IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 331: J. R. R. Tolkien: Medieval Roots and Modern Branches

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Dimitra Fimi, Department of Humanities, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Vaccaro, Department of English, University of Vermont
Paper 331-a'Those who cling in queer corners to the forgotten tongues and manners of an elder day': J. R. R. Tolkien, Finns, and Elves
(Language: English)
Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Lewes
Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Lewes
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 331-bJ. R. R. Tolkien and T. H. White: Modern Brits and Old Wizards
(Language: English)
Aurélie Brémont, Centre d'Études Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA), Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Aurélie Brémont, Centre d'Études Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA), Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 331-bStirring the Alembic: Alchemical Resonances in Tolkien's Middle-Earth
(Language: English)
Sara Brown, Department of English, Rydal Penrhos School, Conwy
Sara Brown, Department of English, Rydal Penrhos School, Conwy
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

This session will address the complexities of Tolkien’s modern Middle Ages. Andrew Higgins will explore Tolkien’s appropriation of Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon perceptions of the Finns in his legendarium. Aurélie Brémont will examine parallels between Tolkien’s and T.H. White’s medievalisms. Sara Brown will revisit Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings via the practice, philosophy, and symbolism of alchemy.