Upcoming Events

For the second half of 2017, the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship has quite a few events. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events. For more information, use the contact us page.

July

July 16th – Second Breakfast Book Club: 11am at Mary Ryan’s Book Shop in Milton. The book this month is A Shadow on the Glass by Ian Irvine.

July 21st – 2017 Dinner Dance Dinner Meeting: 7pm at Enoggera Bowls Club. Anyone interested in helping out with the organisation of the Dinner Dance is invited to attend. Dinner is available from the club kitchen for $12.

July 22nd -23rd – CONQUEST: 9am to 5pm at Park Regis North Quay. Peter as a local author and the BTF have been invited to attend.

August

August 20th – Second Breakfast Book Club: 11am at Mary Ryan’s Book Shop in Milton. The book this month is Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

August 26th - ImaginExpo: 10am at the Logan North Library. Join a multitude of fan clubs and cosplayers in a day of high spirited hi-jinks and costumed fun.

September

September 3rd – Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship Annual General Meeting and Supanova Working Bee: 11am at the SCA Hall in Lutwych. Bring a plate of food to share, enthusiasm and readiness to participate.

September 17th – Second Breakfast Book Club: 11am at Mary Ryan’s Book Shop in Milton. The book this month is Wild Cards I by George R.R. Martin

September 23rd – 24th – OzComicCon: 9am to 6pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The BTF will not be running a stand but you may find some of our members wandering about, searching for the One Ring, Gollum, a Silmaril or just enjoying the weekend.

September 24th - It Comes in Pints Hobbit Day Celebration: Details to be finalised.

October

October 13th – Meet the Dwarves: 7pm at the Enoggera Bowls Club. Meet special guests Jed Brophy and Stephen Hunter before the Dinner Dance, with opportunities for signatures, photos and Q&As. Tickets will go on sale shortly.

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October 14th – Annual Evening in Middle Earth Dinner Dance: 6pm at the Enoggera Bowls Club. Join us for a wonderful evening of fun, frivolity, Dwarves and Dragons. We’ll have a hearty dinner fit for Hobbits and plenty of displays and photo options. A photographer will be on hand to capture all of your wonderful new memories. Proceeds from the night go to support the important work of the Pyjama Foundation. Tickets on sale soon.

October 15th – Second Breakfast Book Club: 11am at Mary Ryan’s Book Shop in Milton. The book this month is i, Robot by Isaac Asimov

November

November 5th – Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship General Meeting: 11am at Peter Kenny’s Hobbit Hole in Stafford. Lunch first, followed by a meeting to discuss current and upcoming events and club business. If you’d like to attend, use the contact page or find us on Facebook.

November 10th -12th – Supanova Brisbane: 9am to 6pm at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship will be running a stand and photo booth. We’ll have some special Middle-Earth products for sale, a terrific raffle running and a number of cosplaying staff to make your photos super special. All proceeds from the Photo Booth go to supporting the Pyjama Foundation.

November 19th – Second Breakfast Book Club: 11am at Mary Ryan’s Book Shop in Milton. The book this month is Magician by Raymond E. Feist.

HOBBITS FOR KIDS IN CARE

HOBBITS FOR KIDS IN CARE

An Initiative of The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship.

Donate a Hobbit Book or other children’s book to our cause to collect books for children who are in Foster and Statutory Care.  Each book will be presented as a gift to a child who has been removed from the family home. These children are removed from their homes due to some form of abuse, trauma or neglect

Our goal is to achieve a target of 1500 Hobbit & Other Children’s Books before October 14th. The books will be presented at our Annual Dinner Dance to The Pyjama Foundation.

The Pyjama Foundation helps bring some quality and normality to the lives of over1300 children in foster care from Cairns to Melbourne in Australia.

The Pyjama Foundation, provides children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills and confidence. Through the Love of Learning program, volunteers called ‘Pyjama Angels’ are recruited, screened, trained and then matched with a child in care and spend time with them once a week, focusing on learning-based activities. Pyjama Angels read books aloud with their child, play educational games and help children with their homework. Most importantly, the volunteers give foster children a chance to reach their life potential, despite a fragile start. Children in care have the lowest education outcomes nationally. By improving their learning skills, The Pyjama Foundation is making a positive, life-long impact.

Visit their website to learn more about their wonderful work… pj fountation

How you can help? 

  • Purchase a Hobbit Book and post it to The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship. (address below)
  • Purchase on line and forward directly to The Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship. (address below)
  • English publications of The Hobbit.
  • If you wish to donate more than one book, that is most welcome.
  • If you wish to donate money instead, you can go to the top of this page and click on DONATE. You will be taken to the donation page and then click on the DONATE button at the bottom.
  • Donate a Children’s Story Book as an alternative.

hobbit books Thank you to all our Hobbit friends around the world.

