It is our hope that this finds you well. We have been planning a larger
newsletter concerning ongoing society news but wished to first send this
one due to its priority. Several news items have been posted on
herenistarion.org concerning the Silmarillion Conference and our Tolkien
Reading Day event.
1) SILMARILLION CONFERENCE CANCELLED:
Due to some logistical decisions we have decided to not hold this
conference. We apologize to those who submitted abstracts for
presentation and locals who inquired about attending. But on the bright
side we are publishing one or several (depending upon the amount of papers
submitted) issues of Parma Nole dedicated to the Silmarillion.
If you are interested in submitting a Silmarillion themed paper or artwork
for our journal please send abstracts and art info to the Editor Jessica
However, this cancellation leaves room for us to hold a smaller event. See
2) Tolkien Reading Day Event Sunday March 25th 2007
(Official Tolkien Reading Day Press Release below)
The Northeast Tolkien Society is holding its own Tolkien Reading Day
event, and have selected two possible locales. A poll for readers and
potential attendees is available on our site herenistarion.org. Please
vote now for time is limited and we must make reservations at either
For more information on either choice please link to the following sites:
a) Frodo's Restaurant. http://www.tastethemagic.com
(Pleasantville, NY) We held a lovely, small intimate event here last year
and it turned out wonderful. If this turns out to be the location of
Tolkien Reading Day, we can all meet and travel together.
b) Fiddlesticks Bar and Pub http://www.fiddlestickspub.com/index.html
(Lower Manhattan, NYC) an alternate choice to Frodo's with a nice rear
private room, the only drawback is it may cost a fee to rent the room,
which means charging attendees to rent the space. The advantage to this is
that it is central to NYC.
If you are interested in attending please email Anthony
(chairman@...) with Tolkien Reading Day RSVP as your
subject header asap or no later than March 15th 2007
TOLKIEN READING DAY PRESS RELEASE
Tolkien Society Publicity
25th March is Tolkien Reading Day
Are you a dad, mum, grandparent, uncle, aunt with an interest in Tolkien?
Are you a
young person with an interest in Tolkien?
Then Reading Day is designed for YOU
Tolkien Reading Day encourages the use of Tolkien's works in education and
reading groups, as this year's day falls on a Sunday the emphasis is on
A chance for grownups and children to read together and share their
whatever stories by Tolkien they have read and to discover new ones.
Tolkien's books appeal to all ages and readers worldwide find pleasure,
entertainment and deep significance in his work.
Information packs are available online and in hard copy
For children and adults reading together is fun, and stimulates good
vocabulary development, an interest in history and for some an interest in
linguistics. 25th March has significance to Tolkien's readers, as it is
the day of
the Downfall of Sauron at the conclusion of the 'War of the Ring' in "The
the Rings." There's more to Tolkien than "The Lord of the Rings" though.
and reading groups can enjoy the story of the dog "Roverandom" and his
the moon or the mock-medieval rebellion of "Farmer Giles of Ham" complete
giants and dragons.
Members of the public (or libraries and schools wishing to hold an event
rather than on the 25th) can contact the Society for free posters and help
publicising their event.
Ideas for exploring Tolkien's books together are available online and in
e-mail education AT tolkiensociety DOT org or write to
The Tolkien Society Education Officer, 18 Magnolia Road, Bitterne,
Southampton, SO 19 7LH
Requests for posters or queries regarding this Press Release should be
Ian Collier, Publicity Officer
e-mail publicity AT tolkiensociety DOT org
Launched in 2003 the reading day event has sparked interest in reading and
groups across several nations and ages from Primary schoolchildren to
students and library users of all ages. Hence the circulation of this
release to the
media, educational press and county library services.