - how with simple seaming you can make anything.
 
4. Seams and finishes.
Details, Details. Details! Weathering for that lived in look. Complementing the costume with accessories.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30am to 11:45am
LOTHLÓRIEN
PAPER: George Sayer: Pupil Biographer and Friend of Inklings
Presented by Mike Foster

Reminiscences and review of Sayer’s Lewis biography Jack,  Sayer’s recording of The Hobbit and unpublished Lord of the Rings (at the time) and short pieces about Tolkien and Lewis. Includes personal reminiscences from four meetings between 1978 –1996 in Wheaton Ill, Oxford and Great Malvern.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
FANGORN

PRESENTATION: A Half Century of Preserving Middle-earth
Presented by Matt Blessing and Mike Foster

Exactly 50 years ago, Marquette University Libraries decided to approach J.R.R. Tolkien for his literary manuscripts. Since then, the J.R.R. Tolkien Collection has expanded into a major research collection. The curator of the Tolkien papers describes how archivists, scholars, and collectors have partnered together to build this extraordinary collection.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
5:00pm to 6:00pm
FANGORN
PAPER: A historian's hunt for the sOuRCeS: Finding J.R.R. Tolkien's Exeter College years' books.
Presented by Marcel Bülles

Admirably displaying his personal preference for silly lecture titles with very witty content including as much alliteration as possible, Bülles tracks down J.R.R. Tolkien's books borrowed from Exeter College Library via its library registers. Luckily enough, the Professor belonged to that group of students particularly disliked by ferocious librarians willing to bite your hand off at books overdue - he scribbled down notes in pencil in the margins of some of them. By browsing the library's holdings in a both methodoligically orderly manner as well as simply pulling out books from the shelves at random he strongly argues the point that some conclusions drawn on Tolkien's sources might be utterly wrong - or nobody ever thought of them before. Goodness gracious!

General Admission: No reservations required. No pictures allowed,
unfortunately, except of the speaker.
Duration: 30 min., followed by 15-30 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
MIRKWOOD
COURSE: How to become a real Tolkien fan in thirty minutes and even get a diploma!
With Marcel Bülles and Craig Parker

Everyone knows about "Lord of the Rings" since the film trilogy - but do they really know anything about Tolkien? It is essential to finally get basic information across to have an acceptable standard to being a true Tolkien fan. I therefore propose the ACT (Acquisition of Competence in Tolkien) to be taken at the Gathering of the Fellowship for the first time ever. Please ask for information at the BAR (Balrogs Appeasement Reformatory). If you pass the test you will get a diploma, signed by the speakers.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 30 min., followed by 15-30 min. signing of diplomas

For information on this course, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
11:45am to 12:45pm
MORIA
PANEL: Inside the Actor’s Studio
Conducted by Cliff Broadway
Panelists: Craig Parker and Bruce Hopkins

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min. (Q&A if time permits)

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
2:15pm to 3:15pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
CONVENTION CENTERPIECE PANEL: Interpreting Tolkien & Lewis: Art, Academia, Film, Music, Literature, Fan Fiction
Conducted by Anthony S. Burdge and Jessica Burke
Panelists: Ted NasmithMichael Drout, Arden Smith, Colin DuriezBruce Hopkins, Craig Parker, and Guiseppe Festa
Convention Centerpiece Panel
Throughout the 5 decades since the publication of The Lord of the Rings, numerous academics, musicians, artists, writers and filmmakers have interpreted this work through the scope of their own vision and industry. This panel, the centerpiece panel discussion of the Gathering of the Fellowship event, will focus upon and discuss the varying music, art, film, and written/critical studies and interpretations of Tolkien’s work over the course of the past fifty years, i.e. the work of Ted Nasmith, Jef Murray, Glass Hammer, Lingalad, The Lord of the Rings Films and Music.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min. (Q&A if time permits)

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Saturday, July 1, 2006
2:00pm to 3:00pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
AUCTION: Kevin Smith Trust
Conducted by Lori Joyce of The Kevin Smith Trust
With Craig Parker and Bruce Hopkins

Kevin Smith touched audiences with his witty performances on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, three Lawless telemovies, and many other productions in his native New Zealand. Well known for his comedic flair, he was also a regular participant in TheatreSports and other improv comedy venues. On February 16, 2002, after completing work on Warriors Of Virtue: Return To Tao in Beijing, China, Kevin passed away from complications arising from a serious fall.