Postal Address: 

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship - (Peter Kenny…if required)

P.O. Box 1077 Stafford

Queensland 4053

Australia

contact; Phone +61 437353254

DREAMS OF ANOTHER LAND – INTRODUCTION

My uncle, Fortinbras Proudfoot:

I recall that when I was young, I would sit with other children and listen to my uncle’s stories, and at night I would lie in my warm bed and imagine myself adventuring to strange places with him. When sleep finally came to me I would dream of his adventures as though I was my uncle himself.

My uncle, Fortinbras Proudfoot, is a scholarly person. In his humble home he has many bookcases filled with books from all over. There are books in Elvish, and Dwarvish, books from far away lands and some from closer to home. There are books of poetry, and others of history, some on geography and some on cooking. There are many on the old tales of family heroes, and all their friends and their adventures! For they are his favourite tales of all.

In his youth he was a teacher, and many of the people in his village and the nearby towns knew Mr Proudfoot from their days at school. As such, wherever he went there was always someone keen to catch up, to share a meal and a chat with their wonderful friend Fortinbras.

He has, unlike many people of his village, travelled quite far from his home. He has been on journeys in his own land and has even travelled across the encircling seas to visit many places of legend and history.

My uncle is now quite old but he still entertains us with many tales from his adventures of long ago to strange exotic lands. He has kept a journal of his adventures and within there are many stories in poetic verse form.

This book contains a collection of many of his writings. They include tales of heroic people, wizards, dragons, elves, and dwarves. There are also some tales of the smallest of people, who lived in a peaceful far away land of pastures, small villages, and green rolling hills.

I hope you enjoy reading these tales as much as I have enjoyed revisiting them once more to collate them for publication.

This collection of my uncle’s work I have called “Dreams of Another Land”.

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BTF TOLKIEN READING DAY 2016 – REVIEW

The date of the 25th of March is known to many Tolkien fans as the day of victory, the day the Dark Lord Sauron was vanquished, however this date has taken an alternate significance; International Tolkien Reading Day.

Since 2003, enthusiasts from around the globe have gathered to share their passion for the works of Tolkien; Year after year, flocking to events to cultivate the public’s interest in the world of Middle Earth.

Since the publication of The Hobbit in 1937, the wonders of Middle Earth have brought joy to generations of children and adults alike. A unique creation unlike any the world of literature had seen, Tolkien’s universe breathed new life into the fantasy genre, captivating readers with a sense of wonder and intrigue. The lore of his universe spans over decades of writings, from the widely recognised Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, to works such as The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and the collective writings of the History of Middle Earth.

With such a wide breadth of accounts, enthusiasts of Tolkien, however, often find the origins of certain characters and traditions to be shrouded in mystery. These mysterious topics of debate often form the basis of Tolkien reading discussions, thus was apparent in the 2016 Tolkien Reading Day theme of Life, Death and Immortality.

Among the many stories relating to this topic, the focus of the Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship’s reading days on the 19th and 20th of March, centred around questions of Gandalf’s ‘resurrection’ and Arwen’s choice, among many readings involving characters such as Beren and Luthien, Idril and Tuor and the descendants of Numenor.

Our own Peter Kenny led this discussion, using his extensive knowledge and research to bring light to some of these more controversial topics. Opening with the origins and genesis of the world, Peter led the audience on a thrilling account of the First Age of Middle Earth, from the creation of Arda (the Earth) through the song of the Valar, to the feuds between the elven kindreds and the Dark Lord Morgoth. Accompanied by stunning visuals by renowned artists such as John Howe, Ted Nasmith and others, the intricate web of Tolkien lore was woven.

Within this account of the ages of Middle Earth, questions concerning mortality and immortality as well as life and death arose. Referring to The Letters of Tolkien, extracts from the Return of the King Appendices and the unfinished chronicles of the History of Middle Earth, these questions were answered.

From writings to publications, from publications to the screen, no stone was left unturned. The complex lineage of Arwen and the Half-Elven was explored, as well as her relation to the Line of Kings and the choices granted to the descendants of Earendil.

The origins of Gandalf were examined in full, from his life as the Maiar Olroin, to his doings as Gandalf the Grey and finally his ‘resurrection’ into Gandalf the White. Further, the tragic recount of the Luthien’s Choice was told and the true price of immortality revealed.

Received by an enthusiastic audience of all ages, through the means of this Tolkien Reading Day, the flame of passion was passed into the hearts of all in attendance, marking the month of March, as an essential and joyous period for enthusiasts of the renowned author’s works, once again.

Contributor: Brianna Merriman

Peter Kenny is Fortinbras Proudfoot Esq.

PETER KENNY
IS
FORTINBRAS PROUDFOOT ESQ.
TOLKIEN SPECIALIST AND PRESENTER

INTRODUCING
PETER KENNY

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THE WORLDS BIGGEST TOLKIEN FAN

Peter Kenny is a retired teacher based in Brisbane who possesses one of the most significant personal collections of Tolkien memorabilia in Australia and the world. He has become a recognized authority in the field of Tolkien, and has shared his knowledge and love of Tolkien’s writing with adults and children around the world through a series of talks and presentations.