When the first Conference on Middle-Earth convened, in 1969, The Lord of the Rings was a series of fantasy books written by a British professor and embraced by hippies. Two years later, at the second conference, things were much the same except that the hippies were doing harder drugs.
Then a decade went by.
Now, of course, LoTR is a series of fantasy books written by a British professor and embraced by hippies ... AND a series of films shot in New Zealand and embraced by fangirls. In fact, the amount of Aragorn/Legolas* slash written since 2000 alone is probably at least a hundred times the wordcount of poor J.R.R.'s total oevre, even counting the Silmarillion -- and that's a very conservative estimate.
Seems like a perfect time to get the conference going again, right? The third Conference on Middle-Earth is scheduled for March 26, at the Westford Regency Inn (with a pre-conference "Downfall of Sauron" party at the Green Dragon on March 25). As to the time gap, organizer and Big Name Fan Jan Howard Finder (a/k/a Thain Peregrin Took II) says merely that a "chance meeting" brought the idea back from wherever ideas go when no one gets off their ass to do them for thirty years.
The conference will feature panels and papers both scholarly ("Gondor Needs No King: Images of Kingship in the Ramayana and JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings") and squeeful ("Blondes Have More Fun!: Images of Legolas Greenleaf") as well as the requisite crazy hobbit partying. Speak, friend, and enter (registration is $65 and may be sold out.)
*This is bullshit, by the way. Legolas and Aragorn have zero chemistry in the books. Legolas/Gimli 4-eva.
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