About Oxonmoot

Oxonmoot happens in September, usually on the weekend nearest to Frodo and Bilbo's birthday. Oxonmoots were originally located in the 16th Century Turf Tavern, as the event grew we moved first to the Town Hall and then to one of the colleges. As our requirements have changed so has the venue.

What is Oxonmoot?

The events at Oxonmoot start on Friday evening, with Registration and informal meetings in the bar. A meal is available in College, although people arrive at Oxonmoot at all hours and those who know Oxford may prefer to eat anywhere in the many good eating places in the town. There is conversation in the bar, and later some people may organise readings and other informal events.

Priscilla Tolkien

Priscilla Tolkien visits the Oxonmoot Reception in 1997

On Saturday there are a range of events such as talks, papers, workshops and slide shows on Tolkien-related material. A quiz is held for those who wish to display their knowledge of all things Tolkien. There are also the Sales Room and Art Show (with professional and amateur works), plus a quiet area where you can drink tea, fill up the corners and chat with old or new friends. These areas are open most of the day.

In the evening we hold a party with a bar, and entertainment provided by musically or dramatically inclined members, including a mini-masquerade for costume-wearers.

On Sunday, at 11:00, is the ceremony of Enyalië Remembrance). We gather at the grave of Professor Tolkien to remember the man whose work has inspired all of us. After that there is lunch at the College and a farewell, safe journey, see you next year, talk by the Subcommittee Chair, or you may prefer to eat at one of Oxford's famous pubs, perhaps the Lamb and Flag (opposite the equally historic but smaller Eagle and Child (Bird and Baby), where The Inklings met.