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Programme announced for The Tolkien Society Seminar 2017
The speakers and chair at the Seminar last year

The programme for The Tolkien Society Seminar 2017 – due to be held on Sunday 2 July at the Hilton Leeds City – has been announced.

About the Seminar

The Tolkien Society Seminar 2017 is a full-day of academic of talks and panel discussions on the theme of Poetry and Song in Tolkien’s works. It comes in the wake of the recent publication of the poetical Lay of Aotrou and Itroun and forthcoming Beren and Lúthien.

The date of the Seminar has been chosen to coincide with the Leeds International Medieval Congress, which runs 3–6 July. This year the IMC features an unprecedented number of talks and panels on Tolkien. For further information, please visit the IMC 2017 website.


Name Title
Brad Eden The scholar as minstrel: Music as a conscious/subconscious theme in Tolkien’s poetry
Michaela Hausmann Lyrics on Lost Lands – Constructing Lost Places through Poetry in J. R. R. Tolkien’s
The Lord of the Rings
Andrew Higgins Poetry and Language Invention: The Interconnected Nature of Tolkien’s The Qenya Lexicon and His Early Poetry
Penelope Holdaway Fair and Perilous: The Women of Tolkien’s non-Middle-earth Lays and Legends
Bertrand Bellet
Aurelie Bremont
Dimitra Fimi
Tolkien and Breton poetry:  What layers lie behind Tolkien’s lays?
Stuart Lee Tolkien and The Battle of Maldon
Kristine Larsen “Diadem the Fallen Day”: Astronomical and Arboreal Motifs in the Poem “Kortirion Among the Trees”
Szymon Pindur The magical and reality-transforming function of Tolkien’s songs and verse creations
Irina Metzler Singing the World into Being: The Creative Power of Song in Tolkien’s Legendarium and Real-World Mythology
Massimiliano Izzo In search of the Wandering Fire: otherworldly imagery in The Song of Ælfwine
Anna Smol Seers and Singers: Sub-creative Collaborators in Tolkien’s fiction

An informal innmoot – a visit to a local pub – will be held on the Saturday evening from 18:00 at the Scarborough Hotel.

The Seminar itself will begin with registration from 9:00 on the Sunday morning, and the first paper will commence at 9:30. The day will come to a close at around 17:00.


Bookings can be made online. Registration costs £25 for members and £30 for non-members.

Registration includes refreshments throughout the day, catered breaks and sandwiches for lunch.

By booking for the Seminar you agree to the events terms and conditions.

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.