Announcing the 16th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM


Tolkien and Horror

April 5th & 6th, 2019

Join us Friday April 5th and Saturday the 6th in the Waterman Memorial Lounge (Waterman 338) for the 16th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM! Details and description forthcoming. Sponsored by the Humanities Center and UVM English Department.

Fireside Reading

Friday, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Conference: Tolkien & Horror

Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Register now at

  • general public: $25
  • Vermont residents: $15
  • UVM students: free

Recent conferences


2018: Languages & Etymology

With Dr. Andrew Higgins, co-editor of A Secret Vice, delivering the keynote address “Lexicography and language invention: The Gnomish Lexicon scripts.”

2017: Romance in Middle-earth

Dr. Corey Olsen of Signum University gave the keynote address, “The turning point of Tolkien’s career.”

2016: Tolkien & Popular Culture

Dr. Robin Reid of Texas A&M University delivered the keynote address with the sesquipedalian title, “Tolkien and popular culture: being the chronicle of quests from fandom to academia and back again as the island of Anglophone literary studies in the United States underwent transformations during the 1970s to the 2000s of the Fourth Age of the world due to progressive movements of the Twentieth Century challenging oppressive hierarchies relating to gender, race, and sexual identification (though not so much class because “America” and its weird obsession with bootstraps) as cultural studies swept like a wave over the ivory towers (keep in mind it’s a simile not an allegory), plus tattoos.”