Dr Dimitra Fimi, internationally recognized scholar and expert, gave the first annual lecture in honour of J. R. R. Tolkien at University of Birmingham.

Dr Fimi’s lecture meanders through several interviews Tolkien gave during his lifetime, as well as reminiscences of people who knew him well (family, colleagues, publishers, friends). Though this material remains uncollected and scattered in various (often obscure) publications, it often reveals fascinating facets of Tolkien's inspirations, creative process, as well as the construction of a "biographical legend".