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Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

30th January 2014: Call for papers: "Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien"

The call for papers for Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien has been extended to 30th June. The (updated) call for papers can be read here.

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=98 )

"We should look at green again":
Representations of Nature in Middle-earth

16th September 2013: Call for papers

Tolkien's portrayal of nature in Middle-earth has been interpreted in a variety of ways, often depending on the context of the reading. Some have seen Middle-earth and its potential destroyer, the Ring, as an allegory of the European continent under the threat of the atomic bomb, while others have embraced it as an artistic expression of the Green movement's agenda in the face of industrial abuse. Some have read nature in Tolkien's work in terms of old myths and religion; yet others take the exhaustive descriptions of the physical environment, textual and cartographic, as a sign that Middle-earth itself is the central protagonist of the stories. Tolkien himself leaves the field open for interpretation, as long as we do not single out one particular perspective as more valid than another ├╣as he states in his famous 1966 foreword to The Lord of the Rings, applicability not allegory is key to the understanding of his literature.

For all these different approaches, it seems safe to say that nature in Middle-earth ... [read more -> pdf format, web page]

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=95 )

DTG Conference 2014:
Nature and Landscape in Tolkien's Work

22nd July 2013: Call for papers – Nature and Landscape in Tolkien's Work

Tolkien and Nature conference Jena 2014

The topic of the 2014 DTG Seminar has been selected. The event will be entitled Nature and Landscape in Tolkien's Work and take place from 9th to 11 May 2014 in Jena, Germany. If you would like to contribute a paper, please consult this page of the DTG website (scroll down for English version).

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/conference/14_jena.php )

Picture: On the Way to Edoras (2000), Anke Eißmann

Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

16th April 2013: Call for papers: "Humour in and around the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien"

Tolkien has until recently been seen primarily as a writer of epic fantasy, a genre usually not associated with humour. If humour had been the subject of academic inquiry at all, then the authors focused mostly on the shorter works (e.g. Schneidewind on Farmer Giles of Ham) or the treatment of humour was incidental or part of a larger argument (e.g. Tom Shippey's discussion of orcish humour in LotR in his paper on the nature of evil). The proposed collection of essays therefore aims at a critical re-examination as well as an expanded view of the use of humour in and around Tolkien's works. [read more]

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=87 )

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