Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

The Van Rontens

Willamette Radio Workshop presents: Hobbits Greatest Hits

Kennedy School

11 a.m. 'til late


All ages welcome

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About Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

Elves, wizards, orcs and all others are invited to join in this all-day celebration of J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the 20th Century’s most influential authors. We'll have live music, The Lord of the Rings on the big screenWillamette Radio Workshop performing live, a costume contest, Hobbit-inspired food specials and more!


The Lord of the Rings Trilogy 
Follow Frodo through the epic series - in the Theater, 11 a.m. ‘til late

Willamette Radio Workshop
Live radio, performing "Hobbit's Greatest Hits" - in the Gym, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. 

Costume Contest
Wear your beastly best - in the Gym, 4:30 p.m.

The Van Rontens
Folk & Funk Grass - in the Gym, 7 p.m. ‘til 10 p.m. 

About J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE (born January 3, 1892, died September 2, 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

He served as the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1945 and Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College, Oxford, from 1945 to 1959. He was at one time a close friend of C.S. Lewis – they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972.

After Tolkien's death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his father's extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. These, together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-Earth within it. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term “legendarium” to the larger part of these writings. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien, the great success of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings led directly to a popular resurgence of the genre. This has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the "father" of modern fantasy literature – or, more precisely, of high fantasy.

In 2008, The Times of London ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945.” In 2009 Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning deceased celebrity.

About The Van Rontens

The Van Rontens

A fusion of Folk, Funk Grass and Gypsy Roots. It's like a whole new sandwich. Or maybe Iron and Wine meets Modest Mouse with crystal clear female lead vocals. Lead vocalist and songwriter Melodie Ayres, in seek of a major life change, upended her Kansas roots this last summer. She packed her car and shoved off for the adventure of the Cascade Mountain range and the rich music scene of Portland Oregon. After months of playing open mics she accumulated a tribe of musicians and fans to support her dream. Now The Van Rontens have created a sound like no other and are touring the country changing perspective on life one fan at a time.


About Willamette Radio Workshop presents: Hobbits Greatest Hits

Willamette Radio Workshop presents: Hobbits Greatest Hits

The Willamette Radio Workshop is a professional theatrical organization dedicated to the creation of original material for presentation on the Radio, Internet, as Compact Disks or whatever audio venues are available or appropriate. They produce their shows both in studio and at live venues. As an organization they want to acknowledge the influence and preserve the history of Radio Theatre as they work to create its present, to this end their work also includes re-creations or re-imaginings of Classic Radio programs.