English edition XX Mereth Aderthad

Mae Govannen!

Welcome to the electronic page of the XX annual meeting of the Tolkien Society of Spain (Sociedad Tolkien Española), known as Mereth Aderthad, or plainly, EstelCon. As usual, it is opened for members of the STE and for the general public. Our objective as delegations is to spread and enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien's work.

What is a Mereth?

In Sindarin –one of the elvish languages invented by J.R.R. Tolkien-, mereth literally means "meeting"; the plural is merith, and in the STE we use it to designate a very common activity of our smials: to gather with other members for one or more days to share and enjoy multiple activities around Tolkien's work. Usually, a mereth is organised by a particular smial, and lasts a weekend. During these days, we make round-table meetings, attend to conferences, play games, and almost anything that the organizing smial may imagine. Two things that never fail are a story-telling night and a dressed up or "gala" dinner. This last one gets its name from the habit in the STE of making beautiful dresses inspired in the works of Tolkien, and to wear them for dinner. Obviously, this is not compulsory, and many people don't wear any special clothes.

However, once a year, there is a very special mereth that gathers a lot of members from the STE, and during which the annual General Meeting of the association is usually held. It receives always the same name: Mereth Aderthad, or "Feast of Reuniting". Each year a different smial is in charge of organizing it.

The Mereth Aderthad

Also called EstelCon (meaning “Convention of the Estel”), it is a meeting held once a year, that usually lasts for four days, and in which all the society participates, because although it’s prepared by a particular smial –and the hard work is done by them-, activities are developed by members of the entire STE, or by the committees, or by other smials.

The Mereth Aderthad is the greatest gathering of all members of the Sociedad Tolkien Española (plus any person who wants to join in), in order to spend a few days immersed in a world of fantasy, humor, friendship and culture in multiple forms… Doing what we all love to do: reading Tolkien, telling stories based in his work, listening at conferences, performing theatre plays representing passages of it, singing and listening to songs narrating great loves and heroic deeds, reading literary works in quenya with sublime voices, participating in diverse workshops (from dressmaking to pipe smoking), or learning hobbit dances and music; even watching to videos created by members themselves. And, over all, listening to real scholars demonstrating that Tolkien is far more than one of many fantasy writers; he is one of the greatest writers in History, unfairly forgotten by some experts, who are unable to perceive his deep thoughts about human being impregnating his works. If there is a single thing we all agree in a Mereth Aderthad, is the need of claiming for Tolkien's place in History.

One thing that we must never forget in every mereth are those small presents called "mathoms". In the Lord of the Rings: About the Hobbits, J.R.R. Tolkien defines "mathoms" as: «...items that Hobbits had no particular use for but could not bear to throw away...»

The habit in every mereth is that the organizing smial gives one mathom to every attending person; the more original, the better. But also, the attending smials usually give a mathom to the organizing one, as a way to thank them for the hard work done.


The Theme

This year our Conference will take place in the city of Alicante, mainly in the Castle of Santa Barbara, an amazing militar fortress which origin goes back more than 1000 years ago, but still it is beautifully preserved.

Attendants will enjoy in the Castle, apart from the wonderful panorama and climate of Alicante, the exhibition "The Fortress of the Ring", in which numerous objects related to Tolkien's work are exposed: figures, books, costumes, miniatures, and many more.

Activities

The activity schedule is not closed yet, but we already have confirmed conferences, workshops, music, and also demonstrations of the different projects currently being developed by people from the STE, directly related to Tolkien's works; all thus leading to a wide range of possibilities for the different tastes of all our visitors.

The Working Committees from the STE will be present and will encourage us to participate. We will be able to learn or improve our bow shooting; play games ; take us a photo in our Gala Dinner; we will sing, firstly guided by our Bards and then in the musical contest of Tolkiendili songs…


Useful Info

Maya hotel Alicante is our base, the place where assistants can rest, have breakfast, lunch and dinner while ou Mereth Aderthad 2015 is being held.

Address: Calle Canónigo Manuel Penalva, 2, Alicante (España)

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 38.352190 Longitude: -0.474775 Latitude: 38° 21′ 7.88” N Longitude: 0° 28′ 29.19” W

Transportation: - Plane: We are only 13km from El Altet Airport (Alicante). It would take 15 minutes more or less by car or taxi to reach it, depending on the traffic. Bus line C6 from the Airport has one stop 50m from the Hotel, in Lopez Oseba street (nearby Perpetuo Socorro street). - Bus: Alicante Bus station is 2,7 km from the hotel. You can take a taxi there. Bus C6 from the Airport has a stop nearby the hotel. Due to the Airport fares, the ticket would be 3,85€. - Train: If you are coming to Alicante by train, the Station is 2 km more or less from the hotel. There, you can take a taxi, bus, tram or rent a car.

Rooms The rooms in Hotel Maya Alicante are confortable and spacious, fully equipped to grant comfort and relax to their customers. Most of them offer sea view, Castle view or swimming-pool view.

Facilities include: Free Wi-fi connection, satellite TV, air conditioning and heating system, bathroom, direct telephone, free safe and minibar.

When: From October the 9th to the 12th 2015.

How: Attending and enjoying the Estelcon 2015 is as easy as to come to the Conference and attend the lectures, sign up to the workshops or get involved in conversations about the works of the Professor in general, or the chronological events in which this mereth in particular is based.

It is our objective to promote activities of any kind performed by any member. All the initiatives are welcome; and if they are related with the plot, even better. This is the perfect chance to read again Professor's books and tangle of the true spirit of Middle Earth. Don't leave any book out!

How to sign up: Write an e-mail to estelcon2015@gmail.com and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.

Pricing:

This Mereth Aderthad has a total price of €160, including the hotel, full board pension (with buffet meals and the Gala Dinner) and the materials for activities, along with the wellcome pack. Partial attendance will be measured in a complete day basis, from dinner to lunch. For special cases, please ask us.

If you can only assist some days, please, contact us (estelcon2015@gmail.com). Partial attendances are allowed.

  • There are rooms for families >3 members available. Please contact us.
  • There is a 50% discount for children under 12.

(VAT included in all prices)


Signing in:

Opens along August.

Final date: October the 1st

So, you know: if you want to participate and organize something, but you still don’t know what; if you want to do the best of you for some project, but you don’t know which one will better help the Estelcon; write and tell us what do you want. We’ll be pleased to offer you some help, and give you several ideas for you to develop at your will.