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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: Celebrating Tolkien in 2012 was a large convention hosted by The Tolkien Society after the success of Tolkien 2005. It was held at Loughborough University, England, on 16-20 August, 2012. The convention marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.



  • 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.''

Special guests

Mark Atherton
Academic and lecturer  
Martin Barker
Author and researcher  
Ben Barootes
Researcher and lecturer  
Cor Blok
Tolkien artist  
Chris Bouchard
Director and producer of The Hunt for Gollum  
Janet Croft
Author and editor of Mythlore  
Jenny Dolfen
Tolkien artist  
Maike Dulk
Tolkien artist  
Colin Duriez
Author and Inklings scholar  
Anke Eißmann
Tolkien artist  
Tor Fauskanger
Tolkien artist  
Dimitra Fimi
Author and lecturer in myth and folklore  
Verlyn Flieger
Academic and author  
Peter Gilliver
Lexicographer and author  
Ronald Hutton
History professor and author  
Jay Johnstone
Tolkien artist  
Peter Kenny
Collector and expert  
Ruth Lacon
Tolkien artist  
Chloë Lees
Performer and storyteller  
Kate Madison
Director, producer and actor of Born of Hope  
Ted Nasmith
Tolkien artist  
Corey Olsen
Podcaster and professor  
Tom Shippey
Tolkien polemic. Author, The Road to Middle-earth  
Brian Sibley
Author and screenwriter  
Michael Tolkien
Poet and author. Grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien  
Mark Walker
Latin translator of The Hobbit  
Sue Wookey
Tolkien artist  
Cindy Zudys
Storyteller and teacher  

Video from Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, and 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 poster, 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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