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Unquendor Tolkien Seminar 2018: The World Tolkien Built

Saturday 12 May 2018
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The Dutch Tolkien Society Unquendor and Leiden University will host a seminar that brings together Tolkien researchers and enthusiasts to share new insights into Tolkien’s fiction and scholarship. The event takes place on Saturday, 12 May, 2018. We invite people to present their research on any topic related to Tolkien, including his fiction, his scholarship and modern adaptations of Middle-earth.


Time Programme

Session I

  • Opening by chairman of Unquendor
  • Thijs Porck - Reshaping the Germanic Economy of Honour: Gift Giving in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
  • Chiara Marchetti - Tolkien's Medieval Monsters : Grendel, Gollum and Boromir
  • Łukasz Neubauer - War and Peace: The Antithesis of Pagan and Christian Ethics in the Slavic Roots of Boromir’s Name
12:15 - 13:30 Time for lunch (not provided)


Session II

  • Berber Bossenbroek - Shiny Elves and Courageous Women: Feminine Heroism in Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien and the Old English Judith
  • Lettie Dorst - Fair, Fierce, Feigned: Gender Representations in The Lord of the Rings
  • Renée Vink - Unhappily Ever After: The Many Woes of Tolkien’s Lovers
15:10 - 15:30 Coffee/tea break

15:30 –17:00

Session III

  • Jan van Breda - The Statute of Finwë and Míriel. Justice, Pity and the irrevocable free will of the Dead.
  • Hamish Williams - Tom, Bert, Bill, and... Polyphemus: Tolkien's Reception of the Cyclopeia
  • Closing words

Attending the seminar

Attendance is free, but as we will not offer accommodation or lunch, you will have to arrange this yourself. The event will take place in room 227, on the second floor of the Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1, 2311 BD, Leiden). If you're interested or want more information, you can send an e-mail to Renée Vink ( lembas@unquendor.nl ).

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