In honor of Kevin Smith, a Gamling figure (painted by Bruce Hopkins) and a Haldir figure (painted by Craig Parker) will be auctioned off by Lori Joyce of the The Kevin Smith Trust. Also joining us for the auction will be Craig Parker and Bruce Hopkins.  The purpose of this auction and the trust is to ensure that Kevin Smith's sons, Oscar, Tyrone and Willard, are afforded the proper schooling for their futures, and that they, and Kevin Smith's wife Suzanne, are provided for in the way that Kevin Smith would have wanted. The trustees are family, friends and colleagues of Kevin Smith. It is their wish to coordinate, in an official capacity, all efforts in support of Kevin Smith's familiy.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this auction, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
3:30pm to 4:30pm
MORIA
DOCUMENTARY: The Legacy of The Lord of the Rings
Presentation: Ted Nasmith (Daniel Timmons passed on December 18, 2005)

The late Daniel Timmons was the writer, director, and producer of the documentary The Legacy of the Lord of the Rings, which he was to present at the Gathering. This video film presents the literary impulses, artistic attributes, critical and creative impact, and cultural legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece. The documentary features the artwork of Ted Nasmith , original music by Wes Prince, footage of Tolkien's England, including his childhood home of Sarehole and Oxford University, and footage from conferences devoted to Tolkien's work. The documentary also presents interviews with the world's foremost Tolkien scholars and fantasy writers, such as Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Joseph Pearce, Patrick Curry, Peter Beagle, and Philippa Boyens (writer of New Line Cinema's films of The Lord of the Rings).

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this documentary, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)

DOCUMENTARY: Lord of the Brush
Presented by Ed Rodrigues

Lord of the Brush will take you on a journey to discover John Howe, an artist famous for his illustrations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. The film will take you from the shores of British Columbia to the mountains of Switzerland, from old castles in France to the wilderness of Canada and on to Middle-earth. Through interviews and visuals, it will explain who John Howe is and what he stands for. The movie will focus on John’s vision of life, his art and the world in general.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 75 min.



For information on this documentary, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Sunday, July 2, 2006
5:00pm to 6:15pm
MORIA
PANEL: The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy & Narnia: Personal Experiences
Conducted by Cliff Broadway
Panelists: Craig Parker and Bruce Hopkins

This panel will bring together actors and artists who worked on the phenomenally successful Lord of the Rings movies, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Gathering's MC, Cliff Broadway of TheOneRing.net, will host this informal discussion of each panelist's personal experiences while working in New Zealand on Peter Jackson's films and Disney's Narnia. Focusing on the intimate, the panel will be encouraged to reveal the highlights of their own personal journey, as well as the low points.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min. (Q&A if time permits)

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
1:00pm to 2:00pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PAPER: The Lost Alphabets of Elfinesse
Presented by Arden Smith

The inscriptions in tengwar and cirth that appear within the covers of The Lord of the Rings are familiar to Tolkien fans in general, even to those who have not taken the trouble to decipher them, using the descriptions of the alphabets in Appendix E as a key. Not as many fans know about the variations and elaborations of these alphabets that are to be found in the History of Middle-earth series, Pictures by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Road Goes Ever On, and elsewhere in the mass-produced volumes of Tolkien's works. Fewer still are even aware of the existence of earlier Elvish alphabets, invented before Tolkien began writing The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, which are being published in specialized journals of Tolkienian linguistics.

