Tolkien's turning point: Tolkien and the history of tongues

4 September 2018 6.00pm 7.00pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Professor Tom Shippey


Weston Library Information Desk 01865 277094


Tom Shippey's lecture will move from the detail to the (eventual) design of Tolkien's languages, and even the philosophical issues embedded in Tolkien's fiction.

Professionally speaking, Tolkien was a philologist, interested above all in the history and relationships of languages. Personally speaking, he was a self-declared 'niggler', who took immense pains over details. It was a vital moment when he solved a problem, which would have bothered few authors of fantasy, to do with the history and relationship of the languages of Middle-earth. It was this which opened up The Lord of the Rings to its full scale and sweep.

Tickets include entry to the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition; there is no need to book a separate exhibition ticket for the evening. The exhibition gallery will open at 5.30pm and will close at 8.15pm.


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