Here you can find the programme for Tolkien among Scholars (18 June 2016).
The conference starts with a keynote lecture by prof. dr. Paul J. Smith (Leiden University) entitled “French Connections in Middle Earth”, which discusses the presence of French language and literature in Tolkien’s fictional narratives. What follows are fifteen presentations in parallels sessions. The topics of these presentations range from the cosmology of Middle-Earth to the influences on Tolkien from the Old Norse Poetic Edda, the Finnish Kalevala and various Anglo-Saxon sources, and discuss various aspects, such as hospitality, anarchy, philology and mythology. The conference concludes with its second keynote lecture “Heroic Scholars - Scholarly Heroes” by the renowned Tolkien scholar prof. dr. Thomas M. Honegger (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena). Honegger will explore how Tolkien’s scholarly work on medieval texts as well as his writing of fiction both reflect his preoccupation with questions of heroism and the legitimisation of heroic violence.
For the full programme and a programme with all the abstracts, see the PDF files below.