Friday, April 7th

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Old Mill Annex A207

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 8th

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

Continental breakfast with tea & coffee

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 1


Freawaru and Tolkien’s Beowulf

Dr. Christopher T. Vaccaro · Senior Lecturer · University of Vermont

The broken sword, a meme: Beowulf, Arthur, and Elendil

— Zachary Dilbeck · Columbus State Community College

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 2


The tale of Turin, a hapless helpless boy with a doom for failed romance

— Gerry Blair · independent scholar

Ill-met by moonlight: Aredhel and Eöl as the upside down of Beren and Lúthien

— Katherine Neville · Signum University

“Thus wrote Pengolodh”: Historical bias, its evidence, and its implications in The Silmarillion

— Dawn M. Walls-Thumma · Coventry Village School

10:45 – 12:00 noon in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 3


Far-away places with strange-sounding names: Endonyms (autonyms), exonyms (xenonyms), and the romance of Tolkien’s toponymy of Middle-earth; or, On the redundancy of Bree-hill, the heady topper of the Brandywine, and how the discovery of Tolkien’s annotated map of Middle-earth by Blackwell’s Rare Books in Oxford extricates Pauline Baynes’s cartographic reputation from the fens of Nîn-in-Eilph

Erik Mueller-Harder · independent scholar

“I have loved you, and that love shall not fail”: Tolkien’s philological explorations of friendship, love, and romance in The Lord of the Rings

Dr. Marc Zender · Assistant Professor · Tulane University

“And with him was Elrond Half-Elven”: The high king and his herald (still a better love story than Twilight)

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

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207



The turning point in Tolkien’s career

Dr. Corey Olsen · Signum University

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch break

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 4


Dispelling misogyny in Tolkien’s women — through reflection of Medieval lyric and personal relationships

— Annie Brust · Kent State University

Sounds in the dark: Assimilation and continuity in The Hobbit: An unexpected journey

— Jeffrey Bullins · SUNY Plattsburgh

Weberian “vocation” in The Lord of the Rings

— Paul Fortunato · University of Houston-Downtown

3:00 – 3:05 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Coffee & tea

3:05 — 4:30 p.m. in Lafayette Hall L207

Session 5


“Warm as sunlight, cold as frost in the stars” — Tolkien’s exploration of courtly relationships through the Lady Galadriel

— Andrew Peterson · independent scholar

Romance and romance

James Williamson · Senior Lecturer · University of Vermont

The evolution of the animal to magical beast in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

— Heather Dail · Instructor · University of South Alabama