'The Houses of Healing: Tolkien, Fantasy, and the Road to Recovery' our Second Annual Tolkien Lecture, delivered by John Garth, renowned Tolkien expert. Garth will argue that creating his Middle-earth mythology helped J.R.R. Tolkien to recover from the horrors and griefs of war, and will show how this infuses the professor’s own theory about fantasy as a means of recovering ‘a clear view’ of the world.

John is a British journalist and author, known especially for writings about J.R.R. Tolkien including his biography Tolkien and the Great War and a book on the places that inspired Middle-earth, The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien. The biography influenced much Tolkien scholarship in the subsequent decades.

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