This paper will discuss these Elvish alphabets of the 1920s, descriptions and examples of which are being published in the journal Parma Eldalamberon. Examples of such types of Elvish script as Rúmilian and Valmaric will be shown, and an overview of their structure, arrangement, and varieties will be given. The similarities and differences between these early alphabets and the later Fëanorian tengwar will be especially emphasized.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
3:15pm to 4:15pm
BAG END
PAPER and BOOK SIGNING: The Magic Ring meets The Lord of the Rings
Presented by Amy H. Sturgis

Before Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings was the Baron de la Motte Fouqué's The Magic Ring in 1813. Fouqué's three-volume epic fantasy was immensely popular and influential when it was released. The Magic Ring shares many similar inspirations with Tolkien's work, including the Icelandic Eddas, the Germanic Nibelungenlied, andmedieval interlace structure. Furthermore, The Magic Ring's influence can be traced through William Morris and George MacDonald to Tolkien's very understanding and writing of "fairy-stories." How did this remarkable work become lost to English readers? And why is it so important that it now has been restored to Tolkien fans and other fantasy readers? Learn about this important "missing link" in the tradition of The One Ring and its story across time!
This talk will be followed by a book signing-the publisher will be on with copies of the Magic Ring for sale. Dr. Sturgis will be signing after her talk and at the publisher's table in the vendors area
General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
3:30pm to 4:30pm
BAG END
WORKSHOP: Making Chainmail with The Ring Lord
Conducted by Jon Daniels

Chainmail braceletOver the course of this 90 minute class you'll make your own chainmail bracelet. All materials and equipment required will be supplied and additional supplies and equipment will be available for sale. You will also have the chance to try on various chainmail items including a replica "Mithril" shirt, riveted chainmail, welded chainmail, titanium chainmail, even a chainmail bikini. The class will include a presentation on chainmail covering the basics of historical and modern use and construction focusing on some of the work The Ring Lord has done in film, fashion and industry.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 90 min.

For information on this workshop, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
11:45am to 1:15pm
LOTHLÓRIEN
&
Monday, July 3, 2006
9:00am to 10:30am
LOTHLÓRIEN
PRESENTATION: The Making of Ringers: Lord of the Fans
Presented by Cliff Broadway

Hosted by Cliff Broadway this discussion will highlight process of how Ringers came to fruition and the creative journey of the filmmmakers

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
MORIA
PAPER: Marriage in Middle-earth
Presented by Marie Miesel

Marriage was the linchpin of J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and looms large in his works as well. Using examples from The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and The History of Middle-earth, we show how marriage can be a source of conflict or a sign of harmony. Both aspects are evident in the love stories of Lúthien and Beren, Arwen and Aragorn. For Tolkien, a happy marriage is the greatest natural joy available on Arda, in art as well as in life.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
3:15pm to 4:15pm
FANGORN
CONCERT: Memories of Cuiviénen
Performed by Guiseppe Festa & Lingalad

"It is told that even as Varda ended her labours, and they were long, when first Menelmacar strode up the sky and the blue fire of Helluin flickered in the mists above the borders of the world, in that hour the Children of the Earth awoke, the Firstborn of Ilúvatar. By the starlit mere of Cuiviénen, Water of Awakening, they rose from the sleep of Ilúvatar; and while the dwelt yet silent by Cuiviénen their eyes beheld first of all things the stars of heaven. Therefore they have ever loved the starlight, and have revered Varda Elentári above all the Valar."
From the chapter "Of The Coming of the Elves",
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien


Restricted Admission: Mithrandir's Picnic Ticket holders only.
Duration: 30 min.

