Here’s the schedule for this weekend’s Tolkien conference at UVM


UVM’s Tolkien in Vermont Conference has posted its schedule for this weekend’s event, which will take place in the University’s Waterman building. Registration for the event is $25 ​​for ​​the ​​general ​​public; ​​$15 ​​for ​​Vermont ​​residents; ​​free ​​for ​​students ​​at ​​the ​​University ​​of ​​Vermont. ​​

☼ Friday, April 6th, 2018

Interview and Q&A with keynote speaker, Dr. Andrew Higgins

Friday evening Tolkien fireside readings 2018


☼ Saturday, April 7th, 2018

8:00 – 8:30: Continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:45: Session #1

  • ‘There he came walking into the woods of Ithilien’: Robert Quilter Gilson and the foundation of Tolkien’s scholar-soldier
    • Sian J. Pehrsson • Geological Survey of Canada
  • Tolkien’s auctorial finesse with word hoards, archaisms, and the depths of time
    • Gerry Blair • independent scholar
  • Tolkien and Anglo-Saxon
    • Leslie Stratyner • Mississippi University for Women

9:45 – 11:00: Session #2: UVM undergraduates

  • So beautiful, it’s scary: Tolkien, the romantics, and the sublime
    • Matt Gattulo • English ’21
  • Theodicy in Middle-earth
    • Lucas Hilker • Political Science ’18
  • A finger’s difference: The wise and the fools
    • Peter Larsen • Mathematics ’19
  • Environmental holocaust: Environmentalism in Tolkien’s legendarium
    • Dan Poll • Philosophy ’19

11:00 – 12:15: Session #3

  • Wilwarin, Darwin’s moths, Elachista Finarfinella, Mirkwoodian Black Emperors, and Edith Bratt’s mottephobia: Moths and butterflies in Middle-earth
    • Dr. Kristine Larsen • Professor of Physics and Astronomy • Central Connecticut State University
  • Mapping Mordor: Normalizing Tolkien’s maps as the first step in examining his worldbuilding method of construction-by-revision; or, Yet further confirmation (as if we needed it) that Tolkien had no master plan, did not “first make a map and make the narrative agree,” and, in fact, never did produce a map that exactly portrays what’s described in The Lord of the Rings
  • Tolkien, archaism, and translation practices c. 1900 – 1960s

12:15 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:15: Keynote address

  • Dr. Andrew Higgins • PhD ’15 • Metropolitan University, Cardiff

2:15 – 2:20: Coffee & tea break

2:20 – 3:50: Session #4

  • Of Elbereth, Elvish greetings, and Ëarendil’s star: Etymology, linguistic esthetic, and mythopoeia in The Lord of the Rings
    • Dr. Marc Zender • Assistant Professor • Tulane University
  • Finding footing in a forest of fins: Name etymology as a characterization technique of the Finwëan Noldor
    • Dawn M. Walls-Thumma • Coventry Village School
  • Subtle seeds: A look at the hyphenated words of The Hobbit
    • Sparrow Alden • Preceptor and student advisor • Signum University
  • Black speech, the Mouth of Sauron, and the acousmatic voice in the Lord of the Ringsand Hobbit films
    • Jeffrey Bullins • Assistant Professor of Communications • SUNY Plattsburgh

3:50 – 5:00: Session #5

  • The language of light: Traversing female landscapes in Middle-earth
    • Annie Brust • Kent State University
  • Tolkien’s English mythology: Beorn and the veteran’s liminal identity
    • Marcy Nardi • Simon Fraser Univerity
  • Riddles and laughter: Powers for good in Tolkien’s Middle-earth
    • Ian Gauthier • Children’s Librarian • Aldrich Public Library

Following the event, The Groennfall Meadery will be hosting the Tolkien Party at the Mead Hall, for those wanting to continue to revel in Tolkien’s world.