Tolkien in Vermont

Romances in Middle-earth

14th Annual Tolkien in Vermont Conference

April 8, 2017

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Lafayette Hall L207: 8:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Organizers of the Tolkien in Vermont conference are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference. We welcome papers on every topic, but will give priority to those addressing the theme.

Tolkien wrote that he had the romances of William Morris in mind when writing The Lord of the Rings. We also know he was inspired by the Arthurian romances of England, Wales, and France. Tolkien’s own interlacing narrative style is very much derived from this medieval genre (while also anticipating the Post-modern). Additionally, Tolkien wrote of numerous romances of great intensity and poignancy within his narrative framework. Papers might consider these within the context of miscegenation, gender fluidity, or the homo-erotic, or they might explore other areas of interest.

Please submit abstracts by the February 1st deadline to Christopher Vaccaro at

  • Registration fee: $25; $15 for students; no charge for UVM students.

  • Schedule/program will be available by late February.

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