March 23, 2007

Hobbits Featured in NY Times

The New York Times ran a piece on Tolkien events in the ESCAPES Section, featuring a photo of "Lord of the Rings" costumers from my group, Arms of Middle Earth in the Dragon*Con parade, and a bit about the Tolkien Track at DragonCon:
Two summer events appeal to both amateur scholars and budding actors.

“I’m an obsessed geek,” said Marie Miesel, a nurse from Nashville and a presenter at Dragon*Con, perhaps the nation’s largest convention for fantasy fans, held in Atlanta annually on Labor Day weekend. “My parents brought me to science fiction conventions when I was 7.” She will be leading a seminar on Sept. 2, “The Silmarillion for Dummies.”

The four-day convention isn’t just about Tolkien, but its Tolkien Track will be a cluster of lectures, game demonstrations, films and panel discussions on topics from “Customizing Your Action Figures” to “Misconceptions of Copyright Law for the Creator of Fan Works.” A party called An Evening in Bree (Bree is a village in Middle-earth) will include folk dancing, a trivia contest and a band singing Tolkien-themed lyrics. On Saturday morning, hundreds of costumed Tolkien fans will march through downtown Atlanta — bearded wizards and snarling orcs — mingling with Klingons (“Star Trek”) and Imperial Guardsmen (“Star Wars”) from other fantasy-loving groups.

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