|The Gathering of the Fellowship was
created when we, who love the works
of J.R.R. Tolkien, decided to put on the event of the same name. The
event was in December of 2003, designed to coincide with the
of the third of Peter Jackson’s The
Lord of the Rings movies, based on
Tolkien’s book. The event would showcase the three movies, allow people
to gather together and share their interests, and to study in a
scholarly way the fictional works that began the movement. Our original
and unwavering intent from the very beginning was to do this thing
purely for the fans; we would not profit from it at all, and our time
would be volunteered. If any proceeds were to be made, they would go to
We did not, at the time, look too far beyond the event, but we all
agreed that the potential was there to continue our efforts well past
2003. To this end, we are now committed to putting on these convention
events indefinitely, in a way that makes them special, and
differentiates them from other typical fan events. Gatherings of the
Fellowship will always be unique oppertunities for fans to gather
occasionally, and help us achieve our aims:
In our search to find an appropriate beneficiary, we came across ProLiteracy Worldwide. Some of our
volunteers were already familiar with the work that ProLiteracy had
done in their community, so the choice was clear. It also seemed
appropriate that since our passion
was born from these books, we should help promote them in the public,
and improve adult literacy in general. We are confident that J.R.R.
Tolkien himself would have supported our aim.
teach and further the awareness and understanding of the writings of
- To promote interest in the professor's life-long work
- To provide a forum for the discussion of all things
- To encourage and celebrate free artistic expression
and interpretation of Tolkien's fiction
- To promote educational and functional literacy in
general, as inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien
We are very proud to support ProLiteracy
Worldwide is a nonprofit international literacy organization based in
Syracuse, NY, that was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy
International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. ProLiteracy
Worldwide is now the oldest and largest nongovernmental literacy
organization in the world and pursues a mission of sponsoring
educational programs that help adults and their families acquire the
literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in
their daily lives.
ProLiteracy’s International Programs Division builds on work begun more
than 70 years ago in the Philippines. In 51 developing countries around
the world, thousands of adult learners are improving conditions for
their families and their communities through ProLiteracy’s 97
grassroots partner programs. ProLiteracy uses its unique methodology to
provide training, technical assistance, and targeted local grants to
support tailored programs that combine literacy with economic
self-reliance, health, education, peace, human rights, and
environmental sustainability projects.
ProLiteracy America, the U.S. Programs Division of ProLiteracy
Worldwide, represents 1,200 community-based volunteer and adult basic
education affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
ProLiteracy America provides accreditation, advocacy, and technical
assistance as well as program and professional development services. In
addition, its affiliates benefit from an annual conference and a menu
of regional trainings.
New Readers Press, ProLiteracy’s publishing house, generates $8 million
in revenue annually. Proceeds from the sale of its materials support
ProLiteracy’s work throughout the U.S. and the world. News for You, a
New Readers Press weekly newspaper written in plain English, is read by
new learners both here and abroad.
a PDF fact sheet about ProLiteracy Worldwide.