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Tolkien and Literary Wordbuilding

23rd February 2017: Call for Papers: Tolkien and Literary Wordbuilding

Celebratory volume on the occasion of the twentieth birthday of Walking Tree Publishers' Cormarë Series (1997-2017)

Read the call for papers here.

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=127 )

Music and Middle-earth

24th August 2016: Call for Papers, Music and Middle-earth


In 2010, Walking Tree Publishers published a volume, Music in Middle-earth in conjunction with Edition Stein und Baum (Musik in Mittlerde).

A follow-up volume with the same topic and the title Music and Middle-earth / Musik und Mittlerde will be published by the above mentioned publishing houses in English and German in 2018.

A call for papers for this book has been published and can be read here.

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=124 )

Tolkien Conference 2017

24th August 2016: Call for Papers, Tolkien Conference 2017

A call for papers has been published for the 2017 Tolkien Conference. This can be downloaded here.

The conference will be held in Augsburg University (Germany) from 27 to 29th October 2017

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/conference/17_augsburg.php )

Tolkien Conference 2016

23rd August 2015: Tolkien Conference 2016 - Call for Papers

Tolkien's Philosophy of Language

The topic of the 2016 Tolkien Conference will be "Tolkien's Philosophy of Language". The event will be held in the University of Jena from 6-8 May 2016. The Tolkien Conference is an annual event co-organized by Deutsche Tolkiengesellschaft and Walking Tree Publishers. A call for papers has been published. Read more here (pdf) or on the website of Deutsche Tolkiengesellschaft.

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/conference/16_jena.php )

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 łas 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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