Oxford Tolkien Spring School

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13th November 2012: Oxford Tolkien Spring School

Link directly to announcement on the website of the University of Oxford, Faculty of English.

Date: 21 March 2013 - 23 March 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best known authors of the twentieth century, and his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have entertained and intrigued readers alike for decades, becoming some of the most popular books of all time. Many people will have read these novels, or seen the filmed adaptations, but have had little opportunity to take their interests further. To meet this need the Oxford Tolkien Spring School is being organised by the University of Oxford's English Faculty (where Tolkien taught for most of his career), aimed at those who have read some of Tolkien's fiction and wish to discover more. A series of introductory lectures by world-leading Tolkien scholars have been assembled, to take place in the English Faculty, University of Oxford, over the 21-23 March, 2013. Talks will cover Tolkien's life, his work as an academic, his mythology, the influences of medieval literature on his fiction, his languages, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and his other lesser known works. There will also be panel discussions looking at Tolkien's place in the the literary canon. There will also be opportunities to see the sights of Oxford that were so important to Tolkien and his colleagues, as well as an introduction to some of the Tolkien collections at the University.

The School is open to members of the public, and is aimed particularly at those who have read some of Tolkien's fiction but are now seeking an introduction to his mythology, further areas of study, and a deeper critical appreciation.

Speakers include:
- John Garth on 'Tolkien's Life'
- Thomas Honegger on 'Tolkien as an Academic'
- Carl Phelpstead on 'Tolkien's Mythology'
- Elizabeth Solopova on 'Tolkien's Languages'
- Mark Atherton on 'Tolkien and Medieval Literature (Old English)'
- Stuart Lee on The Hobbit
- Anna Caughey on The Lord of the Rings
- Maria Artamonova on 'Tolkien's Other Fiction

More information here (from the University of Oxford, Faculty of English)

(to link to this announcement: http://www.walking-tree.org/news_archive.php?item=74 )

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