the Convention: reviews
Review from Amon Hen, the main bulletin
of the Tolkien Society, n° 175 (May 2002)
by Alex Lewis (thanks Alex !)
The event took place in the modern surroundings of the Museum of
Natural Sciences in Brescia, Italy and attracted over 250
attendees for its two days, Saturday and Sunday, mostly from
Brescia is a city of 200,000 people and has a castle on a
hill, a very good museum, two cathedrals and excavated and
partially restored ruins of a temple dedicated to the Emperor
Guest speakers at the conference were Alex Lewis from the UK and
Edouard Kloczko, author of A Dictionary of Quenya, from
Showcased artists on display were Lorenzo Daniele and Ruth Lacon,
and there was a large number of fine and varied Tolkien inspired
pieces of artwork by younger members on display and a competition
for these younger artists' works, with prizes.
There was an introductory speech by the mayor of Brescia, Paolo
Corsini, and then the papers began in the main auditorium with a
side theatre set up with video link for those who could not find
seats in the main venue.
For much time, there were people obliged to use the side theatre.
The first talk was by Fiorenzo Delle Rupi about the relationship
between genre and mainstream literature with respect to Tolkien.
This was followed by Alex Lewis giving a paper entitled A
Question of Choice (in English with simultaneous translation
After lunch there were recitations and round table discussions
and Saturday evening a party with some costumes.
The music from Peter Jackson Fellowship of the Ring movie
was played and the trailers from the movie shown during both days.
On the Sunday, Edouard Kloczko spoke about the languages of
Middle-Earth, Gianni Musy talked with the audience about his part
as the Italian 'voice of Gandalf' in the Italian dubbed version
of the Peter Jackson movie, and then there was a paper about
Tolkien as a Catholic writer by Fr. Paolo Barbiano.
The conference ended at 18:00 on the Sunday and a good time
was enjoyed by all.
The organisation was excellent, and the 250 attendees
enjoyed the experience.
It was quite clear that Peter Jackson movie had enthused a large
number of people to come to a Tolkien Conference of this type.
It might be worth noting this in relation to the likely numbers
we might expect for Oxonmoot 2002.
The welcome at Brescia and the enthusiasm of Endore and the
Italian fans was wholehearted and I can thoroughly recommend the
conference as a worthwhile experience.
It is to be hoped that the City Council of Brescia and Endore will
organise another Conference next year.