For information on this concert, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
9:00pm to 9:30pm
THE SHIRE
(TORONTO ISLAND)
PAPER: The Moral Dimensions of Nature in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
Presented by Alana Vincent Howard

The subject matter follows that title fairly closely. By examining the paired opposites of Tom Bombadil and Shelob, Sauron and the Ents, it is argued that "Nature" within the narrative is not the unequivocal good it is often perceived to be and, further, that "good" and "evil" are not the polarized concepts that they are often taken to be.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
11:45am to 12:45pm
FANGORN
PANEL: The Moral Worldview in the Writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Christian or Secular?
Conducted by Michael Coren
Panelists: Colin Duriez, Jef Murray, Alison Baird, and John Bowen

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min. (Q&A if time permits)

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
LÓTHLORIEN
PAPER: Myth, Fact, and Incarnation
Presented by Colin Duriez

An exploration of Lewis's attempts to capture and account for the general in the concrete, mainly through the imagination seen as the organ of meaning. He had a poetic sensibility which expressed itself best in  mythopoeia, the making of myth. For him great stories and myth have, like poetry, the ability to capture universals and qualities in the particular, and as such appeal to an ideal human consciousness that, though lost,  we all remember. In fact such stories, he felt,  can give us sensations never before experienced; effectively, giving us changes in consciousness. This ability to explore the cosmic and universal through the concrete, he believed, can enter historical narrative through actual rather than fictional events. The epitome of such a marriage of myth and fact was, for Lewis, the Word made flesh—the incarnation of God himself as a human being in the first century. I shall try to shed light on Lewis's quest through the views of Tolkien and Owen Barfield in the wider context of romanticism, idealism and philosophical realism. I shall refer to, in particular, Barfield's Poetic Diction, and some later writings, Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories" and poem, "Mythopoeia", and Lewis's Miracles, and An Experiment in Criticism,  and relevant essays of his including "Myth and Fact," "On Stories," and "Transposition." Lewis was primarily concerned to capture an elusive quality he called "Joy" in fiction.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
MIRKWOOD
PRESENTATION: The NETS Awards
Presented by Anthony S. Burdge and Jessica Burke

Heren Istarion, the Northeast Tolkien Society have announced their first annual awards for Tolkien & Inkling Scholarship and Creativity.  The nominees are listed on the NETS website, and the awards will be presented during the VIP reception on Sunday evening, July 2nd.

Restricted Admission: VIP Reception pass holders only.
Duration: 30 min.

For information on this program, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
8:00pm to 8:30pm
VALINOR
PROGRAM: Opening Ceremonies: The Music of the Ainur
Master of Ceremonies: Cliff Broadway
Performances: Thoth, Guiseppe Festa & Lingalad

Our own interpretation of Tolkien's opening to The Silmarillion will combine numerous elements of music, art and narration for our events Opening Ceremonies. The art of Ted Nasmith and Jef Murray, combined with the music of Lingalad and Thoth will illustrate one of the themes of The Gathering, interpretation, and the various ways of which Tolkien's work has been brought to life.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min.

For information on this program, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
9:30am to 10:15am
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PAPER: Putting intoxicating substances to proper use in The Lord of the Rings (or not!): How Tolkien managed to sneak in some nasty habits of his.
Presented by Marcel Bülles

When we think of Lembas, Miruvor, pipe-weed or the disgusting draught of  the Orcs in Rohan do we actually realise them to be intoxicating  substances? Would we ask ourselves whether the Elves developed a drug sustaining their bodily functions beyond its normal possibilities? Strangely enough, in the course of The Lord of the Rings drugs and comparable substances pop up, functioning as the deus ex machina to turn the tide: no survival on Caradhras, no hunting the orcs in Rohan, no reaching Mount Doom in Mordor, no young hobbits outgrowing themselves.  Splash in some Palantíri and the One Ring and things will go a very long way. Not a serious talk by far!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 30 min., followed by 15-30 min. Q&A and hilarious suggestions
of what else is intoxicating in The Lord of the Rings.

