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Oxonmoot Talks & Papers Programme Announced

We are delighted to announce the speakers for the Talks and Papers programme at Oxonmoot 2022.

Oxonmoot is an annual event hosted by The Tolkien Society which brings together Tolkien fans, scholars, students and Society members from across the world. Oxonmoot 2022 is being held over four days, from the afternoon of Thursday 1st September until lunch time on Sunday 4th September. Like in 2021, this will be a hybrid event bringing together online delegates with those attending in person at St Anne’s College, Oxford.

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The Talks and Papers are always an eclectic mixture covering all aspects of matters Tolkien, but this year’s promises to be as diverse and exciting as we have ever had. The programme combines in person and online presentations, and can be enjoyed whether you join us in Oxford or as an Online delegate.

The Talks and Papers will be complemented by a wide range of other Activities and Events which will be announced as they are confirmed.

Talks & Papers:

  • Nils Ivar Agøy – Tolkien and Old Norse – for Dummies
  • José Anido Rodríguez – In a hole in the ground there lived a reader: the beginning of The Hobbit and its readings
  • Marcel Aubron-Bülles – “No time for that either!”: Thoughts and reflections on adventures, adaptations, and turning fifty at Oxonmoot
  • Marie Bretagnolle – A Princess illustrates The Lord of the Rings: Ingahild Grathmer, Eric Fraser and the Folio Society
  • Sara Brown – Remembering and Forgetting: National identity construction in Tolkien’s Middle-earth
  • Paul Bryant-Quinn – A possible Welsh source for the name Arwen
  • Journee Cotton – An Environmental Bioethical Approach to Ageing Bodies of Middle-earth
  • David Doughan – Reading Tolkien in the 1950s
  • Tom Emanuel – An Aspirational Cultus? Reading Tolkien fandom as secondary faith community
  • Ali Ghaderi – The Three Faces of a Wizard: A note on the creation of Gandalf
  • Stephen Gores – Tolkien, Susanna Clarke, the All Father and their Ravens
  • Kathrin Heierli – A Lost Poem from Middle-earth
  • Mackenzie Hilton – From Δίκη to Tom Bombadil: Tolkien’s portrayal of justice in The Lord of the Rings
  • Jay Johnstone – Capturing Tolkien in Illustration – so what’s all the fuss about…
  • Kristine Larsen – Moons, Maths, and Middle-earth: Misconceptions about Tolkien’s scientific and mathematical prowess
  • Samuel Masters – Dreaming of Bag End: The Hobbit and medieval dream-poetry
  • Doreen Mathis – A Discussion on Generational Trauma within the Tolkien Legendarium and beyond: A study of the House of Finwë and House of Plantagenet – Part 1
  • Maria Matsakis – “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother”: Masculinity within Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
  • Ana María Méndez García – House-Museum Tolkien
  • Jose Maria Miranda Boto – “As long as you want to be”: Some remarks about the Shire’s electoral system.
  • James Moffett – Ruined Castles and Vampiric Villains: The liminal Gothic in Tolkien’s tale of Beren and Lúthien
  • Mercury Natis – Partners in Making and Delight: Tolkien and Camp, an exploration of sensibility
  • Christina Nguyen – Towards Tolkien research with computational literary analysis
  • Minna Nizam – Tolkien’s Influence in the World of Animation
  • Ross Nunamaker – Neithan, the Wronged: An approach to better understanding Turin
  • Marilyn R. Pukkila – From Goth Persephone to Lady of Sorrows: The evolving nature of Nienna
  • Rory Queripel – Columbus in Middle-earth: the origin story of Westmansweed
  • Sultana Raza – Excavating Middle-earth’s Second Age Architecture through Alan Lee’s Illustrations
  • Robin Reid – J. R. R. Tolkien, Culture Warrior: The Alt-Right Religious Crusade’s appropriation of “Tolkien”
  • Pablo Ruiz-Múzquiz – Archery in Middle-earth: a comparative study
  • Will Sherwood – “I want to see mountains again, Gandalf – mountains”: Romantic mountaineering in Middle-earth
  • Murray Smith – The Worming-Dives and Molotov-Ribbentrop Pacts
  • Christian S. Trenk – “All’s well that begins better”: Comparing narrative openings of The Lord of the Rings and its adaptations
  • Chris Trwoga – Adventures in Tolkien’s Library – exploring the literary works of William Morris
  • Elizabeth Turello – Unmovable Mountains: The symbolic war between good and evil
  • Michael Urick – Fellowships and Motivation: How interpersonal dynamics relate to quest success in Middle-earth
  • Ross Nunamaker and Michael Urick – Decision-making and Negative Influences: Analyzing Théoden, Denethor, Thorin, and Turin through Social Sciences theories
  • Jessica Yates – Tolkien’s Lost Lecture on Hamlet, Reconstructed
  • Maria Zielenbach – Colors, as seen by Tolkien

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About the Author: Mike Percival
Mike joined the Tolkien Society in 1983. He has previously held the posts of Amon Hen Editor and Treasurer, and has been involved in Oxonmoot since 1985. He is currently co-chair (with Elena Davison) of Oxonmoot, and a member of the Bursary Sub-Committee.