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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.

News
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
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
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
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)

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
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
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
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Discussion: F
an film Born of Hope (film will be shown)

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
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
Monday, March 9, 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 Monday, March 16. This is a great opportunity for students to present their scholarly work on topics of their choice. Call for Proposals Flyer here.

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
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, 12:00-2:00 pm in the SUB, Plaza level, table 3
What is Tolkien Reading Day?
-- It is held each year on March 25 and has been organized by the Tolkien Society (http://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/tolkien-reading-day-2015/) since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events. The theme of friendship was chosen for this year’s Reading Day to help celebrate the deep friendships that Tolkien developed in his own life and in his work. It is also on this date, 25 March, that Frodo and Sam’s friendship triumphed in Mordor with the destruction of the One Ring.
A UNM Hobbit Society Tradition -- The UNM Hobbit Society participates in this event by inviting anyone who wants to stop by our table and read your favorite passages from Tolkien's works aloud to anyone who wants to listen. Officers and members will be present with copies of Tolkien's works for anyone to read from as well as information about Hobbit Society and baked goods, t-shirts, and calendars to sell.
How to Celebrate wIth Us -- Please sign up now to read something from any of Tolkien's works for one or more 5-minute time slots. To sign-up, stop by our table or email us in advance to let us know roughly what time you'd like to read (example: sometime between 12:30-1:50 or any time after 12:00 and before 1:30 or exactly at 1:45) and how long you would like to read-- one 5-minute slot, 3 slots at 15 minutes, or even longer! We need to get at least some people signed up ASAP, so that we can plan for others to fill in blank time slots. Anyone can participate; you do not need to be a Hobbit Society member. So feel free to encourage your friends to sign up as well.
Each year, this event is a lot of fun and helps us remember why we love Tolkien!

● Intellectual Hooliganism
Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-8:30 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.
This year, NM author Jane Lindskold will be giving our keynote talk on "Inverting the Rules or Why We Love Fools."
For more details, see the flyer here.

● Hobbit Moot
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm in the Honors Forum
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
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
(Student Health Center Building, Ground Floor, Room 21)
Discussion:
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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