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
LOTHLÓRIEN
PAPER: Readings of Male Friendship in The Lord of the Rings
Presented by Anna Smol

One could argue that the heart of The Lord of the Rings is the friendship between Frodo and Sam. Smol will discuss how a tradition of male friendship, going back to medieval examples and extending up to World War I literature, plays a part in the representation of the Frodo and Sam relationship. Smol will then look at contemporary interpretations of the Frodo - Sam friendship in the Peter Jackson films and in fan fiction, particularly in the controversial genre of slash fan fic, in order to assess the difficulties and the possibilities in our current attempts to understand that relationship.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
BAG END
DOCUMENTARY: Ringers: Lord of the Fans
Presented by Cliff Broadway
Ringers: Lord of the Fans
RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS is a feature-length documentary that explores how The Lord of the Rings has influenced Western popular culture over the past 50 years. Moving beyond "cult classic" and over several different generations, the film unearths countless people gathered under the banner of "Ringer"—academics, musicians, movie stars, authors, filmmakers, and a plethora of pop junkies. Celebrity interviewees include Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Clive Barker, and David Carradine.

RINGERS features a dynamic rock-driven score with musicians who were influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien. Several indie recording artists have provided new covers of songs from previous "Rings" adaptations. Produced in association with the popular fan-site TheOneRing.net, RINGERS stands as the most comprehensive documentary of the ongoing impact of The Lord of the Rings.

From the hippie counter-culture to the electronic age; from the Bakshi animated film to Jackson's epic trilogy; this documentary brings together extensive footage collected over 21 months—across three continents.

What began as the private amusement of a tweedy Oxford professor has now become a new mythology for the 21st Century. RINGERS: LORD OF THE FANS shows how an adventure story published in 1954 has had dynamic ripple-effects through Western pop-culture. RINGERS carefully pulls away the veil between Tolkien's book and the creations of art, music, and community that have been inspired by it.

RINGERS interviewees include: Writer/Director/Producer - Peter Jackson, Actor - Elijah Wood, Actor - Sir Ian McKellen, Actor - Viggo Mortensen, Actor - Sean Astin, Actor - Domenic Monaghan, Actor - Billy Boyd, Actor - Andy Serkis, Actor - Orlando Bloom, Screenwriter - Phillipa Boyens, Author/Interviewer - Cliff Broadway, Author/Filmmaker - Clive Barker, Writer/Director/Producer - Cameron Crowe, Actor - David Carradine, Author - Terry Pratchet, Author - Peter S. Beagle, Author - Terry Brooks, Musician - Lenny Kilmister, Musician - Geddy Lee, Tolkien Scholar - Dr. Jane Chance, Chairperson of the Tolkien Society - Christine Crawshaw, Author - Colin Duriez, Filmmaker/Critic - Chris Gore, Writer/Publisher - Forrest J. Ackerman, Actor - Bill Mumy, Author/Broadcaster - Brian Sibley, Illustrator/Author - Colleen Doran, Illustrator/Author - Jill Thompson, and hundreds of Tolkien fans!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 100 min., followed by 20 min. Q&A

For information on this documentary, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
10:30am to 12:30pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PAPER: The Silmarillion for Dummies / Jewels in the History of Middle-earth
Presented by Marie Miesel

Flumoxed by Feanor, Finarfin and Finrod, bewildered by Beren and Luthien, do you fall asleep after 3 pages?  This talk will attempt to aid the wandering in finding their way through the Silmarillion, explore themes in Tolkien’s first age history, show the links between the First Age and LOTR.  There will also be a brief overview of the Histories of Middle Earth with mention of important stories/essays found in the History of Middle-earth.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
FANGORN

WORKSHOP: So you want a The Lord of the Rings costume?

Conducted by Daniel Gauthier

 

Researching the costumes from Peter Jackson's movies.

1. Research and resources:
Where does one start to find the information. Movies and Supplements, Books, Internet, Alleycatscratch, Other Costumers.
 

2. Screen captures and freeze frames, or the best resource there is: The DVD’s

Finding the right images, capturing frames from the DVD’s, Full screen versus Widescreen, zooming in for those pesky details.

 

3. What to do with all that. Is there such a thing as too much information? No!

Organizing and retrieving all that information.


4. How far do you want to take this?

The right details to achieve the LOTR look, and can you buy the costume or accessories you are looking for?

