Friday, April 13th

7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill

Open mic & fireside reading


Come read, recite, or sing your favorite verse or prose passages!
— organized and hosted by the Tolkien Club of UVM

Saturday, April 14th


In Waterman Building Memorial Lounge

Session 1: Undergraduate Voices


Members of Chris Vaccaro’s Tolkien-related classes

Session 2


Forth Eorlingas: Horses and ponies in The Lord of the Rings

— Martha Monsson · independent scholar

The many faces of trolls in Middle-earth

— Andrew C. Peterson · Harvard ’14

From goblins to the Valraukar: Scourges of fire and demons of terror

Dr. Matt Dickerson · professor · Middlebury College

Lunch break

Session 3


What to do with Tolkien’s Orcs

— (roundtable discussion)



Tolkien’s non-allegorical bestiary

Dr. Jonathan Evans • associate professor · University of Georgia

Session 4


Manwë’s messengers: The role of eagles in Middle-earth

— Ray Saxon · Marlboro College ’14

Mammoths, Mûmakil, and ‘the old fireside rhyme of Oliphaunt’: Tolkien’s contributions to the Medieval bestiary tradition

— Dr. Marc Zender · visiting assistant professor · Tulane University

Session 5


A creature of an older world: Tolkien and the mythology of the prehistoric

— Dr. Kristine Larsen · professor · Central Connecticut State University

A boy and his dog

Gerry Blair · independent scholar

Tolkien and the codification of non-human beings

James Williamson · senior lecturer · University of Vermont


Sunday, April 15th

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.