Session Title

Tolkien and Se Wyrm

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Tolkien at Kalamazoo

Organizer Name

Christopher Vaccaro

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Vermont

Presider Name

Yvette Kisor

Presider Affiliation

Ramapo College

Paper Title 1

A Womb of One's Own: The Power of Feminine Spaces over the Mythical Phallus

Presenter 1 Name

Annie Brust

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Kent State Univ.

Paper Title 2

Signum Draco Magno Scilicet, or, Earendel and the Dragons: Heavenly Warfare in Medieval European and Tolkienian Annals

Presenter 2 Name

Kristine Larsen

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Central Connecticut State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Of Serpents and Sin

Presenter 3 Name

Michael A. Wodzak

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Viterbo Univ.

Start Date

9-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 208

Description

Tolkien admits to being influenced by the dragons of Beowulfand the Volsungasaga. In those medieval epic texts, the dragon is monstrous but somewhat uncanny and familiar to human kind; distinctions are blurred. Something similar happens in Tolkien’s fictions, presenting exciting new considerations on the subject of monstrosity. Papers could explore the interdisciplinary relationships between the dragons of medieval legend and those of Middle-earth. Christopher Vaccaro

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May 9th, 10:00 AM

Tolkien and Se Wyrm

Bernhard 208

Tolkien admits to being influenced by the dragons of Beowulfand the Volsungasaga. In those medieval epic texts, the dragon is monstrous but somewhat uncanny and familiar to human kind; distinctions are blurred. Something similar happens in Tolkien’s fictions, presenting exciting new considerations on the subject of monstrosity. Papers could explore the interdisciplinary relationships between the dragons of medieval legend and those of Middle-earth. Christopher Vaccaro