The Tolkien Society has their annual Seminar every summer around this time, where members gather for a one day event to present papers and have panels around a particular theme that changes every year.


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The 2016 Tolkien Society Seminar, used with permission



This year is rather special, in that the Seminar is online-only, and open to the general public to attend or just listen to. Here is more information

In anticipation of the Tolkien TV adaptation by Amazon Prime, this year’s Seminar invites speakers to explore the topic of adapting Tolkien to the screen and beyond. Papers may consider, but are not limited to:

  • Adapting Tolkien’s works to stage and screen
  • Fan-made content
  • Illustrating Middle-earth
  • Tolkienian pastiche
  • Other adaptations: games, merchandise and Hobbit-hole hotels

Following the untimely death of Christopher Tolkien, we would like to recognise his immeasurable contribution to the field of Tolkien studies with a panel discussion on Christopher Tolkien’s interaction with his father’s work.

The full schedule of presentations and panels is available at https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/seminar-2020/

Links to talks by topic
1 - Paul Godfrey Adapting The Silmarillion for Music


2 - Alessandro Voglino Middle Age/Middle Earth in the iconography of the Hildebrandt Brothers


3 - Mina Lukic Is Adapting Tolkien (Mis)Remembering


4 - Andrew Higgins ‘Elvish as She is Filmed’ The Adaptation of Tolkien’s Elvish Languages in the Peter Jackson’s Films


5 - Brian Egede-Pedersen “I Heard The Sword’s Song, and It Sang to Me” – Adapting Tolkien in the World of Heavy Metal


6 - Monica Sanz Shadows of Middle Earth: Tolkien in subculture, counterculture and exploitation

7 - Panel discussion on the work of Christopher Tolkien


8 - Marie Bretagnolle The other illustrated Silmarillion: Francis Mosley for the Folio Society


9 - Cami Agan The First Age Materials: C. Tolkien’s Greatest Task


10 - Vanessa Simmons Journey’s End: A Musical Interpretation of Tolkien’s Landscape


11 - Kristine Larsen Adapting Tolkien Beyond Arda, or, How to Navigate the Political Minefield of the International Astronomical Union in Order to Name Features on Titan, Pluto, and Charon After Middle-earth