February 22, 2018 by Anthony Burdge
One month from tomorrow The New York Tolkien Conference returns with our Tolkien Reading Day/Spring 2018 event. Tolkien Reading Day is celebrated globally on March 25th and has been organized by The Tolkien Society since 2003. As you know The 25th of March is the date of the downfall of the Lord of the Rings (Sauron) and the fall of Barad-dûr. The aim of the event is to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favorite passages.
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The New York Tolkien Conference was originally a single day Conference in 2015 & 2016 and unfortunately was on hiatus for 2017. For 2018 we have changed the format to have smaller events with a single presenter, Q&A and more community involvement.
For Tolkien Reading Day we are aiming to encourage fans to come, enjoy our Guest Presentation, and read your favorite passages.
On Friday, March 23rd 2018 we are honored to host NYU Professor Nicholas Birns who shall be presenting:
A Great Burden Without Guidance: The Six Mortal Ringbearers
The One Ring was made by and meant for Sauron, the malevolent Maia gone rogue. But Sauron’s great defeat at the end of the Second Age, and the ‘accidents’ of history, cause it to be borne by six very different individuals, of very diverse origins, social status, and moral character: the Númenórean king Isildur, the river-halflings Déagol and Sméagol/Gollum, and the Hobbits Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, and Sam Gamgee. On March 25, the ‘anniversary’ of the final relinquishing of the Ring’s great burden, we will compare and discuss the lives and personalities of these six ringbearers as a way to come to grips with Tolkien’s fascination with special items or tokens (Palantiri and Silmarilli as well as the Rings of Power) and how they illuminate his understanding of creativity and possessiveness.
ABOUT: Nicholas Birns first read The Lord of the Rings in the early months of 1975, finishing very near to the memorable day of March 25. He has published on Tolkien in Tolkien Studies,Mythlore, and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is also the author of Understanding Anthony Powell (University of South Carolina Press, 2004), Theory After Theory (Broadview, 2010)Barbarian Memory (Palgrave, 2013), and Contemporary Australian Literature: A World Not Yet Dead (Sydney University Press, 2015), as well as many other books and journal articles. including contributions to Exemplaria, Science-Fiction Studies, Leviathan, Victorians Institute Journal, and Extrapolation. He currently is Associate Professor at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts, New York University.
WHEN: Friday, March 23rd 2018
Baruch College–Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Ave. at 24th St
New York, NY 10010
Doors Open 12pm
Presentation begins: 12:30pm
Q&A after Presentation
Followed by Readings from the work of Tolkien
If you would like read during the event please see our events page on how to register READ MORE