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The Return of the Ring

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The Return of the Ring
LocationLoughborough University, England
OrganizerThe Tolkien Society
Dates16-20 August 2012

The Return of the Ring was a large convention hosted by The Tolkien Society after the success of Tolkien 2005. It was held on 16-20 August 2012 in order to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London.



  • Academic streams (two or three in lecture theatres): lectures, panels, visual presentations, etc.
  • Creative stream: hand-on doing things, workshops and the like.
  • Fandom stream: anything that is inspired through fandom.
  • Dealers’ Room: there is a good sized room for the dealers on the ground floor with space for signings.
  • Art Show: we have a nice light, airy room to display art to good advantage.
  • Bar and hospitality facilities: a large bar in a central area on the ground floor and a caffeteria [sic] on the first floor.
  • Child-friendly activities for younger people with their parents (we won’t be providing child minding or a crèche)
  • Tours: we're planning to repeat the popular coach trips to Birmingham and Oxford, and possibly elsewhere too.''

Confirmed Guests

Tom Shippey
Tolkien polemic. Author, The Road to Middle-earth  
Ted Nasmith
Renowned Tolkien artist  
Kate Madison
Director, producer and actor of Born of Hope  
Brian Sibley
Author and screenwriter  
Verlyn Flieger
Academic and author  
Corey Olsen
Podcaster and professor  
Jef Murray
Artist and illustrator  
Colin Duriez
Author and Inklings scholar  
Chris Bouchard
Director and producer of The Hunt for Gollum  
Dimitra Fimi
Author and lecturer in myth and folklore  
Jason Fisher
Blogger, author and editor of Mythprint  

Video from Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, John Howe

In addition to donating two items for the auction (A The Lord of the Rings (extended edition) Blu-ray boxset and a ComicCon 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, both signed by Jackson), Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, and John Howe sent their greetings and best wishes to the Return of the Ring. The video was played at the opening ceremony to the event.

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