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Tolkien Seminar - "G.B. Smith and J.R.R. Tolkien: a meaningful friendship"

Jan 18 (edited)
2023/1/18 16:46:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

"To celebrate the 50th year anniversary of Tolkien’s death (1892-1973), a conference dedicated to his meaningful friendship with G.B. Smith, poet and alumnus of Corpus, who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916."

We are pleased to announce the seminar "G.B. Smith and J.R.R. Tokien: a meaningful friendship" which will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 21st / 22nd March. The venue will be Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford – the College where Smith himself was a student between 1912 and 1915, and to whom Tolkien himself originally applied for a Degree in Classics.

Organisers: Doug Anderson, Oronzo Cilli, Beppe Pezzini
Other confirmed speakers: Mark Atherton, John Garth, Grace Khuri, Stuart Lee, Kris Swank, Allan Turner, Federica Calabrese, Lucia Simonson, Ivano Sassanelli.

The relationship between G.B. Smith and J.R.R. Tolkien had enormous influence on their human and artistic development during their school and university years, and also played an important role in the development of Tolkien's imagination and legendarium after Smith's death. However, the nature, development and implications of this 'meaningful friendship' (Garth) have often been neglected by scholars (with due exceptions) and not yet fully explored. Topics that will be discussed in this exploratory workshop include the sources, content and style of Smith's poetry, Tolkien's editorial work on Spring Harvest, biographical aspects of their relationship, (literary) influence on Tolkien's work (early and later), and others.

The conference website is:

https://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/alumni/events ... ien-meaningful-friendship

with a link to the registration form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI ... 6lAczDK3-_eN1Dog/viewform

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Jan 18
2023/1/18 19:10:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I hope this leads to the publication of an edition of A Spring Harvest prepared and annotated by Doug! 😁
Jan 18
2023/1/18 19:20:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Éarendel wrote:

I hope this leads to the publication of an edition of A Spring Harvest prepared and annotated by Doug! 😁

I'd buy that.
Jan 20
2023/1/20 15:18:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
...yes, would be time to replace this old version for a new edition

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Jan 20
2023/1/20 16:33:21 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Ithildin wrote:

...yes, would be time to replace this old version for a new edition

We can switch editions then if you’d like, ithildin!
Jan 27
2023/1/27 9:46:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Well, this is a conference I certainly would love to attend!
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