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Smials are the local groups of The Tolkien Society. They are run on an entirely voluntary basis by members of the Society. It isn't usually necessary to be a member of the Society to be a member of a smial.

The term "smial" comes from The Lord of the Rings. It is the term the Hobbits themselves used for their excavated dwellings, more usually called simply "hobbit-holes".