The Tolkien Weekend coming to Newcastle castle this September, is organised by Time & Tide Events, an event company who specialises in artisan markets. The company supports heritage crafts and small businesses across North of England, from Roman-style markets to Medieval Christmas events, passing by Pirates markets.

Orcs, Elves, Hobbits, Dwarves and Ents are coming to Newcastle Castle for the 100th event of Time & Tides, celebrating all things Tolkien.

There will be artwork by international artists such as  Jay Johnstone, Tomás Hijo and John Cockshaw as well as fantastic stalls, glorious food, entertainment, live music, cosplay and talks, inside and outside the castle.

There will also be a chance to win limited edition art prints, leatherwork and lots more with a charity raffle raising money for MS Society UK & Fibromyalgia Action UK – FMAUK.

Among the talks you can come listen to Jez Hunt discussing “The Forging of Middle Earth”. He will be talking about the folklore, mythology and history that may have fed into the inspiration behind Tolkiens creation of Middle Earth touching on topics such as the Ring as reflected in Germanic myth, was Aragorn a reflection of Charlemagne as a divine King, why Trolls are cool, etc. The second of Jez Hunt talks is called “Concerning Tolkien”, which will be more about the man himself, how experiences in his life crept into his work, the influence of war and religion on his writings, his love for his wife reflected in his tales, and the Inklings creeping out of Fangorn.

Here is the music line up:
Saturday – The Kentucky Cow Tippers
Sunday – Iceni & Ken Bainbridge

Among the stalls you will find Hogs ‘n’ Chix, Aethertech Industries, Saffron Bakery, Cooler Cakes, North Feast Street, Eithin, Soul Taker Photography, Fudgetown, Ye Olde Chapel Bakery, Crimson Moon, Ancestor Leathercraft and Easy Cheesy.

Also don’t forget that it’s a free event, although some attractions may charge.

I’m leaving you with a superb clip of the event, featuring our roving reporter Oliver Johnstone!