Tolkien in Vermont

Medieval Verse Narratives

12th Annual Tolkien in Vermont Conference

April 10 – 11, 2015


Friday, April 10th, 2015

Lafayette Hall L207: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday evening Tolkien fireside readings 2015

Organized and hosted by The Tolkien Club of UVM

Come read, recite, or sing your favorite verse or prose passages!


Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Lafayette Hall L207: 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

J.R.R. Tolkien: Performance Artist and Modern Medievalist

Gerry Blair • independent scholar

Verses and Prose: Medieval Narrative, Nineteenth Century Medievalism, and Tolkien

Jamie Williamson • Senior Lecturer of English • University of Vermont

Modern Fantasy’s Roots in Medieval Verse

Andrew Liptak • independent scholar/Norwich University

Guinevere, Grimhild, and the Corrigan: Witches and Bitches in Tolkien’s Medieval Narrative Verse; or, Good Girls Don’t Use Magic (Except if You’re Galadriel, but Elf Magic is Different, and Who Ever Said Galadriel Was a Good Girl?)

Dr. Kristine Larsen • Professor of Physics and Astronomy • Central Connecticut State University

A Brief Exploration of Tolkien’s Alliterative Verse and Echoes of The Fall of Arthur Heard in Middle-earth

Andrew Peterson • independent scholar

Dyrne langað: Secret Longing in Beowulf and The Lord of the Rings

Dr. Chris Vaccaro • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont

Scholarship as Art, Art as Scholarship: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf

Dr. Michael Drout • Professor • Wheaton College

Poetic Time-Travel in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm’s Son

Anna Smol • Professor • Mount Saint Vincent University

Beowulf and Thorin as Ancestral Heroes: Their Choices, and the Dragons They Face

Cheryl Hunter • Lecturer • Southern New Hampshire University

Undergraduate Voices


Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Location TBA

Sunday Springle-ring 2015

Organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM