17th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM

Tolkien and Classical Antiquities

April 4th, 2020

Next year’s conference will explore every aspect of the earlier Classical cultures of Rome, Greece, Ancient and Hellenistic Egypt, Carthage, their languages, philosophies, etc. This includes work from very early Christianity in Rome (Boethius, even Augustine, &c.) and linguistic investigations into Greek and Latin.

Keynote speaker: John Wm. Houghton is Chaplain and Dean emeritus, The Hill School, Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He has contributed to the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia, Tolkien the Medievalist, Mythlore, and Tolkien Studies, and was most recently editor-in-chief of Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey (McFarland, 2014). He serves on the editorial advisory boards of Mythlore and the Journal of Tolkien Research.

Special thanks to the University of Vermont Humanities Center and Department of English for their support!

Recent conferences


2019: Tolkien & Horror

2019: Tolkien & Horror

Dr. Yvette Kisor of Ramapo College delivered the keynote address with the title, “The horror of the unnarrated: Implications for Tolkien’s reader.”

2018: Languages & Etymology

With Dr. Andrew Higgins, co-editor of A Secret Vice, delivering the keynote address “Lexicography and language invention: The Gnomish Lexicon scripts.”

2017: Romance in Middle-earth

Dr. Corey Olsen of Signum University gave the keynote address, “The turning point of Tolkien’s career.”