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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.


2016 Calendars Still Available
2016 Fantasy Art Calendars, featuring original art work by Hobbit Society members and friends of Hobbit Society (UNM Alumni, Albuquerque community supporters, and international professional artists) are now available for $10 each in Dr. Donovan's office (Room 20, Honors Center, Student Health Center, lower plaza level).

Hobbit Society Blog
Want to talk about Tolkien, but run out of time at moots or can't attend moots? Join the UNM Hobbit Society's Green Dragon discussion blog. Anyone can read it, but you have to request membership to be able to post your thoughts.

Calendars are collectible
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 2016 Schedule
Our usual schedule includes one member moot (meeting) each month at which we discuss some previously agreed-upon topic related to Tolkien's works. Visit our History link above for info about meetings and events in past years.

Toast the Professor
Sunday, Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m. in O'Niell's Pub
(4310 Central Ave SE  Albuquerque, NM, USA 87108)

Join the Hobbit Society at O'Niell's Irish Pub to "toast the professor" on J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday (January 3rd) with whatever beverage you wish to purchase for yourself! If you can't join us, toast at home at 9:00 pm your local time. You can read more about this world-wide event here:

Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Discussion: Death, endings, and passings beyond in Tolkien's works will be the topic that starts us out in our new semester.

Presentation by Tolkien scholar, Kristine Larsen
Númenor and the “Devouring Wave”: Literary, Historical, and Psychological Sources for Tolkien’s Self-Described “Atlantis Complex”
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Dr. Larsen is a professor at Central Connecticut State University. She has published widely on the use of astronomy and other sciences in Tolkien's works.
Printable flyer at this link.

Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Discussion: Following up on Valentine's Day, our topic will be love, romatnce, and romantic pairs in Tolkien's works. 

Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Discussion: To put some fun into Midterms week and prepare us for Spring Break (!!), we will focus this meeting on Tolkien Trivia.

Tolkien Reading Day Event
Friday, March 25, time and place TBA
What is Tolkien Reading Day?
--Since 2003, the Tolkien Society has commemorated the downfall of the Lord of the Rings (Sauron) and the fall of Barad-dûr on March 25 as Tolkien Reading Day to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. Schools, museums and libraries are especially encouraged to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events. Life, death and immortality is this year’s Reading Day theme. For more information, visit the Tolkien Society Reading Day page.
Stay tuned for what UNM Hobbit Society is planning for this year's event!

AND on the same date

Abstracts for Intellectual Hooliganism Due by 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, April 1. This is a great opportunity for students to present their scholarly work on topics of their choice. Call for Proposals Flyer.

Intellectual Hooliganism
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
With the publication of The Hobbit in 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien revolutionized fantasy as something acceptable for both scholars and ordinary readers. Since then, the literary genres of fantasy and science fiction have steadily gained attention in the academic world. Each year, the UNM Hobbit Society, in honor of Professor Tolkien, holds this colloquium to encourage UNM students to study fantasy and science fiction literature or other works of popular culture in a scholarly manner and share their findings with others.
For more details, see the IH flyer to come soon.

Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Discussion: TBA.

Stay tuned for more events to be announced!


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