 

5. A look at the costumes from paintings, the animated Bakshi version, and the Stage Adaptation.


General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A


For information on this workshop, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
MIRKWOOD
PAPER: The Spiritual Worldview of The Lord of the Rings
Presented by John Bowen

Tolkien said that The Lord of the Rings was "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." Yet there is there is virtually nothing identifiably religious, and certainly not Catholic, in the work: no deity, no church, no priesthood, and no acts of worship. So what did he mean?

This paper examines the underlying worldview of The Lord of the Rings through the lens of the five analytical questions suggested by Brian Walsh and Richard Middleton in The Transforming Vision: Where are we? Who are we? What is the problem? What is the solution? and Where are we going? The conclusion is that The Lord of the Rings is deeply and deliberately imbued with Catholic and Christian theology, illustrative of Tolkien's contention that the Christian message "embraces all the essence of fairy-stories."

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A.

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.


Saturday, July 1, 2006
11:45pm to 12:45pm
BAG END
PAPER: Swords and Sky Stones: Meteoritic Iron in The Silmarillion
Presented by Kristine Larsen

Meteorites, or “sky stones”, have a long tradition of inspiring worship and fear alike. For example, in Switzerland a shower of meteorites was taken as a premonitory sign of war (Burke 1986), and in Argentina the Caperr iron meteorite was “considered taboo” by the native Patagonian Indians. (Bevan and DeLaeter 2002:18) In Elbogen, Bohemia, a large iron meteorite witnessed to fall in the fifteenth century became known as the “enchanted or bewitched burggrave [court official].” (Farrington 1900: 205)

During the first half of the twentieth century there was considerable interest in reconstructing the use of meteoritic iron in ancient and prehistoric cultures. (e.g. Coghlan 1941; Rickard 1941) The earliest known example is iron beads from Iran dating to 4600-4100 B.C. Among the uses for meteoritic iron was in the forging of weapon blades, for example among the natives of Chile, Sweden, and China. (Photos 1989; Rickard 1941) Due to its relatively high nickel content, blades made with meteoritic iron have layered patterns similar to what is commonly termed Damascus steel. Such pattern welded or laminate steel “was revered and bestowed with magical qualities.” Examples include the famed kris knives from Southeast Asia, prized for their “bold, black and silver contrast.” (Cashen 1998) According to legend, the swords of Attila the Hun, “Timur, Antar, and other devastating conquerors had swords from heaven” and meteoritic iron was even supposed to have given “Excalibur its magical properties. (Rickard 1941: 55; Davis 2001)

One of the most curious weapons in Tolkien’s Middle-earth is the black sword Anglachel, forged from “iron that fell from heaven as a blazing star; it would cleave all earth-delved iron.” (Tolkien 1979:247) It was created by Eöl, the Dark Elf, and Melian warned that it contained “malice” and “the dark heart of the smith still dwells in it.” (Ibid.) Given to Thingol as payment for the privilege of dwelling in Nan Elmoth, the sword eventually made its way to the doomed hand of Túrin, and in its time drew much innocent blood.

This paper will explore the supernatural properties of Anglachel (and its mate, Anguirel) in comparison to similar legends of meteoritic iron.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
LOTHLÓRIEN
LECTURE: Teaching Tolkien
Presented by Mike Foster

Prof. Foster, who has taught a college course on J.R.R.Tolkien since 1978, will present a variety of approaches for bringing a critical appreciation of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien’s other works to students.  Creating a syllabus and schedule, developing research assignments and examinations, and related topics will be addressed.  Finally, Foster will assert the reasons why Tolkien’s books have a place in the academic canon of English literature.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min. (Q&A if time permits)

For information on this lecture, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
3:15pm to 4:15pm
LOTHLÓRIEN
CONCERT: Ted Nasmith Sings!
Performed by Ted Nasmith

Ted Nasmith is well known for his Tolkien art, but much less recognized for his musical side. However, that is changing; in recent months he has begun to offer performances of a selection of his Tolkien inspired songs to audiences at the fan gatherings he has been invited to. His music has been received with considerable enthusiasm, a mixture of settings of familiar Tolkien poems and his own original compositions—both Tolkien and non-Tolkien. A tenor who plays guitar and bass, Ted has extensive experience in choral singing, song writing, and various [casual] bands over the years, involving a variety of genres. His recording output, while extensive, has been at the ‘home studio’ level, and not quite presentable enough for public consumption. With requests increasing lately, however, he has committed himself to producing a CD of selected songs.
(Details will be announced on his website www.tednasmith.com.)

