The Tolkien Society Seminar 2017
2 July 2017
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The speakers and chair at the Seminar last year

The Tolkien Society Seminar 2017 will be held on 2 July in Leeds at the Hilton Leeds City.

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About the Seminar

Blessed are the legend-makers with their rhyme

Of things not found within recorded time

J.R.R. Tolkien, Mythopoeia

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 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.

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The Venue

Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4BX

The hotel is roughly three minutes from Leeds train station. Leave the station via the main exit near Marks and Spencers. Cross the road via the pedestrian crossing and go down the staircase to the right of the taxi rank. At the bottom of the stairs take a right and continue along the road and under the recently refurbished railway bridge. Hilton Leeds City is located approximately 200m on the right.