TolCon

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Convention
Name: TolCon
Dates: May 2004–?
Frequency: Bi-annually
Location: Seattle area, Washington state
Type: fanrun
Focus: works of J.R.R. Tolkien and derivations thereof
Organization: Northwest Tolkien Society
Founder:
Founding Date: May 2004
URL: Old Angelfire site; professional website at www.tolcon.org since disappeared
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TolCon event

TolCon was created by the Northwest Tolkien Society and held in May 2004 in Seattle, Washington. The concom was comprised mostly of sci-fi/fantasy fans who previously knew each other, including M'lyn.

Press Release

The long-form press release still exists online, and reads as follows:

TolCon Long Press Release.[1]

The First Annual TolCon (May 14-16, 2004) is a three-day celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien, his writing and the fandom that has sprung up from the amazing worlds he created. The Northwest Tolkien Society's aim is to focus on more than the just the recent movies and to explore as many aspects of Tolkien's life and writings as we can fit in one weekend. We enjoy all aspects of Tolkien fandom-whether you think Peter Jackson created a masterpiece, Ralph Bakshi did, or there will never be a movie good enough to be worthy of Tolkien's name, you will find other fans and panels ready to agree with you.

TolCon will have several programming tracks to examine the varied aspects of Tolkien's life and writings. Linguistics panels will include lessons in Khudzul, Quenya and Sindarin. Dancing panels will include Elvish line dancing and Hobbit country dances. A Day in the Life of a Hobbit track will include food, microbrew tasting (for those 21 and over), the aforementioned dancing, and how to dress with fuzzy feet. There will be no childcare at TolCon, but there will be family friendly panels throughout the weekend, including the games hobbit children play. Adult gaming will include a LotR board game tournament. TolCon will also celebrate art inspired by Tolkien through the art show, costume ball, and several guests of honor. We'll be covering Tolkien "writing" from everything from the Lost Tales to current parodies written by two of our Writer Guests; Molly Winter and Jaida Jones. We will have Jasmine Watson grace us with her presence and her jewelry. Our music guests will include Luke Ski, of "Stealing Like a Hobbit" fame, as well as the Forgotten Celts and Dorian Mirth to give the illusion of actually being in Middle Earth.

Tolcon will be held at the Sea-Tac Marriott, so if you reserve a room you will be able to enjoy all of the panels and fun as late as you like before stumbling back to your room, exhausted (Or you may rest in between panels to keep yourself bright-eyed and fuzzy-footed). In the wee hours of the morning, you can use the complementary DSL connection to let everybody who can't join in the fun know just what they're missing.

Please join us in a weekend of fun, festivities, and immersion in all things Tolkien.

For more information, check out http://www.tolcon.org, or email info@tolcon.org
  1. TolCon Long Press Release