Tolkien's medieval languages: Old English

19 October 2018 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Mark Atherton (Regent's Park)


Janet Walwyn | 01865 287156 |


Old English (Anglo-Saxon) is the early form of English which King Alfred spoke and in which Beowulf is written. As Professor of Anglo-Saxon, Tolkien taught this language, and as a writer he used its literature to inspire his fiction.  However, privately he saw himself as heir to the Old English of Mercia (the modern-day Midlands where he grew up), and he made this the language of the Riders of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings.

This series, convened by Stuart Lee, presents five Oxford academics who examine the medieval languages that J.R.R. Tolkien studied and taught. Each lecture presents a short introduction to a language and its literature.


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