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first_img300 fans of J.R.R. Tolkien will meet in Oxford this weekend to celebrate the renowned author’s life and writings.The event, celebrating the former Oxford student and academic, is taking place at St Antony’s College, and began yesterday. It will finish on Sunday.The news that the weekend-long event has already sold out reflects the increasing popularity of Tolkien’s works, and coincides with the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition at the Bodleian Library.It also follows last month’s publication of The Fall of Gondolin, originally written by Tolkien in 1917.The annual event, known as ‘Oxonmoot’, is being hosted by The Tolkien Society, an educational charity and literary society aimed at promoting the life and works of Tolkien. On the recommendation of his family, Tolkien remains the Honorary President of the society, which has over 1,600 members and regularly hosts events across the country.During the weekend, Tolkien fans will be able to participate in quizzes, workshops, a Hobbit bake-off, and a visit to the exhibition at the Bodleian Library. There will also be talks from leading Tolkien scholars, including writer John Garth.The weekend will conclude with a ceremony of remembrance at the grave of Tolkien, located in Wolvercote Cemetery in North Oxford.Shaun Gunner, Chair of The Tolkien Society, said: “This is the largest ever Oxonmoot, and this is testament to the growing popularity of Tolkien and his works, and ever-increasing numbers shows that people want to share their passion for Tolkien with others.“Oxonmoot has been going for over 40 years and provides an excellent opportunity for hundreds of fans from around the world to come together for a weekend of fun and fellowship in Oxford, a location so important to Tolkien.”He added: “Oxonmoot always takes place in September to coincide with the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo, but this year we have a record number of attendees coming to St Antony’s College to enjoy the longest-running Tolkien event in the world.”last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigerian Army loses Colonel to Boko Haram attack Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Andrej Kramaric became the first Hoffenheim player to score four goals in a Bundesliga game, overwhelming Borussia Dortmund with a one-sided 4-0 away victory on Saturday.The Croatian striker, his club’s top scorer this season, took his campaign tally to 13 as Europa League-bound Hoffenheim moved above VfL Wolfsburg to finish in fifth place on 52 points. Borussia Dortmund were already confirmed as runners-up to Bayern Munich, but after this embarrassing home defeat finished 13 points adrift of the champions.They did threaten early, when Norwegian teenager Erling Haaland forced a full stretch save out of visiting goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in the fifth minute.But after that it was 29-year-old Kramaric who dominated the game.He opened the scoring after eight minutes, after a good build-up, picking his spot and curling the ball home from just outside the penalty area.On the half-hour mark the former Leicester City forward doubled his tally after beating the offside trap to slot home from close range. After the break, Kramaric was given far too much room by a sleepy Borussia Dortmund defence to complete his hat-trick in the 48th minute.Then home defender Mats Hummels pushed Moanes Dabbur in the penalty area two minutes later.Kramaric stepped up to slot the ball home under the body of Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki to seal a dominant performance.He added: “I dreamt about the possibility of a penalty kick before the game. But, to be honest, my penalty kick was not all that well taken.“I had decided before that if I got a penalty kick it would be a no-look effort and I got a bit lucky,” he said of the effort that just crept under Burki’s body. “It’s really (an) amazing stuff and feeling to score four goals in this stadium to win this game and to get direct qualification into the Europa League.“Things like this do not happen often in a player’s career.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Andrej KramaricBorussia DortmundEuropa LeagueTukur BurataiVfL Wolfsburglast_img read more