Friday, April 8th

7:00 – 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 9th


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 1


Queer Tolkien: State of the field

Dr. Yvette Kisor · professor of literature · Ramapo College of New Jersey


Anna Smol · professor · Mount Saint Vincent University

Saruman’s sexual otherness

Dr. Christoper T. Vaccaro · senior lecturer · University of Vermont

10:00 – 11:45 a.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 2: Undergraduate voices


Magic and sorcery: Good and evil in Tolkien’s Middle-earth

— Christopher Kelm · undergraduate

Not dead, legally: Necromancy, the Vyne ring curse, and oath limitations

— Kit Loomis · undergraduate

Lost in the lens flare: Tolkien’s many shades of evil

— Liam McAuliffe · undergraduate

Iarwen Ben-Adar: The ancient evil of Arda

— Ryan Quinn · undergraduate

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch break

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 3: Keynote


Dr. Robin Reid · professor · Texas A&M University

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 4


Kind people!!!: The adventures of Svetlana Snape down the Hobbit hole; being a (semi) serious and scholarly dissertation on The Thread™️ that ate the Tolkien Society Facebook page (and judged it to strangely taste like bacon); in which the author endeavors to answer two great primordial questions, namely (1) What do palindromes, trebuchets, quantum physics, and Hello Kitty have to do with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (clearly a rhetorical question given that the obvious answer is – very little), and (2) What exactly is a pant of thong ale? (the answer to which promises to shed great light on the gestalt of the Tolkien fandom)

Dr. Kristine Larsen · professor of physics and astronomy • Central Connecticut State University

Hobbit forming: How the animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King by Rankin/Bass introduced Middle-earth to a generation of wanderers

— Andrew Peterson · independent scholar

James Williamson · senior lecturer · University of Vermont

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 5


Tolkien’s fandom and pop culture: The polite and the vulgar

— Gerry Blair · independent scholar

Creation from literary criticism in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur

Leonard Neidorf · professor · Nanjing University