Bombadil and Other Middle-earth Mysteries

11th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM

April 11 – 13, 2014

This year’s conference was dedicated to the memory of Martha Monsson, who for many years has come from Colorado with her husband George to contribute insightful papers on the culture, textiles, flora, and fauna of Middle-earth. We shall miss her.

Martha was the subject of a PBS Newshour story last November exploring the lack of access to health care, as well as a brief follow-up after her death.

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Memorial Lounge: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Friday evening open-mic fireside readings 2014

Organized and hosted by The Tolkien Club of UVM

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

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Ira Allen lecture hall, Billings Student Center: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Building Fantastic Worlds: How Tolkien Created the Modern Fantasy Genre

Andrew Liptak • independent scholar

Authorship and the Vita Contemplativa in Tolkien

Dr. Nicholas Birns • Associate Professor • Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

What Then Are These Wood-Woses?

Gerry Blair • independent scholar

Numenor and the ‘Devouring Wave’: Literary, Historical, and Psychological Sources for Tolkien’s Self-described ‘Atlantis Complex’

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

Dragonomics: Smaug and Pollution in Middle-Earth

Richard Fahey • PhD candidate • Notre Dame

Following Saruman

Dr. Chris Vaccaro • Senior Lecturer • University of Vermont


The Ring, Dragon Sickness, and the Arkenstone

Anders Albertsson • University of Vermont ’14


“The Countless Stars of Heaven’s Field”: Scientific Motifs of Middle-earth

Casey Brinkman-Traverse • University of Vermont ’16

The Norse Influences in Tolkien’s Stories

Angus Yates • University of Vermont ’16

Tom Bombadil

Connor Klopfer • University of Vermont ’16


On the Origin of Species: Exploring and Complicating Tolkien’s Orc

Aaron Brunet • University of Vermont ’15

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

John Dewey lounge, in Lafayette


Sunday Springle-ring 2014

Organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM