The Finnish Tolkien Society Kontu organizes a lot of events every year. The most notable of these is the annual summer moot, held since 2002 (which natives usually refer to as The Miitti). Smaller (but equally fun!) moots are held throughout the year as well. See below for the latest news!
A summery picnic at Suomenlinna (Helsinki) will be held on the 7th of July in cooperation with other fantasy and sci-fi groups. The picnic is all about enjoying the (hopefully nice) weather, eating and drinking well and having fun with fellow Tolkien fans. The amazing scenery of the island fortress is also worth witnessing!
The Society provides some snacks and drinks for everyone, but it’s still recommendable to bring something to eat and especially to drink – dehydration isn’t nice, after all. We’ll also organize a group departure to the island at 13.00 (1pm) from the Kauppatori HSL harbour. See you there!
The big summer moot of 2018 (The Miitti) will be held from the 2nd to the 5th of August at Keravanjärvi in Mäntsälä. This moot is the most awaited one of the year, with an additional day of Thursday added to the weekend. There moot is characterized by a big variety of organised activities, such as dancing, workshops and outdoor competitions. Up-to-date info on the planned programme (only in Finnish, unfortunately; but feel free to ask for a translation!) can be found here. Anyone is welcome to come up with ideas for activities, and the Society can also provide a bit of financial aid if needed (around 20 euros).
More info here (mostly in Finnish).
Registration for the event starts on the 25th of June at 18.00. To register, just send an email to the organizers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will put you on the list of attendees and give you information about paying the moot fee. There is a fancy system for the registration too, but unfortunately it’s available only in Finnish, for now.
How much you need to pay depends on the amount of time spent at the moot – and being a member of the Finnish Tolkien Society gives you a neat discount:
3 nights 30€/35€
2 nights 20€/25€
1 night 10€/15€
If and when you decide to register for the moot, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about the ”how to get there?” part pretty soon. The forum thread (linked above) is a good place for that – anyone there is happy to give some tips!
A few important things to remember:
– The moot is non-alcoholic, no exceptions.
– The Society provides basic breakfast (bread, porridge, coffee/tea) for everyone. In addition, there will be an evening snack on Thursday, grilling on Friday and crepes on Saturday. Apart from those meals, bring your own food! Often there are little groups that plan ahead and engage in some cooking together, so it might be a good idea to ask around. If you have any strong allergies, please let the organizers know about them when registering for the moot!
– Bring your own bedsheets for sleeping.
– Anyone over 14 (and those who turn 14 in 2018) are welcome to the moot alone, but attendees under 18 must bring a written permission from a guardian. People under 14 may attend with a guardian.
If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to send an email or contact us on our Facebook page!
The autumn moot will be held from the 26th to the 28th of October. Stay tuned for more information!