IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 221: J. R. R. Tolkien as a Medievalist

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Seminar für Englische Philologie, Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz
Organiser:Rainer Nagel, Department of English & Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra Velten, Seminar für Englische Philologie, Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz
Paper 221-aWords that Might Have Been: Fictitious Word-Formation from Medieval Sources
(Language: English)
Rainer Nagel, Department of English & Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 221-bTolkien and the Teutons
(Language: English)
Thomas Honegger, Institut für Anglistik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 221-cTolkien's Rohirrim: Anglo-Saxons, Norsemen, or Something Else Entirely
(Language: English)
Alexandra Velten, Seminar für Englische Philologie, Johannes-Gutenberg Universität, Mainz
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

With all the hype about the Lord of the Rings films, the fact that J. R. R. Tolkien was one of the most eminent mediaevalists of his time is often overlooked in favour of his literary works. The session is intended to blend these two issues by showing just how Tolkien’s work as a mediaevalist shaped the rest of his publications, be it on the lexical level (1st paper), the recurring to medieval proverbs and gnomic lore (2nd paper), or the extrapolation of historical and cultural lore (3rd paper). Tolkien sometimes speculative use of medieval sources opens up new avenues in mediaeval research.