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Tolkien's Beowulf and Lessons from History

Tolkien's Beowulf and Lessons from History
81 St. Mary Street, Charbonnel Lounge, St. Michael's College
Time: Nov 9th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 9th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 400-1200
Lecture by Andy Orchard, University of Oxford

The University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto is pleased to present:

Andy Orchard, FRSC/FBA, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Oxford

Tolkien's Beowulf and Lessons from History

Though best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote all or part of these works while Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford, a position he held for twenty years. In this lecture, using archival material, including Tolkien’s so-called ‘Celtic Library’, his lecture-notes, his own heavily annotated editions of Beowulf, and various versions of his translation, first completed in 1926, but not published until last year, Andy Orchard, his successor in that role, considers Tolkien as a bold and brilliant interpreter of the greatest of all Old English poems, whose dashing and innovative work, developed over decades of teaching, can still offer a model to modern medievalists.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies at (416) 978-4884.

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