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The UNM Hobbit Society is a student-founded organization on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

The purpose of our group is to meet and associate with others interested in Tolkien, and to learn more about the author, his written works, and his sources through discussion, guest lectures and academically-oriented activities.

If you would like to be added to the UNM Hobbit Society listserv to be informed of meetings and other events, please use our Contact page to contact the faculty advisor or current president.

We now have a Facebook page! Just search for UNM Hobbit Society and you will find us.

Even if you cannot attend our meetings, you can discuss the works of J.R.R. Tolkien any time on our Green Dragon blog.

UNM Hobbit Society is now recognized as a source for collectible Tolkien-related calendars, with our own page on The Compleat Gyd to Tolkien Calendars.

Spring 2015 Event Schedule
Our usual schedule includes one member moot (meeting) every 2-3 weeks in which we discuss some previously agreed-upon topic related to Tolkien's works. This semester, our moot discussions will explore Middle-earth-related media outside of Tolkien's books. We also plan to host an event for International Tolkien Reading Day and our annual Intellectual Hooliganism colloquium on fantasy, science fiction, and popular culture presentations by UNM students. Visit our History link above for info about these events in past years.

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Discussion: Reviewing The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies and business planning for the semester (t-shirts, SW Popular Culture Conference, International Reading Day, etc).

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, February 4, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Discussion: Fanfiction literature and film The Hunt for Gollum (film will be shown)

● Special Panel Presentation
Wednesday, February 11, 5:00 pm in the Honors Forum
The Hobbit: Observations on the relationships between Tolkienís book and Jacksonís films
by Janet Brennan Croft, Rutgers University Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University David Oberhelman, Oklahoma State University Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M UniversityĖCommerce
Tolkien studies and popular culture scholars will discuss the ways in which Peter Jacksonís recently completed film trilogy of The Hobbit relates to, adapts, builds upon, and even substantially diverges from J. R. R. Tolkienís original work of childrenís fiction. Among other topics, panelists will share observations on the filmís inclusion of material from Tolkienís appendices, the addition of the character Tauriel, treatment of maps and astronomical events, the process of working as a scholar on the film and game scripts as well as background on the history of the rights to the story.

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Discussion: F
an film Born of Hope (film will be shown)

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Discussion: Art and Animation of Tolkien's worlds and works. Examples will be shown, but feel free to bring others you love of hate to share.

●Abstracts for Intellectual Hooliganism Due
Friday, March 6, 11:59 pm
Email proposals or abstracts of 200-500 words to tolkien@unm.edu.. Include your name, year in school, major or field of study, and contact information. Presenters who are selected will be notified no later than Friday, March 13. This is a great opportunity for students to present their scholarly work on topics of their choice. Call for Proposals Flyer coming soon.

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Discussion: Music and Flick related to Tolkien's worlds and works. Examples will be played, but feel free to bring others you love of hate to share.

● International Reading Day Event
Wednesday, March 25, SUB, time TBA

● Intellectual Hooliganism -- Tentative
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Discussion: Descriptions and orientation to the worlds of Middle-earth-related video games.

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
Come play Middle-earth-related video and board games to ease end of the semester stress. Potluck -- bring eatables to share.


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