State of the 2019 Conference: December 2018 Edition

Hullo Travelers of Middle-earth,

Our last major Conference update posted on September 20th, 2018 (READ HERE) which consisted of Guest Speakers and initial programs for the March 17th 2019 NY Tolkien Conference. This announcement included information concerning the Tolkien events at The Morgan Library and Museum. Since this announcement you may have noticed on our social media pages our Conference image for 2019.  This image was illustrated by Luke Spooner of Carrion House, and you can read more of his work by clicking here

Today’s Announcement includes news of:
New Conference Logo, 2019 Tolkien Events at The Morgan Libary and updates to the 2019 NY Tolkien Conference Program and news of a survey for Tolkien Scholar & 2019 Guest Speaker Robin Reid.

Our official 2019 Conference image:

As you know The Morgan will be host to the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Exhibition January 25th, 2019 through May 12, 2019.

The Morgan Library and Museum announced program details for their 4 scheduled Tolkien events during the run of the exhibition.

The Shores of Faery, MS. Tolkien Drawings 87, fol. 22r
© The Tolkien Trust 1995


January 31st, 2019
Tolkien and the Visual Image
Presented by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull

February 1st and April 12th 2019
Gallery Talk
Presented by John T. McQuillen, Associate Curator of Printed Books & Bindings


March 16th, 2019
Day 1 Of Tolkien Weekend 2019
Tolkien and Inspiration:
A Multidisciplinary Symposium

“Explore multiple facets of Tolkien’s inspirations in his writing as well as how his work impacts readers in personal and unexpected ways today. Presented in partnership with the NY Tolkien Conference & Fellowship, speakers include Nicholas Birns, Adjunct Instructor at New York University; Leslie Donovan, Chair, Honors College, University of New Mexico; Kristine Larsen, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Central Connecticut State University; and Chris Vaccaro, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature at The University of Vermont with a keynote presentation by John Garth, Tolkien scholar and author of Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth.”

The exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth will be open at 1 PM for program attendees.

Tickets: $15; free for Morgan Members and students with a valid ID.
Tickets will be available online on January 15th, 2019.

DAY 2 of Tolkien Weekend 2019
March 17th 2019

New York Tolkien Conference:
Celebrating Creativity and the Imagination

12 Speakers
Visit our Guest Speaker Page to Learn More

Paper and Panel Topics are currently being submitted by our Guests.
We have constructed a “Programs” Page, which has an initial list of programs and shall be updated regularly
Visit our Programs Page Here To Learn More
Registration for the 2019 NY Tolkien Conference will be posted on or around January 15th, 2019

We would like to have free admission for all.  In order to make this happen please consider supporting our endeavors. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

With these programs and fan related gatherings in between, it appears NYC in 2019 will be one huge hobbit party for several months. Marcel, The Tolkienist, said on Twitter “This is going to be one amazing Extravaganza :)”

There may be one other update before the end of 2018, but stay tuned to our social media pages cited below, and be sure to sign up here for the Morgan’s email list to receive updates about the Tolkien exhibition and upcoming programming.

Social Media Feeds for The Morgan Library and Museum and The New York Tolkien Conference for announcements concerning #TolkienNYC2019

NY Tolkien Conference

The Morgan Library & Museum

Facebook Page:
The Morgan Library and Museum

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Facebook Group:
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Tolkien Reader Survey:
From Robin Reid

Hello: I am a professor of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) who is doing a research project. The project asks how readers of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium who are at last eighteen years old and who are atheists, agnostics, animists, or part of New Age movements interpret his work in the context of the common assumption that Tolkien’s Catholic beliefs must play a part in what readers see as the meaning of his fiction.

I have created a short survey which consists of ten open-ended questions about your religious and/or spiritual background, your experiences of Tolkien’s work, and your ideas about the relationship between religious beliefs and interpreting his work. It will take anywhere from thirty minutes to several hours to complete the survey, depending on how much you write in response to the questions.

The survey is uploaded to my personal account at Survey Monkey: only I will have access to the responses. My research proposal has been approved by the TAMUC Institutional Review Board (contact information provided below).

If you are eighteen years or older, and are an atheist, agnostic, animist, or part of a New Age movement that emphasizes spirituality but not a creator figure, you are invited to go to my academic blog to see my Informed Consent Letter for information about the project, including how your anonymity and privacy will be protected. The link to the survey is placed at the end of the Letter of Consent:

The survey will be open from November 21, 2018-January 31, 2019, closing at 11:30 PM GMT-0500 Central Daylight Time.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study or if any problems arise, please contact the researcher at

Robin Anne Reid
Department of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights in this research study, please contact the IRB Chair at:

Dr. Tara Tietjen-Smith
Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Department of Health & Human Performance
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
(903) – 886 – 5545


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