A Secret Vice: 85 Years On
29 November 2016
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Pembroke College, Oxford

Following the publication of A Secret Vice earlier this year, Pembroke College is hosting a free event with the editors Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins on the 85th anniversary of the original lecture.

The event, with the editors, will be held at the Mary Eccles Room at Pembroke College at 19.00 – 20.30 on Tuesday 29th November 2016. Fimi and Higgins will discuss the original lecture followed by a Q&A and complimentary drinks with a small display of Tolkienalia. The event is free to attend and you can register to attend via EventBrite. There is also a Facebook event.

The official blurb states:

In 1931, on a cold dark evening in Oxford, J.R.R. Tolkien gave a lecture on the art of language invention and the relation between myth and language to the Samuel Johnson Society at Pembroke College.

In 2016, Tolkien scholars Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins published the first ever critical study of the essay, reproducing it alongside a new essay and drafts from Tolkien’s manuscripts, accompanied by detailed editorial notes and introductory material.

Now, on November 29th – exactly 85 years after the talk was originally given – the editors of this new Tolkien book will be at Pembroke College to discuss Tolkien’s essay and his connections to the college.

The talk and Q+A will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception in Pembroke Middle Common Room, where there will be an opportunity to see a modest collection of Tolkien memorabilia.