Session331
TitleJ. R. R. Tolkien: Medieval Roots and Modern Branches
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2016: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserDimitra Fimi, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
 
Moderator/ChairChristopher Vaccaro, Department of English, University of Vermont
 
Paper 331-a 'Those who cling in queer corners to the forgotten tongues and manners of an elder day': J. R. R. Tolkien, Finns, and Elves
(Language: English)
Andrew Higgins, Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic, School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Old English; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 331-b J. R. R. Tolkien and T. H. White: Modern Brits and Old Wizards
(Language: English)
Aurélie Brémont, Centre d'Études Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA), Sorbonne Université, Paris
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 331-b Stirring the Alembic: Alchemical Resonances in Tolkien's Middle-Earth
(Language: English)
Sara Brown, Department of Language & Literature, Signum University, New Hampshire
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
 
AbstractThis session will address the complexities of Tolkien's modern Middle Ages. Andrew Higgins will explore Tolkien's appropriation of Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon perceptions of the Finns in his legendarium. Aurélie Brémont will examine parallels between Tolkien's and T.H. White's medievalisms. Sara Brown will revisit Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings via the practice, philosophy, and symbolism of alchemy.