Friday, April 11th

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Tolkien fireside readings

 

Come read, recite, or sing your favorite verse or prose passages!
— organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM


Saturday, April 12th

 

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall

Session 1: Authorian Mysteries

 

Building fantastic worlds: How Tolkien created the modern fantasy genre

Andrew Liptak · independent scholar

Authorship and the vita contemplativa in Tolkien

Dr. Nicholas Birns · associate professor · Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts


10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall

Session 2: A Question of Others

 

What then are these wood-woses?

Gerry Blair · independent scholar

Beorn & Radagast: Exploring the relationship between the skin-changer and the wizard

— Andrew Peterson · Harvard ’14


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch break


12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall

Keynote

 

Numenor and the ‘devouring wave’: Literary, historical, and psychological sources for Tolkien’s self-described ‘Atlantis complex’

Dr. Kristine Larsen · professor · Central Connecticut State University


1:30 – 3:00 p.m. in Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall

Session 3: Dragons and Wizards

 

Dragonomics: Smaug and pollution in Middle-Earth

Richard Fahey · PhD candidate · Notre Dame

Following Saruman

Dr. Chris Vaccaro · senior lecturer · University of Vermont


3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall

Session 4: Undergraduate Voices in Tolkien Studies I

 

The ring, dragon sickness, and the Arkenstone

— Anders Albertsson · University of Vermont ’14

“The countless stars of heaven’s field”: Scientific motifs of Middle-earth

— Casey Brinkman-Traverse · University of Vermont ’16

On the origin of species: Exploring and complicating Tolkien’s Orc

— Aaron Brunet · University of Vermont ’15


4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in Billings/Ira Allen Lecture Hall

Session 4: Undergraduate Voices in Tolkien Studies II

 

The Norse influences in Tolkien’s stories

— Angus Yates · University of Vermont ’16

Tom Bombadil

— Connor Klopfer · University of Vermont ’16


Sunday, April 13th

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Cook Green

Springle-Ring Shire Festival