Session Title

Medieval World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Fantasy Research Hub, School of Critical Studies, Univ. of Glasgow

Organizer Name

Dimitra Fimi; Kristine A. Swank

Organizer Affiliation

Fantasy Research Hub, School of Critical Studies, Univ. of Glasgow; Univ. of Glasgow

Presider Name

Kristine A. Swank

Paper Title 1

Tolkien, Robin Hood, and the Matter of the Greenwood

Presenter 1 Name

Perry Neil Harrison

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Fort Hays State Univ.

Paper Title 2

Valinor in America: Faerian Drama and the Disenchantment of Middle-earth

Presenter 2 Name

John D. Rateliff

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 3

Tolkien's Golden Trees and Silver Leaves: Do Writers Build the Same World for Every Reader

Presenter 3 Name

Luke Shelton

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Glasgow

Paper Title 4

Infinity War of the Ring: Parallels between the Conflict within Sauron and Thanos

Presenter 4 Name

Jeremy Byrum

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

7-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 209

Description

"Medieval World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies"-- This paper session engages with Tolkien’s lifelong world-building project, Middle-earth, as well as its medieval precursors in Robin Hood and the Greenwood, and the Vikings in early America, and its modern legacy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The recent volume Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works, its Precursors, and Legacies (2019), edited by D. Fimi and T. Honegger, examines the importance of invented story-worlds as spaces for primary-world social commentary, or as means for visualizing times and places not accessible to the reader. Tolkien was one of the foremost proponents of literary world-building, what he called “sub-creation.” His Middle-earth has had unrivaled influence on subsequent world-building efforts. Yet, Tolkien’s own sub-creations were born from medieval story-worlds such as Beowulf, Kalevala, Volsungasaga, and others. This session offers papers from multiple theoretical perspectives on the emergent, interdisciplinary field of World-Building. -- Dr. Dimitra Fimi and Kristine A Swank, University of Glasgow, organizers.

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May 7th, 10:00 AM

Medieval World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies

Bernhard 209

"Medieval World-Building: Tolkien, His Precursors and Legacies"-- This paper session engages with Tolkien’s lifelong world-building project, Middle-earth, as well as its medieval precursors in Robin Hood and the Greenwood, and the Vikings in early America, and its modern legacy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The recent volume Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Works, its Precursors, and Legacies (2019), edited by D. Fimi and T. Honegger, examines the importance of invented story-worlds as spaces for primary-world social commentary, or as means for visualizing times and places not accessible to the reader. Tolkien was one of the foremost proponents of literary world-building, what he called “sub-creation.” His Middle-earth has had unrivaled influence on subsequent world-building efforts. Yet, Tolkien’s own sub-creations were born from medieval story-worlds such as Beowulf, Kalevala, Volsungasaga, and others. This session offers papers from multiple theoretical perspectives on the emergent, interdisciplinary field of World-Building. -- Dr. Dimitra Fimi and Kristine A Swank, University of Glasgow, organizers.