Hull University Tolkien Centenary Day
21 October 2017
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Dennison Centre, University of Hull

The Dennison Centre at the University of Hull will be hosting a day of talks and historical reconstructions to commemorate the time spent in 1917 by J.R.R. Tolkien at what was then the Brooklands Military Hospital during World War I.

Tolkien was staying nearby at Thirtle Bridge, Roos, recovering from trench fever, but spent two periods of convalescence at Brooklands. The local landscape inspired the setting for his tale of Berien and Luthien.

The Tolkien Day (free of charge) will be based around the theme of Tolkien and the Great War, and include talks (in the morning) by Michael Flowers and Tom Shippey. There will also be a first aid re-enactment, some projected images of WWI hospitals, a music soundscape, book stall, list of nursing staff at the hospital, and the opportunity to learn some words of elvish.

Light refreshments will be available.

Opening Hours: 10.00-3.30

Cost: free of charge, all welcome


  • Michael Flowers: 10.15
  • Professor Tom Shippey: 11.30

The Dennison Centre is on Cottingham Road, opposite the University of Hull.

Enquiries to Professor Valerie Sanders: