ShireRadio is launched! This is a radio station devoted to music inspired by Tolkien's work. Click here: ShireRadio

Rene van Rossenberg opens a "brick and mortar" Tolkien store in Holland.

Check Tolkienshop.com. He also plans to open a museum.


Bilbo Bear Discovered!

This is presumably the stuffed bear that is the origin of the name Bilbo (Baggins). Bilbo and Bingo were the names of two stuffed bear toys owned by Tolkiens children. Bilbo became the hero of the Hobbit. In the early drafts of the Hobbit sequel, The Lord of the Rings, the Frodo character was originally named Bingo. This toy bear was acquired on Ebay. The name Bilbo is printed on his bottom. Click here to search Ebay.

Jan 20-22

One Ring Celebration (ORC) Pasadena Convention Center. Contact creation.com

March 3-4

CS Lewis and the Inklings Society John Brown University, Siloam Springs AR.

March 23

The Lord of the Rings Musical, Toronto, Canada. Closes Sept 3.

March 25

Tolkien Reading Day, North East Tolkien Society, Frodo's Restaurant, 472 Bedford Rd Pleasantville, NY 10570. Contact Jessica Burke.

April 7-9

University of Vermont Tolkien Conference. Contact Christopher Vaccaro

April 8

The Tolkien Society Annual General Meeting & Dinner. The King's School. Canterbury, England.

April 21-23

Third Deutsch Tolkien Gesellschaft, University of Mainz, Germany, The History of Middle-Earth. Contact Thomas Fornet-Ponse.

April 21-23

Middle Earth Festival. Vacaville CA. Numerous activities with themes from Tolkien's works. Click: ME Festival.

May 13-14

Tolkien Week-end. Sarehole Mill, England: Tolkiensociety.

May 20-23

Tolkien-inspired Art Exhibit. for info: adcbooks.

June 1-4

CS Lewis & Friends. Taylor University, Upland IN. For info: CSLewis Conference.

June 4-Aug 28

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: The Exhibition, Natural History Museum, Houston TX.

June 9-11

5th Lustrum, 50th Anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings in Dutch, Dutch Tolkien Society.

July 1-4

The Gathering of the Fellowship, Toronto, Canada,

July 10-13

Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, Leeds UK. JRR Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Sponsored by the Tolkien Society.

July 22

Tolkien Society Seminar . Assembly House, Norwich England. Politics in Middle Earth. Call for papers deadline April 30.

August 4-5

Mythcon 37, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK, Contact Janet Brennan Croft through the Mythopoeic Society.

August 18-20

Finncon 2006 Helsinki Finland.

August 21-25

Oxford Tolkien Conference. Exeter College, Oxford England.

Sept 7

The Lord of the Rings: From Fiction to Film, a lecture by Prof. Mike Foster, Peoria Illinois. Contact mafoster@directway.com

Sept 15-17

 Oxonmoot. Contact the TolkienSociety.

Sept 21

Lord of the Rings Symphony, Howard Shore at the Hollywood Bowl. Check The Hollywood Bowl Schedule.

Sept 26

Public Lecture by Eduardo Segura. Marquette University, public must register. email Matt Blessing.

Sept 28-Oct1

EstelCon. Murcia, Spain. Spanish Tolkien Society Annual Event. Contact the Umbar Smial .

October 22-23

Lord of the Rings Scholarship in Honor of Richard Blackwelder. Marquette University, Contact Matt Blessing.

October 23

Beyond Bree Banquet. John Hawks Pub. 110 E. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI. near Marquette University. To be held in conjunction with the event above. Contact Nancy Martsch



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  A very high quality, beautiful sword. This would make a great decorative gift for the shield maiden in your life, or someone who just loves equestrian design.


  Now that the movies have largely run their merchandising course, this may be the best time to purchase high quality jewelry at discounted prices. Use these as gifts for years to come.


  It appears that any game that could possibly have a Lord of the Rings theme has been produced. These include Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Backgammon and Dominoes.



  Figures from the movies include a large action figure series. There are separate figure sets and color schemes for each movie. The highest quality figures were made by Sideshow WETA. Although these are expensive, they sell out quickly and will likely keep their values.

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