Ringbearer's Day 2005

The New York Tolkien Society and Marymount Manhattan College is happy announce New Yorks 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Lord of the Rings. http://herenistarion.org/ringbearersday/.

A minimum of $1 from every ticket sold will go to The White Tree Fund, which has been organized as a response to the tsunami disaster, and resulting overwhelming needs of survivors by Lord of the Rings/Tolkien communities around the globe. http://herenistarion.org/ringbearersday/whitetreefund.html

Saturday, March 19th 2005
Marymount Manhattan College
East 71st Street, between 2nd & 3rd Aves.
New York City

Proudly Presenting a New York City Tradition — Ringbearer's Day 2005

Last year was truly memorable and many thanks to all who helped organize our 2004 event. This year to mark the occasion of 50 years of Lord of the Rings we wished to make this event even more to remember.

To help us celebrate, the renowned Tolkien-inspired Italian band Giuseppe Festa and Lingalad will be making their first New York appearance exclusively at Ringbearers Day 2005. Lingalad performed for audiences at the Gathering of the Fellowship December 2003, which took us all on a journey of magic, beauty and enchantment through their music.

Tolkien Scholar Michael Drout, (editor of Tolkien Studies, Beowulf and the Critics, and recipient of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies for 2003) will be speaking about Tolkien and taking part in our Panel Discussion: "Honoring Tolkien: 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings"

Ancanar Presentation

A special presentation will be screened of never-before-seen footage, interviews, and an update on the film's progress. Commentary and discussion will follow by weaponsmiths Joe Piela and Jenna Brocious, as well as Heren Istarion chairs Anthony S Burdge and Jessica Burke. Free postcards will be given away, autographed by the cast and crew. More details of the presentation will be updated on this in the near future Visit the official Site: http://www.ancanar.com

The Lonely Mountain Forge

The Arms and Armour of Middle-earth and Ancanar It is our pleasure to welcome back Master Metal Smiths Joe Piela and Jenna Brocious. At last year's Ringbearer's Day, Piela and Brocious taught a standing room only arms and armour session, which has inspired aspiring metalsmiths and craftsmen worldwide. Their work on the forthcoming film Ancanar is not only breathtaking but an enlightening achievement and contribution to myth and legend.

In addition to the appearance and participation of the guests listed thus far we will have:

  • Panel Discussion: "Honoring Tolkien: 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings"
  • Favorite readings from Tolkien's works by the Heren Istarion staff and honored guests
  • Ringbearers Day Young Adult bards and minstrels Sing Along This group of talented young adults will be covering those rousing Glass Hammer songs "Dorf and Orc", and "The Old Troll" plus more!!!
  • Middle-Earth costume and trivia contests

We will be adding further programming and guests in coming weeks!!!

Ticket information
Limited Seating ~ First Come, First Serve

Tickets can purchased in advance, but will not be shipped. All Tickets will be picked up at the door. All Tickets are non-refundable.

All tickets sold below are via PayPal, if you wish to send check or money order, please specify the number of tickets you are purchasing and for whom. All check or money order payments are to be made payable to: Jessica Burke and mailed to: 106 Patten St. Staten Island, NY 10307

The first 75 people who purchase tickets will receive a LOTR goodies and a FREE Return of the King movie poster, courtesy of New Line Cinema plus a limited NY Tolkien Society T-shirt while t-shirt supplies last.

Those who purchase tickets in advance will have their poster and t-shirt available with their ticket package at the door. But please be prompt and arrive at 10 a.m.

A portion of the proceeds will be going to Tsunami Relief efforts via The White Tree Fund. See Below for details on the White Tree Fund.

New York Tolkien Society Member Ticket Rate
Adults: $31.00 USD
Child: (under 10 years of age) $13.00

NON-New York Tolkien Society Member Ticket Rate
Adults: $41.00 USD
Child (under 10 years of age) $16.00

Beginning March 1st Ticket prices will be raised to $50 USD per adult, $30 USD per child.

Ringbearer's Day to help benefit Tsunami relief efforts via The White Tree Fund

On December 26th, 2004, the countries on the rim of the Indian Ocean experienced a natural disaster unlike any in our time. Over 150,000 people were killed and over one million lives have been left in chaos and destruction. The White Tree Fund has been organized as a response to the tsunami disaster, and resulting overwhelming needs of survivors by Lord of the Rings/Tolkien communities around the globe.

We have taken as our symbol, the White Tree of the Kings which stood in Gondor. The Tree is a symbol of renewal, healing and enduring hope, and inspires us to work for that now.

The Fund works with three relief agencies doing work in the affected areas, Direct Relief International, Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity. Each of these agencies is doing excellent work in a responsible, ethical and accountable manner. 100% of all funds donated will go to the relief agencies. For more information on these agencies or to make a donation, please see The White Tree Fund website.

We are proud to launch The White Tree Fund with our foremost partners, War of the Ring.net, Monsters & Critics, Middle-earth Reunion, Heren Istarion (the New York Tolkien Society), The Gathering of the Fellowship 2006, and Tolkien Forever. And our list of partners continues to grow. This is a testament to the strength of our common fellowship and understanding. Wherever you are, we urge you to join us and help if you can. For information, news and donations, please go to http://www.whitetreefund.org.