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Tolkien Activities 1993 - The United States

Organization: The American Hobbit Association (Renee Alper, 6068 Tarn Circle, Mason, OH 45040 U.S.A.)

Publication: The Rivendell Review [English, irregular, none published in 1993].

Additional information: After the publication of the last Rivendell Review in 1995, the group ceased to exist.

Organization: American Mensa Tolkien Special Interest Group (Nancy Martsch, P.O. Box 55372, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, USA).

Publication: Beyond Bree [English, monthly]. Subscription cost is $10 (US), $13 (elsewhere).

Organization: The American Tolkien Society (P.O. Box 373, Highland, MI 48357-0373, USA). Information from Paul Ritz, P.O. Box 901, Clearwater, FL 34617, USA (Phone (813) 585-0985).

Activities: The ATS is an educational organization which will try to answer questions or refer the questioner to the appropriate person(s). They provide materials for Hobbit Day (22 September) and Tolkien Month (September) and produce annual lists of Tolkien In-Print Items and Tolkien Organizations. The ATS organizes the Shire Messenger Service which provides free copies of Tolkien's works to former Iron Curtain areas.

Awards Given: Doctor of Hobbit Letters are given to fans and scholars (occasionally artists) for their contributions to Tolkien scholarship.

Publication: Minas Tirith Evening-Star [English, quarterly]. Subscription cost is $7.50 (US), $12.50 (Canada), $15 (world).

Additional publications: Wargs! [English, one-shot]. Cost is $5 (US).

Organization: Dorath Annún fief, see Forodrim Stockholms Tolkiensällskap under Tolkien Activities 1993 - Sweden.

Organization: Elvish Linguistic Fellowship (Carl F. Hostetter, 2509 Ambling Circle, Crofton, MD 21114, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings (second Sunday each month at 2 pm) in the Washington, D.C., USA, area (contact Carl F. Hostetter). Monthly meetings (second Sunday each month at 1 pm) in the Northern California, USA, area (contact Arden Smith, P.O. Box 4395, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA). The Third Annual Colloquium on the Languages of Middle-earth (ELFcon III) was held 16-18 January in Los Altos, California, USA. Many of the items presented are Tolkien linguistic materials that will be edited by members of the ELF: the Gnomish and Qenya Lexicons, the Historical Grammar of Taliska, draft workings of Adunaic, and the Alphabet of Rúmil. Papers given there were "A Taliska Dictionary", "A Preliminary Analysis of the Tengwar of Rúmil", "The Early Aduniac Texts of J.R.R. Tolkien", "To Whom It May Concern" (on gerunds in Noldorin), "A Tolkien Chronology" and "Introduction to the Ilkorin Dialects".

Publications: Vinyar Tengwar [English, bimonthly]. Subscription cost is $12 (US), $15 (world surface), $18 (world air). Parma Eldalamberon [English, irregular, none published in 1993] (Christopher Gilson, 500 C North Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 USA)

Organization: The Kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor and the Commonwealth of Esgaroth ( The M.N. Sir John Houghton, G.C.F.A., Duke of Númenor, Regent, 8012 Kingsbury Blvd., Apt. 3, Clayton, MO 63105, USA).

Activities: A bi-yearly Council-General, the Kingdom's parliament.

Publications: Chronicles of the Restoration [English, irregular]. Free to citizens of the Kingdoms.

Sub-organizations (under the control of regional leaders, residents of areas not listed should contact John Houghton):

The Palatine Duchy of Anorien {Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts, except the City of Cambridge; New Brunswick; New Hampshire; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Rhode Island; and Vermont} (The M.N. Sir John R.A. Lynch, G.C.F.A, Duke of Anorien, Earl Marshal, 845 Barrett's Mill Road, Concord, MA 01742 USA).

The Royal Preserve {Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA} (The M. Hon. Sir John Elder, K.E., Lord President of the Councils, 92 Oxford St., Arlington, MA 02174 USA).

The Palatine Duchy of Ithilien {Delaware; the District of Columbia; Garrett and Allegheny Counties of Maryland; New Jersey; New York, except Norfolk and Suffolk Counties; Pennsylvania; and West Virginia} (The M.N. Sir Alan P. Goldman, G.C.F.A., M.D., Duke of Ithilien, Lord Great Steward, 5 Heather Lane, Lawrence, NY 11559 USA).

The Thain's Palatinate {Norfolk and Suffolk Counties of New York} (The Rt. N. Sir Alan Walter, K.B.L., J.D., Thain of the Shire, 631 Edgecliff Rd., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 USA).

