The Gathering of the Fellowship Tolkien Fan Community
In proud support of

ProLiteracy Worldwide


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 release 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 a charity.

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:
  • To teach and further the awareness and understanding of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • To promote interest in the professor's life-long work
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of all things Tolkien-related
  • 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
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.

We are very proud to support ProLiteracy Worldwide.

ProLiteracy Worldwide

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.

Download a PDF fact sheet about ProLiteracy Worldwide.

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