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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 330: Materiality in Tolkien's Medievalism, III

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Dimitra Fimi, Department of Humanities, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Brighton
Paper 330-aTolkien's Elvish and Archaic First Map of Middle-Earth: Lost Connections in Space and Time
(Language: English)
Erik Mueller-Harder, Independent Scholar, Vermont
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 330-bFrom Mushrooms to Man-Flesh: The Cultural Significance of Food in the Material World of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth
(Language: English)
Sara Brown, Independent Scholar, Conwy
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 330-cFrom Finwë's Winged Sun to the 'Wheel of Fire': Tolkien's Heraldic Emblems as Signifiers in the Works of Sergei Iukhimov
(Language: English)
Joel Merriner, Art History, Plymouth University
Index terms: Art History - General, 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.