The Fourth Administrative Area {Alabama; Florida, Georgia; Maryland, except for Garrett and Allegheny Counties; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; and Virginia} The Rt. Hon. Sir Eugene Pappas, K.C.E., Earl of Enedwaith, Lord Great Chamberlain, Governor-General, 2905 Shanandale Dr., Silver Springs, MD 20904 USA).

The Commonwealth of Esgaroth {Parallel jurisdiction in District of Columbia and Maryland} (H.E. Paul Hussar, Ph.D., Elder Parmadil of Esgaroth, 3913 Emblem Corner, Bowie, MD 20716 USA).

The Palatine Duchy of Belfalas {Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma; and Texas} (The M.N. Dame Elizabeth Cain, Ph.D., Duchess of Belfalas, Mistress of the Robes, 311 West Side Drive, #303, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Organization: Lothlorien (Doris Robin, 474 Duarte Rd #21, Arcadia, CA 91006, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings.

Organization: The Mythopoeic Society (Mythopoeic Society Orders Dept., 1008 N. Monterey, Alhambra, CA 91801, USA).

Activities: Mythcon 24 was held on 30 July - 1 August on the campus of The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. A masquerade, art show and auction were featured. The following papers and items were presented: "Angelic and Sacraficial Strategies in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings", a Tolkien art slide show, and "Battle of the Pelennor Fields" (wargame) (30 June); "Lang and Tolkien", "Stone Towers" (Pre-Celtic influence on Tolkien's language and mythology) (31 July); and, "Early Years of Tolkien Fandom", "The Present State of Elvish Scholarship", "Hobs, Hobyahs, and The Denham Tracts" (a brief survey of the old question "where did Tolkien get the word 'hobbit' from?"), "Tolkien and Lewis" (a slide show), "Surprised by Mythopoeia" (a slide show), and Middle-earth filksinging (1 August). Also, a paper was given entitled "Down the Rabbit Hole and Out the Hobbit Hole, Worlds Turned Upside Down" (about Alice and The Hobbit).

Awards Given: Mythopoeic Society Awards are given in the following catagories: Adult Literature, Children's Literature, Inklings Studies, and Myth and Fantasy Studies.

Publication: Mythlore [English, quarterly]. Subscription cost is $20 (US, third class), $28 (US, first class), $29 (Canada), $40 (Europe/Latin America air), $45 (Asia/Australia air). Mythprint (P.O. Box 28427, San Jose, CA 95159, USA) [English, monthly]. Subscription cost is $7.50 (third class US), $11 (first class US), $12 (Canada; world surface), $15 (world air). Mythic Circle [English, irregular]. Subscription is $13 for members of the Mythopoeic Society or $18 for non-members.

Sub-organizations ("Discussion Groups"):

Avalon (Laurine White, 5422 Colusa Way, Sacramento, CA 95841, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings.

The Burrahobbits (Jeffrey and Jan Long, 1903 N. 118th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53226, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings held the third Wednesday of the month, at members' homes. On 4 December Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham were discussed in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA.

Butterbur's Woodshed (Ellie Farrell, 4150 Lawton St. #3, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA).

Publication: Butterbur's Woodshed [English, bimonthly]. Available to members of this amateur press assocation.

C.S. Lewis and Friends (Neil Gussman, 678 N. Pier Dr., Lancaster, PA 17603, USA).

Catagory 32 (GEnie) (David Bratman, P.O. Box 28427, San Jose, CA 95159 USA).

Activities: Discussions via the GEnie online bulletin board service.

Crickhollow (Joanne Burnett, 3275 Vickie Lane, Sparks, NV 89431, USA).

Activities: Dormant due to lack of members.

Galadhremmin Ennorath (Dave & Grace Lovelace, 244 Ferman, Milan, MI 48160, USA).

Activities: Meetings, approximately monthly, in the homes of members, in Ann Arbor, Flint and Milan, Michigan, USA.

The Green Dragon (Sarah Beach, 1834 N. Harvard #4, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA).

Hobbiton (Paul S. Ritz, P.O. Box 901, Clearwater, FL 34617, USA).

Activities: Meetings held at the Clearwater East Library in Clearwater, Florida, USA.

Khazad-dûm (Ellie Farrell, 4150 Lawton St. #3, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings at members' homes. The Book of Lost Tales, Volume 2, was discussed in Berkeley, California, USA, on 3 October.

Publication: Untitled schedule [English, quarterly]. Schedule available for postage.

Knossos (Ellen Caswell, 1437 Highland Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings at members' homes.

Lothlorien (Linda Sundstrom, 8032 Santa Arminta Ave., San Diego, CA 92126 USA).

