Friendship and fellowship! Based in Silver Spring, MD but all are welcome. The majority of local activities will be centered in the National Capital area, although out-of-towners are also invited to join. (For example, Maryland's own Renaissance Festival attracts people from all over the country and even outside of it. We also maintain a strong presence in neighbouring Northern Virginia). Among things for fellow fans to enjoy include:
• Fantasy literature- with a heavy emphasis on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Speculative thoughts on any work is also fair game :)
• Tolkien-related scholarship and academics
• Fantasy movies- with a heavy emphasis on the film interpretations of Professor Tolkien's work
• Tolkien-related Travel- To the UK and New Zealand
• Outdoor Adventure- local ranger moots and nature lore. Scenic photography and stellar observation/astro photography.
• The One Ring, MERP, and Games Workshop LOTR tactical tabletop gaming. Tolkien-based or fantasy LARP.
This group is an equal opportunity meetup. It is a chance for all people to share in and celebrate the works of JRR Tolkien (and potentially other fantasy writers). These are stories of European mythology in origin as we all know. There will be British fans, Anglo-Americans (originally English), Northern Europeans etc who are among the identified subject peoples in these stories, participating in this meetup. There will also be other Europeans, their not-European friends (and colleagues etc) of any of the aforementioned groups, as well as those generally interested in Tolkien's work.