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Mark Atherton to be guest of honour at Annual Dinner

Dr Mark Atherton, author of There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit,  will be the guest speaker at The Tolkien Society’s Annual Dinner on Saturday 22 April 2017.

The Annual Dinner takes place during the Springmoot and AGM weekend, held this year at the Warwick Arms Hotel in Warwick between Friday 21 April and Sunday 23 April 2016.

Mark Atherton joins a long line of distinguished guests of honour, including Priscilla and Michael Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, Tom Shippey, and Alan Lee.

About the speaker

Dr Mark Atherton is a lecturer in English language and medieval English literature at Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

He is the author of There and Back Again: J.R.R.Tolkien and the Origins of The Hobbit, which covers the literary and linguistic interests of J.R.R. Tolkien and their influence on his fictional writings, and has contributed a chapter on “Tolkien and Old English” to A Tolkien Companion edited by Stuart Lee.

Mark is currently working on The Making of England: A New History of the Anglo-Saxon World and The Battle of Maldon: War and Peace in Anglo-Saxon England. A completely revised edition of his popular Teach Yourself Old English (Anglo-Saxon) is planned for early 2018.


Book now for the Annual Dinner – only a limited number of places are available.

The dinner costs £27.95 per person.

For all booking queries, please contact the Bookings Officer, Francesca Barbini, directly.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque or bank transfer, download the PDF booking form.

Bookings close on Wednesday 12 April.

About the Author: Daniel Helen
Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society's digital operations, including this website.