Tolkien’s Middle-earth schedule 2013 (tentative)


10 a.m. — Welcome to Middle-earth — A welcome and grand overview of what is planned as well as a get-to-know you session.  Kick off DragonCon by arming yourself with knowledge and friends.   L401 – 403, Marriott.


11: 30 am — The Hobbit: A Latter Day Legendary Saga — A discussion of the cultural roots of Tolkien’s The Hobbit in the Old Norse literary form of the Legendary Saga and the novel’s significance as a revival of this tradition in the 20th Century. — L401 – 403, Marriott.


1 pm — Dwarven Warriors Take The Stage — William Kircher and Graham McTavish, two of the actors making up the Unexpected Party of 13 dwarves in THE HOBBIT take the stage just weeks after wrapping the film and discuss what was required to play such iconic figures in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first Middle-earth book. — Centennial II – III


2:30 pm — Smaug Con: Tokien and His Dragons — Glaurung, Ancalagon & Smaug, oh my! As Bilbo nears the lair of the latter in December 2013, what better time to celebrate the danger and deviousness of the Dragons of Middle-earth? Join us for a discussion of the history, design, importance, and affection that Tolkien pours into these Great Worms! Can you name the other three L401 — 403, Marriott.


4 p.m. — Costumes: How to create a Dwarf , basic — The first of our two-part awesome costuming panel! How to choose a dwarf to costume (including dwarven body types), find references and fabrics, budget, cover the details, and make a plan. Fri 4:00 pm L401 – 403, Marriott.


5:30 p.m. — Costumes: How to create a Dwarf, advanced —  How to take your dwarf from good to great with weathering, hair and prosthetics, leatherwork, props, and finished supplies. L401 – 403, Marriott.


8:30 p.m. — An Evening At Bree — The annual kick off to DCon festivities with a Bree-like atmosphere, the fantastic Emerald Rose and a more faire-type atmosphere than ever before along with a Middle-earth specific costume contest. A tradition not to be missed. Centennial I



8:30 a.m. — Parade — The height of pop-culture in a massive parade. Check out the official Dragon Con site for details.


11:30 a.m. — Two Half Men & a Wizard — An hour with three Hobbit actors. Can one stage fit all the coolness in one place? William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy and Graham McTavish — Atrium Ballroom


1 p.m. — The Silmarillion for Everybody — A breakdown of Tolkien’s cosmology in easy-to-understand language with maps and gold stars for everybody! — L401 – 403, Marriott.


2:30 p.m. — Battle-ready Hobbits: Scouring of the Shire, what could have been — Who did Tolkien originally envision as landing the last blow of the War of the Ring? Could it have been … Frodo? Join Constance G.J. Wagner for an intriguing discussion of what Tolkien first intended for the Hobbits’ homecoming — and debate the merits of “what if” with “what is” concerning everything from the fate of Saruman to who did what to whom in the Battle of Bywater.  Here’s your chance to gaze into the Mirror of Galadriel for a unique glimpse of “things that were, things that are, and some things that have not come to pass”! L401 – 403, Marriott.


4 p.m. — Middle-earth & Hogwarts An absurdly interesting panel of experts gather to talk about the differences and similarities of two popular realms of wizards and Elves and everything else under the sun. L401 – 403, Marriott.


5:30 p.m. — Hobbit: One book, Three Movies — Join for a presentation of what is in store for the next two Hobbit movies of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 75-year-old tale of Thorin’s company of dwarves and its burglar. Unauthorized by any studio, the online center for Middle-earth uses clues, conjecture, set visits and spy reports to prepare you. Beware spoilers! — International South


10 p.m. — DJ Middle-earth, 80s night dance party — Tolkien’s Middle-earth Track presents a totally awesome 80′s dance party! Come dressed in your finest 80′s or Middle-earth threads. Rad music by DJ Deathskiss, an EPIC 2.5 hours of dance! Costume optional, this is a big shin-dig for all of Dragon Con with fantasy images and projections, we put the Dragon where it belongs, on a night time programming event that will bring the heat! — Grand Ballroom East




10 a.m. — Inspired by Tolkien — An open discussion on writing and publishing tales that really matter. Join Constance Wagner for a confab on such creative conundrums as finding your muse; understanding your own writing process; brainstorming ideas; starting a story ( and even ENDING a story); pondering publishing — and anything else that relates to creating and sharing the True Work of your writer’s soul! Ask some Q’s. Get some A’s.  L401 – 403, Marriott.


