University of Wisconsin Tolkien Society

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Web-page: (current as of 2014)
The Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison meets on Sundays, 7:30-9:30ish pm, in Union South on the Madison campus, 227 N. Randall Ave. Check “Today in the Union” for the exact room. Meetings will be held in Union South on the UW-Madison campus, 227 North Randall Avenue, on the Sundays listed below, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing until the group breaks up, which is usually between 9:30-10:00 p.m.


December 12 — STARDUST Discussion of Stardust, written by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Charles Vess. This won the Mythopoeic Society Award for best fantasy novel of 1998. At this meeting, we will also set up our schedule and topics for the spring semester.
January 23 — PRINCESS MONONOKE Discussion of this Japanese animated film (English dialogue by Neil Gaiman). For background, see Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation by Helen McCarthy (Stone Bridge Press, 1999) and The Princess Mononoke: The Art and Making of Japan’s Most Popular Film of All Time (Talk Miramax Books, 1999). There are also numerous websites.
February 13 — FARMER GILES OF HAM Discussion of the 50th anniversary edition by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, recently published by Houghton Mifflin. This includes the earliest extant text, what exists of an unfinished sequel, and much other fascinating material.
March 19 — H. G. WELLS AND THE WAR OF THE WORLDS Discussion of Wells’s seminal 1898 novel of interplanetary war, its various radio and film adaptations (such as Howard Koch’s script performed by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre and by John De Lancie and what subsequently became Alien Voices), and its continuing influence.
April 9 — TAMSIN Discussion of the recent (1999) fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle.
May 14 — CHARLES DE LINT Discussion of the work of this year’s guest of honor at
WisCon (to be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29)

For further information about the Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, e-mail us at or write to Richard West, 1918 Madison Street, Madison, WI 53711-2128. Or consult our webpage, – Richard C. West Kurt F. Wendt Library 215 N. Randall Ave. University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706-1688 email: or telephone: 608/262-3536