Events

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.

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

INTERNATIONAL TOLKIEN READING DAY

The theme for Tolkien Reading Day 2016 is Life, Death, and Immortality in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship will be celebrating Tolkien Reading Day – weekend 19-20 March (the following weekend is Easter).

  • Tolkien Reading Day is an international event held on the 25th of March each year and
    celebrated by Tolkien Groups worldwide. It has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages.
  • The 25th of March is the date of the downfall of the Lord of the Rings (Sauron) and the fall of Barad-dûr. It’s as simple as that!
  •  “To be caught in youth by 1914 was no less hideous an experience than in 1939 … by 1918 all but one of my close friends were dead.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, “Foreword to the Second Edition”, The Lord of the Rings.
  • The theme was chosen for 2016 to coincide with the one-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Tolkien fought and survived this dreadful battle, but lost his close friend and fellow T.C.B.S. member Rob Gilson. The death of other close friends during World War One, undoubtedly shaped Tolkien’s outlook on life and death, with mortality and immortality looming large in the Middle-earth legendarium.

Brisbane Tolkien Fellowship will be celebrating at the following Libraries with readings, discussions and A/V Presentations:

  • March 19, Saturday – Logan North Library, commences at 11:00 am (Southside)
  • March 20, Sunday – Chermside Library, commences at 1:00 pm. (Northside)

We invite people to come along and join the audience and if you would like to do a reading/discussion you are most welcome to contribute to the program.

For further details, please contact  0437 353 254