Enyalie at Oxonmoot
on Oxonmoot and some photos from Enyalie, the ceremony held at
Tolkien's grave, attended by Mathom.
Oxonmoot is the annual meeting of the Tolkien Society http://www.tolkiensociety.org/.
It is always held in Oxford but at a different location each time. This
year it was at Somerville College http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/college/ which I was
happy about because it's within easy walking distance of my house.
Oxonmoot began last Friday evening (Sept. 15, 2006) with registration,
meeting old and new friends at the bar, and then a dinner. I went over
early because I had volunteered to be a steward so I helped set up the
bookstore for a few hours before registration.
Besides the bookstores there was also an art room (Ted Nasmith, Ruth
Lacon and others) and a games room. Also a tea/coffee room.
On Saturday there were 2 tracks of talks or other presentations to
choose from. I especially enjoyed a talk on Tolkien, Oxford, and women.
On Saturday night we had a party with entertainments and a costume
On Sunday there was a walking tour of Oxford in the morning which I
didn't go on because I live in Oxford. At 10:30 AM two busloads of
people went to the cemetery in Wolvercote to gather at Tolkien's grave.
My husband and I rode our bikes over. We went a little early so I could
clean and fill the vase that is a permanent feature of Tokien's grave.
I had made a bouquet
to put in it and I wanted to do that before the rest of the people
came. When everyone was ready a speaker read to us about Tolkien's life
and friends just before and during the war (some years she reads from
Tolkien's works). Then wreaths were laid on the grave and someone sang
a song in elvish and then people could pay their own respects and take
photos before they left.
Here are some photos I took:
The bouquet I made to place upon the gravesite -
A closeup of the tag reading "Fellowship
of Middle-earth lotrfanmb.com"
The bouquet placed in the vase at the gravesite.
Many of the flowers that were placed at the grave by the end of the