Conference Update: New Speakers, The Minstrel & The Scholar Performance


We are very excited to bring you updated news concerning the first live performance of The Lonely Mountain Band and two new guest speakers. The Lonely Mountain Band first Live Performance is now entitled: “The Minstrel and The Scholar: A Sub-Creative Song”and now includes “The Tolkien Professor,” Dr. Corey Olsen. All the program details are below with news of another wonderful addition to our guest speaker list, Dr. Deborah Higgens.

Dr. Corey Olsen

The Lonely Mountain Band & Dr. Corey Olsen are pleased to announce that they will be collaborating on a performance to be delivered at the New York City Tolkien Conference on June 13th, 2015, hosted at Baruch College.

Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium through word and song,  “The Minstrel & The Scholar: A Sub-Creative Song” will combine music performed live by the Lonely Mountain Band with readings and lecture by Dr. Corey Olsen.  This unique and intimate presentation will let the conference attendees experience and celebrate portions of Tolkien’s lore through a vibrant blend of spoken word and music, hearkening back to the role of the the storyteller and minstrels of old.

The music of the Lonely Mountain Band combines elements of traditional Celtic and various folk elements all inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Dr. Corey Olsen, also known as “The Tolkien Professor” is a popular podcaster,  the author of Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and is the founder of the Mythgard Institute; which focuses on Tolkien Studies, fantasy literature and related fields.

We will have additional program details concerning Dr. Olsen very soon.

Additionally, we are very honored to welcome Dr. Deborah Higgens to our Guest Speaker list.

Dr. Higgens at The Kilns

Dr. Deborah Higgens is Advisor to the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at “The Kilns,” the former home of C.S. Lewis, located in Oxford, England. She is known by her students as a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature and the works of C.S. Lewis; however, she is renowned by her most diligent students for taking them to the local Renaissance festival, examining medieval weaponry such as long bows and hand-crafted swords, and sharing stories of her favourite sport, falconry. Dr. Higgens also enjoys traveling, and has lived across the world in such places as Germany, Turkey, and Costa Rica, before venturing over to her now beloved England.

Dr. Higgens is the author of Anglo-Saxon Community in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings published by Oloris Publishing and will be presenting “Seizing of the Mithril-Mail:  The Elegiac and Eucatastrophic from Beowulf into The Lord of the Rings.”

The New York Tolkien Conference would like to thank John DiBartolo, our Minstrel Guest of Honor, for helping broaden our program with these details, and for Dr. Olsen, Dr. Higgens and the Mythgard Institute for choosing to join us.

We will be releasing the full program schedule very soon so stay tuned!

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