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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 130: Materiality in Tolkien's Medievalism, I

Monday 1 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Dimitra Fimi, Department of Humanities, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Moderator/Chair:Sara Brown, Independent Scholar, Conwy
Paper 130-aMedieval Automata and J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fall of Gondolin
(Language: English)
Kristine Larsen, Department of Geological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Technology
Paper 130-bTolkien as Letter-Writer
(Language: English)
Deidre Dawson, Independent Scholar, Temple, Texas
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 130-cI glin grandin a Dol Erethrin Airi: An Exploration of Tolkien's 'Heraldic Devices of Tol-Erethrin'
(Language: English)
Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Brighton
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism

This session (one of three) will explore the different material cultures of the peoples of Middle-earth, from monuments, architecture, ruins, and manuscripts, to food, clothing, and other quotidian artefacts. Apart from these 'internal materialities' (i.e. existing within the context/conceit of Tolkien's secondary world and its cultures) papers in these three sessions will also address Tolkien's own creative process and its accompanying 'external materialities' (i.e. external to the secondary world) such as Tolkien's own hand-written/-drawn sketches, drafts, maps, and 'feigned' manuscripts, and their role in the building of his legendarium.