16th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM

Register now at go.uvm.edu/tolkien19:

  • general public: $25
  • Vermont residents: $15
  • UVM students: free

Tolkien and Horror

April 5th & 6th, 2019

All conference registrants are invited to join us Friday at 6:30 p.m. at a nearby cinema for a private screening of the new Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult.

Then join us Saturday the 6thin the Waterman Memorial Lounge (Waterman 338) for the 16th annual Tolkien in Vermont conference at UVM! Details and description forthcoming. Sponsored by the Humanities Center and UVM English Department.

Tolkien, a Fox Searchlight film

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Conference: Tolkien & Horror

Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This year’s conference is dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague. It is safe to say that we all learned a thing or two from Gerry Blair the man and the scholar. By sharing himself with all of us, his time on earth was worthwhile, indeed.


I am an independent scholar with an interest in the works of the Inklings and especially that of J.R.R. Tolkien. I enjoy reading and researching the works of these authors. I expect this will take my entire lifetime and I will still only scratch the surface. I hope I will learn something from all of this that will help me to feel my time on earth was worthwhile.” — Gerry Blair


Recent conferences


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.”

2016: Tolkien & Popular Culture

Dr. Robin Reid of Texas A&M University delivered the keynote address with the sesquipedalian title, “Tolkien and popular culture: being the chronicle of quests from fandom to academia and back again as the island of Anglophone literary studies in the United States underwent transformations during the 1970s to the 2000s of the Fourth Age of the world due to progressive movements of the Twentieth Century challenging oppressive hierarchies relating to gender, race, and sexual identification (though not so much class because “America” and its weird obsession with bootstraps) as cultural studies swept like a wave over the ivory towers (keep in mind it’s a simile not an allegory), plus tattoos.”