Friday, April 10th

7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Tolkien fireside readings


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

Saturday, April 11th


8:30 – 5:00 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 1: Tolkien and Medieval Verse


J.R.R. Tolkien: Performance artist and modern Medievalist

— Gerry Blair · independent scholar

Verses and prose: Medieval narrative, Nineteenth Century Medievalism, and Tolkien

James Williamson · senior lecturer · University of Vermont

Modern fantasy’s roots in Medieval verse

Andrew Liptak · independent scholar/Norwich University

Session 2: Arthurian echoes


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 · 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

Session 3: Tolkien and Beowulf


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

Session 3 (continued): Tolkien & Beowulf


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

Session 4: Undergraduate Voices

Sunday, April 12th

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Springle-Ring Shire Festival