Friday, April 13th

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in Waterman Building 501 (Grace Coolidge Room)

Fireside Tolkien reading


9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring


Saturday, April 14th

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 1: Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (celebrating 30 years)

 

By doom mastered: The Turin story in Tolkien’s legendarium

— Nicholas Birns · New School University, New York

(V)arda marred: Evolution of the Queen of the Stars in Tolkien’s legendarium

— Kristine Larsen · Central Connecticut State University

Blasphemy and the creation of the Orcs

— Jolanta Komornicka · Boston University


10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 2: Theorizing Tolkien

 

Deleuzian reflections and The Lord of the Rings

— Dyrk Ashton · University of Toledo

Tolkien and the location of English identity

— Aaron Jackson · Manchester Metropolitan University

‘The authorized edition’: Para-textual elements and their impact on two editions of the 1966 text of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

— Jennie MacDonald · University of Denver


Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch break


1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 3: Tolkien’s Literary Sources

 

William Morris, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the archaic style

— Michael Faletra · University of Vermont

Tolkien’s recurrent image of the Elf maiden in the wood

— Jason Fisher · independent scholar

The Hobbit body: Sources and symbolism

— Christopher Vaccaro · University of Vermont


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 4: Characters and Peoples in Middle-earth

 

Who is Goldberry?

— Sarah Birns · Cornell University

Arda marred: The song of the Ents and Entwives

— Corey Olsen · Washington College, Maryland

The double identity of Eowyn

— Jamie Williamson · University of Vermont


4:30 – 4:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Coffee, tea, & cookies


4:45 – 5:45 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 5: Keynote

 

Roots of the mountain: Fantasy before Tolkien

— Douglas Anderson · independent scholar


5:45 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner break


6:30 – 10:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Peter Jackson’s The Two Towers


Sunday, April 15th

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Waterman Building 501 (Grace Coolidge Room)

Session 5: Undergraduate Voices (University of Vermont)


Noon – 4:00 p.m. in Waterman Building 501 (Grace Coolidge Room)

Peter Jackson’s The Return of the King