Mydgard (Dolores Speth, 920 N. Atlantic #E, Alhambra, CA 91801, USA).

Activities: Meetings at members' homes. On 21 November Book 5 of The Lord of the Rings was discussed.

Niggle's Parrish (Glen GoodKnight, 742 S. Garfield Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754, USA).

Activities: Meetings. On 5 December, chapters 4-10 of The Silmarillion were read aloud in Monterey Park, California, USA.

Once Upon a Time (Berni Phillips, 1161 Huntingdon Dr., San Jose, CA 95129, USA).

Publication: Once Upon a Time [English, bimonthly]. Available to members of the amateur press association.

The Place of the Lion (Jack Flores, 1535 Elliott, Park Ridge, IL 60068, USA).

Activities: Dormant due to lack of members.

The Prancing Pony (Eileen Ribbler, 1912 Hazel Ave., Kettering, OH 45420, USA).

Activities: Dormant due to lack of members.

Rivendell (David Lenander, 293 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Publications: Last Homely Hearth [English, irregular, none published in 1993]. Free to discussion group members.

Roke (Douglas A. Rossman, 1796 Stafford Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70810, USA).

Rómenna (Per Hollander, 30141 Arlington Ave., Riverdale, NY 10463, USA).

Activities: Dormant due to lack of members.

Sammath Naur (Ken Burtness, 59-557B Ke Iki Rd., Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings at members' homes. Publication of Sammath News (a newsletter of information and gossip about and for past and present members of Sammath Naur and Moolelo Hoaloha) which is not associated with the Mythopoeic Society.

Publications: Sammath News [English, semiannual] Available to past and present members of Sammath Naur or by others for submitting one book review per year for publication within the newsletter. Reviews can be submitted via paper mail to Vanessa L. Cole, P.O. Box 90756, Honolulu, HI 96835, USA) or preferably through Email via CompuServe at 71044,3632 or Prodigy at QJMP38B or the Internet at [email protected].

Sheep, Indeed (Beau Farr, Eden, Box 2238, Route 2, Hoschton, GA 30548, USA).

Activities: Meetings held at Eden.

South Farthing (Richard Ruane, 819 Ladner, De Soto, TX 75115).

Spare Oom (Mary & Conrad Stolzenbach, 1603 Rosewood Dr., Brentwood, TN 37027, USA).

Organization: The National Tolkien League (Louis Epstein, RD 2, Carmel, NY 10512, USA).

Publication: Ardalindë [English, biweekly, unsure if any were published in 1993]. Subscription cost is unknown.

Organization: The New England Tolkien Society (Gary Hunnewell, 2030 San Pedro, Arnold, MO 63010, USA).

Publication: Ravenhill [English, irregular]. Subscription cost is $1.25 (US) or $2.50 (world) per issue up to 10 issues.

Additional Publication: Musings beneath the Tree of Amalion [English, one-shot]. Cost is $3 (US) or $5 (world).

Organization: The Tolkien Society of The University of Texas at Austin (Celia Thompson, 1728D Colony Creek Dr.,

Austin, TX 78758, USA).

Activities: Meetings during the semesters at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA. On 9 February the Rankin-Bass television production "The Return of the King" was viewed; on 23 February, Tolkien's Celtic and other influences was lectured on; another lecture, "Belief Systems in The Lord of the Rings" was given on 9 March; food stuffs from The Hobbit were discussed on 23 March; a lesson in the Elven tongues was taught on 6 April; and, on 19 April, a lecture on the Four Ages was held.

Organization: Treasure Valley Tolkien Society (Jerry Johnson, 513 Pierce St., Boise, ID 83712, USA).

Organization: University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society (Richard West, 1918 Madison St., Madison, WI 53711, USA).

Activities: Monthly meetings at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Tolkien's birthday was celebrated with a party on 3 January. Sauron Defeated was discussed on 9 May and the origins of the word "hobbit" were discussed on 13 June.

Publication: Untitled schedule of meetings [English, irregular]. Available for postage.

Independent Publication: Other Hands [English, quarterly]. (Chris Seeman, P.O. Box 1213, Novato, CA 94948, USA). Subscription cost is $12 (USA/Canada), $14 (world surface), $18 (world air).

This content was originally written by Hildifons Took (Sumner Hunnewell) more than a decade ago, and is reprinted here with permission. Please see Tolkien Fannish and Scholarly Activities and Publications for 1993 for the main article page.

Tolkien Activities 1993 - Addenda of groups not listed for 1992.

Last modified: 09/28/06 by Urulókë
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