Please join Ted for this special, Tolkienesque musical offering. He’ll be accompanied by his brother, Bruce Nasmith (a professional and multi-faceted talent in his own right) and possibly a third person as yet undecided.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this concert, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
4:45pm to 5:45pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
PAPER: There are no trenches in Middle-earth. Tolkien as a battlefield poet?
Presented by Marcel Bülles

In this revised version of my Tolkien 2005 conference paper on J.R.R. Tolkien's ambition to become a poet as a young man, I argue on the basis of John Garth's and Janet Brennan Croft's findings in their books "Tolkien and the Great War" and "War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien" respectively that Tolkien was no warrior poet in the sense of writing about his wartime experiences or in portraying a heroic concept of war in his poetry. In fact, his wish to become a poet quickly changed throughout and after his time as a soldier, and pushed his creative concepts of how to work as an artist much more in the direction a writer-historian or a re-inventer of mythology. I would like to argue that most of his creativity stems from an innate wish to cope with loss, or at least to share this experience with others. The ultimate topic in J.R.R. Tolkien's writings is death, and dealing with it is more essential in itself than the forms this might eventually take.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 30 min., followed by 15-30 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
MIRKWOOD
FILM: Thoth
Presented by Thoth
Thoth film
The subject of an Academy Award Winning Film by Sarah Kernochan will be shown with a special presentation by Thoth of his work. This will be followed by a discussion with Thoth on his life, work and how Tolkien, The Silmarillion and Middle-earth has played a very influential and inspiring part in the creation of Thoth’s mythological world.

Summary from skthoth.com:
On an afternoon in New York's Central Park, you might come upon a whirling, stomping street musician who's nearly naked except for a gold loin cloth. This is Stephen Kaufman a.k.a Thoth, an iconoclastic performance artist who presents original one-man operas, singing all parts male and female in an unknown language, accompanied by a violin and an unmatched physical exuberance.
Thoth draws his inspiration from the "Festad," a mythologial world of his own creation. As a child of mixed race parentage, young Stephen sought to escape the racism and hostility he encountered by escaping into the alternate world, over time developing its geography, history and legends, even its language. Now he is no longer on the retreat: he brings his metaphorical, fantasy world directly to mystified, intrigued crowds in the park.
As he reveals the details of his eccentric life's journey, Thoth makes known his mission: no less than to help heal the disunity of the world. By turns earnest, funny, poignant and courageous, Thoth presents himself as a modern mythmaker - a modern Homer.

THOTH
Produced by Sarah Kernochan and Lynn Appelle
Directed by Sarah Kernochan
Edited by Emily Paine
Co-Producers: Friedrike Merck & Curt Johnson

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 90 min.

For information on this film, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
10:30am to 12:00pm
GONDOR
(MAIN STAGE)
WORKSHOP: Tinco, Parma, Calma: The Basics of Writing in Tengwar
Conducted by Arden Smith

Tengwar calligraphyThis lecture/workshop will teach the fundamentals of using the Fëanorian script, from the proper way to hold a calligraphy pen to choosing a mode appropriate for English, Quenya, or Sindarin.

Materials Required: Calligraphy pen; practice paper, preferably ruled for calligraphy.
PLEASE NOTE: These materials will NOT be available; registrants MUST bring their own.

Materials to be Provided: Explanatory charts of assorted tengwar modes.

Pre-Registration: REQUIRED.
Two identical sessions will be offered, each with a limit of 20 participants. To register, please send an email to programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org, indicating which session you wish to attend. Registrants will be placed according to availability and space in each session.

