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Tolkien at Kalamazoo 2014
8 - 11 May 2014
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Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Michigan will be hosting the “Tolkien @ Kalamazoo” sessions on ‘Tolkien and His Medieval Sources’, ‘Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur‘ and ‘Tolkien’s Natural World and Science’.

Notable Tolkien scholars speaking at the event include Douglas A. Anderson, Dimitra Fimi, Andrew Higgins, Kristine Larsen and John D. Rateliff.

Full Schedule of Tolkien Sessions

Thursday 8th May, 10am

Session 38, Bernhard 208
Tolkien and His Medieval Sources
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso University
Presider: Edward Risden, St. Norbert College
Tolkien Grammaticus: The Influence of the Gesta Danorum on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Leigh Smith, East Stroudsburg University
Approaching “Se Uncuthaholm”: Tolkien’s Early Study of Anglo-Saxon Poetry and Prose as a Source for the Invention of Ottor Waefre
Andrew Higgins, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Creative Corrections: Tolkien’s Response to Beorhtnoth’s Ofermod
Colin Pajda, St. Louis University
Tolkien’s Man in the Moon and Medieval Complaint Literature
Brad Eden, Valparaiso University
Hrolfr Kraki in Tolkien’s Middle-earth
Brent Landon Johnson, Mythgard Institute/Signum University

Thursday 8th May 8th, 1.30pm

Session 83, Bernhard 208
Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso University
Presider: Brad Eden, Valparaiso University
“That seems fatal to me”: Pagan and Christian in The Fall of Arthur
John D. Rateliff, independent scholar
Mapping the Grammatical Margins of Middle-earth: How the Geography of The Fall of Arthur fits in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M University–Commerce
“Double-Hearted”: Psychomachia in The Fall of Arthur
John R. Holmes, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Tides of Time in The Fall of Arthur
Robert Tredray, independent scholar
Where Is Avalon? Tolkien’s Otherworld in the West and The Fall of Arthur
Dimitra Fimi, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Thursday 8th May, 3.30pm

Session 134, Bernhard 208
Tolkien’s Natural World and Science
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso University
Presider: Anna Smol, Mount St. Vincent University
The (Nearly) Discarded Image: Tolkien’s Later Tinkerings with His Medieval Cosmology
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State University
You Must Remember This: Time Dilation in Middle-earth
Michael Wodzak, Viterbo University
Litany of the Ents: Treebeard’s Priesthood and the Sacred Nature of Tolkien’s Natural World
Victoria Holtz Wodzak, Viterbo University

Friday, 9th May 9th 6.30pm

Tales after Tolkien Society
Business Meeting

Friday 9th May, 7pm

Tolkien Unbound (Performances)
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Brad Eden, Valparaiso Univervsity
Presider: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M University–Commerce
Maidens of Middle-earth IV
Eileen Marie Moore, Cleveland State University
A Dramatic Reading of Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur
John D. Rateliff, independent scholar; Thom Foy, University of Michigan–Dearborn; John Houghton, independent scholar; and Brad Eden
Songs for the Philologists
Douglas A. Anderson, independent scholar; Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College; Jewell Morow, independent scholar; Deidre Dawson, Michigan State University; Merlin DeTardo, independent scholar; and Brad Eden, Valparaiso University.

Saturday 10th May, 12noon

Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Business Meeting

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