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OZMoot 2024

What: OzMoot 2024

When: January 26-28, 2024

Where: Harold Park Community Hall. 1 Dalgal Wy, Forest Lodge NSW 2034, Australia

Signum University and the Mythgard Institute, in partnership with The Tolkien Society and Hern Ennorath, invite you to join us in Sydney, Friday-Sunday, January 26-28, for our second annual OzMoot.

Our theme this year is “Above All Shadows: Tolkien and Uncertain Futures”.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium evolved over his lifetime, during which he simultaneously enjoyed the happiness and fulfillment brought by his family, career, and love while enduring the darker challenges of being an orphan, traumatic war service, and the loss of his close friends. His stories resonate with us because of Tolkien’s implicit message that life offers ‘hope without guarantees’. We can never know how things will turn out, nor what the future will hold. However, Tolkien repeatedly compels us to presume that despair is a mistake in the face of the unknown, from Sam on the Stairs of Cirith Ungol to Húrin at the Fens of Serech, from Aragorn’s dilemma at Parth Galen to Turin’s lifetime struggles.

The title comes from Sam’s song of hope, “Above all shadows rides the Sun and Stars for ever dwell.”

All generations may face a creeping darkness, a challenge to deal with, or a threat to endure, sometimes of an existential nature. OzMoot invites papers that explore how Tolkien’s characters resist the darkness of despair even in the face of an uncertain future.

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