Our Winter/Spring 2018 Event Calendar:
Wednesday January 3rd, 2018
Tolkien Birthday Toast: To the Professor!
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
7pm to 9pm.
Hauser and Wirth Gallery
(Not a NY Tolkien Conference event)
548 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
Further Details TBA
J.R.R Tolkien and the Related functions of language and mythology.
Presented by Jessica Burke
For Tolkien, the construction of language bred a mythology, which we know today as Middle-earth with its historical tales of Rings, Hobbits, Elves, Wizards & Dwarves. What did he mean when Tolkien said, “to give your language an individual flavour, it must have woven into it the threads of an individual mythology”? How did Middle-earth come to life via languages of his Secondary World? This talk shall explore the languages of Middle-earth, the cultures that speak them, the effect language has within the world and stories, and their place within our modern world.
Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Tolkien Reading Day
(Date tentative for our event, not global event)
Where: Baruch College
Further Details: TBA
A Great Burden Without Guidance: The Six Mortal Ringbearers
Presented by: Nicholas Birns
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.