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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, the Bodleian Libraries and TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, will mount a display of original drawings from the Tolkien archive and host a panel discussion on reactions to Tolkien’s work, then and now.
A selection of Tolkien’s original drawings will be on display throughout the day in Blackwell Hall.
The panel discussion will be held in the Lecture Theatre in the Weston Library, 5-6pm. The speakers will be Professor Andy Orchard, the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, a position formerly held by Tolkien; Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University and specialist in Tolkien and fantasy literature; and Dr Patrick Curry, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter and writer on Tolkien. The session will be chaired by Dr Stuart Lee, lecturer in English at the University of Oxford and editor of A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien (2014).
The discussion will be followed by drinks in Blackwell Hall, 6-7pm.
Click here to see the talk handout on 'Tolkien's Oxford: Books, Beer, and Beowulf,' by Professor Andy Orchard.
The event is open to all and free to attend.
Image © The Tolkien Trust 1992