IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1536: Borders in Tolkien's Medievalism, I

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Brighton
Moderator/Chair:Kristine Larsen, Department of Geological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University
Paper 1536-aThe Liminality of Tolkien's Non-Human Species
(Language: English)
Andrzej Wicher, Zakład Dramatu i Dawnej Literatury Angielskiej, Uniwersytet Łódzki
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1536-bUndead or Undying: Limits of Immortality in Tolkien's Work
(Language: English)
Gaëlle Abaléa, Centre d'Etudes Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA), Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1536-cImplementing the Liminal Space
(Language: English)
Sara Brown, Independent Scholar, Conwy
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1536-dWarrior Maidens, Mounds, and Ancestral Swords in Lord of the Rings and in the Old Norse Hervarar Saga
(Language: English)
Jan Kozák, Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

Tolkien spent most of his lifetime inventing an extended mythology which displays an impressive array of ‘secondary world infrastructures’ (Mark Wolf, Building Imaginary Worlds, Routledge 2012). The richness of his world-building allows scholars to directly address the overall theme of this conference with papers exploring all aspects of borders in Tolkien’s works in their broadest sense; including explorations of geographical, conceptual, political and linguistic borders in Tolkien’s secondary world as well as the role and impact of borders on the peoples and cultures of Tolkien’s world-building and in his other creative and academic explorations.