11:30 a.m. — Thorin Oakenshield – Book and film — Susan Nease takes us along on an indepth look at Thorin as J.R.R. Tolkien wrote him and how he changed to work as a cinematic character from Peter Jackson’s script and Richard Armitage’s performance.   — L401 – 403, Marriott.


1 p.m. — Previewing the Desolation of Smaug with — TORn staff takes a sharp focus on what is in store at the cinema in only a few months. Drawn from internet clues, insider spy reports, in-person reporting, conjecture and healthy speculation, we peer into the darkness of the mountain to see what Smaug has in store. — Centennial I


2:30 p.m. — A Visual Journey Through Middle-earth — A look at Middle-earth through all of its ages from the arm of artist Jef Murray — L401 – 403, Marriott.


4 p.m. — Aragorn Loves Arwen (And Frodo Knows Why!) — Hold hands with your hobbit honey at our intimate talk on love, marriage, and destiny in Middle-earth! Join Constance Wagner for an exploration of the meaning and symbolism behind the midsummer marriage of Elf and Man — and the role Frodo plays in interpreting its significance. We’ll also walk down the aisle with our favorite May Day couple, Rosie and Sam; go medieval with Eowyn and Faramir; and even spend some time with Middle-earth’s own  long term Power Couple — Galadriel and Celeborn. L401 – 403, Marriott.


5:30 p.m. — Two Mighty Dwarves — Hobbit actors William Kircher and Graham McTavish take the stage ready for your questions on a moderated panel where we hope to delve deeper into their careers and what making movies in Middle-earth is like. Atrium Ballroom


7 p.m. — Hobbit drinking songs! — Have you ever wanted to visit a pub in Hobbiton? Imagine the scent of warm pipe smoke and a strong hobbit ale. In the corner, a couple hobbits start to sing. The music rises as hobbits of all shapes and sizes start to sing along. Grab a pint and join the Brobdingnagian Bards as we sing some of the most popular hobbit drinking songs. BYOB. — L401 – 403, Marriott.


8:30 p.m. — Middle-earth Fan Films — An exploration of the many fan films that have sprung up about Middle-earth including the hows, why and suggestions for your own projects.  An audio / visual experience. — L401 – 403, Marriott.




10 a.m. — Hobbit Guests Talk Tolkien & Beyond — You want stars? We have them, all from Middle-earth in the form of William Kircher, Sylvester McCoy and Graham McTavish.  Centennial II – III


11:30 a.m. Tolkien & The U.K.L401 – 403, Marriott.


1 p.m. — ARTC Performs The Scouring of the Shire — The Atlanta Radio Theater Company presents a dramatic reading of one of the dynamic but sometimes overlooked sections of The Lord of the Rings book.  A crowd favorite every year, you can hear the book come to life before your very eyes with a dynamic version of J.R.R. Tolkien himself. L401 – 403, Marriott.


2:30 p.m. — New Zealand is Middle-earth — A look with maps, photos and video exactly how New Zealand supplied the iconic images of Middle-earth and how you can experience it for yourself and where to go if you do. L401 – 403, Marriott.


4 p.m. — Goodbye — Into The West —  Come say goodbye to your fellow Tolkienites and also leave your suggestions and request the return of your favorite aspects of Middle-earth programming. Hugs all around! L401 – 403, Marriott.

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