Duration: 60 min.

For information on this workshop, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
11:45am to 12:45pm
MIRKWOOD
&
Sunday, July 2, 2006
5:00pm to 6:00pm
MIRKWOOD
PRESENTATION: Tolkien, a magical way to make the feelings for the Earth grow.
Presented by Giuseppe Festa

During this talk Giuseppe Festa of the group Lingalad will discuss the environmental education activities that he has created and often presents in his native Italy.  Inspired by the natural views of Tolkien, we will see how a magical approach can help children deepen their understanding of and reverence for nature.  A slide show and other activities will take place.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
MIRKWOOD
PAPER: Tolkien and Lewis: A Fellowship of Two
Presented by Mike Foster

From their first meeting in Oxford May 11, 1926 until Lewis' death Nov. 22, 1963, these two writers and friends comprised a dynamic synergy, influencing each other's lives and literature in ways great and small. This creative and critical fellowship of two was not without its differences, some profound and unresolved. But each man spurred the other, and the result was some of the finest English fiction ever wrought.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
BAG END
PRESENTATION: Tolkien Animated!
Presented by Cliff Broadway

Details coming soon!

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
3:15pm to 4:15pm
MORIA
PAPER: Tolkien's Art, Tolkien's Scholarship
Presented by Michael Drout

J. R. R. Tolkien has two contradictory images: the serious scholar who investigated the spellings of Class 2 Old English verbs in Middle English manuscripts, and the imaginative genius who could create Lothlórien, Valinor and the Arkenstone. How could someone who was so rigorous, so "scientific" about literary criticism, be so unconstrained in his creativity? Even when Tolkien fans toast "The Professor" there seems to be a hesitation to see Tolkien's academic work as a part of his art—unless, perhaps, we find the sources of Middle-earth in medieval literature. But in fact Tolkien himself saw no contradiction between art and scholarship, between creativity and method, between rigor and beauty. In my talk I will show you how Tolkien's scholarship is as creative and imaginative as his literature and how his literature all relies upon the foundation of the intellectual discipline of philology. Tolkien had a method to his genius and, if you know how to read his scholarship, some of that method can be understood.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this paper, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Sunday, July 2, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
BAG END
PANEL: Why Tolkien?
Conducted by Jessica Burke and Anthony S. Burdge
Panelists: Mike Foster, Michael Drout, Amy H. Sturgis, Jef Murray, and Thoth

Many unfamiliar with the lure of Tolkien ask the question: why Tolkien? Why not Hemingway or Proust, Dickens or Collins, why not football or baseball or opera? What is it about Tolkien that is so meaninful, fascinating, inspiring, and fulfilling to so many people? Based off a featured column in the journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society, this panel will explore the allure of Tolkien's works, as well as the personal meaning Tolkien has in the lives of the panelists.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 45 min., followed by 15 min. Q&A

For information on this panel, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Monday, July 3, 2006
9:00am to 10:00am
BAG END
PRESENTATION: Your Dwarves Don't Dance and Your Elves Don't Rock-n-Roll: A Tour of Tolkien-Inspired World Music
Presented by Amy H. Sturgis

For decades, musicians from Argentina and Russia to Italy and Canada have found inspiration in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. Some artists choose to adapt Tolkien's words to music, while others write original songs based on Tolkien's vision. Why, over time, have different musical styles and traditions proven more popular than others for adapting certain Tolkienian themes? Which subjects seem especially fertile for musical imaginations? Death metal? Country/western? Hobbit rap? Take a whirlwind musical tour there and back again as Amy H. Sturgis explores the depth and breadth of Tolkien-inspired world music both chronologically and geographically.

General Admission: No reservations required.
Duration: 60 min.

For information on this presentation, please contact Anthony Burdge and Jessica Burke at programming@gatheringofthefellowship.org.

Saturday, July 1, 2006
10:30am to 11:30am
FANGORN
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