, 15 tweets, 18 min read
My Authors
Read all threads
4th #Tolkien session @IMC_Leeds: “J.R.R. Tolkien: Medieval Roots and Modern Branches”.
First up: Andrzej Wicher: “How Christian is The Lord of the Rings?: Tolkien’s Work Seen in the Context of the Biblical and Theological Tradition” @TolkienSociety @UofGFantasy
Wicher’s main thesis is that the more Tolkien tries to avoid religion in The #LordOfTheRings, the more he ends up including it. He begins with Tertullian and the idea of Christianity as a paradox. @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019 @TolkienSociety
Wicher: The One Ring as a peculiar avatar of the Anti-Christ, from a theological point of view. It’s history has resonances with the story of Cain and Abel. @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019 @TolkienSociety
Wicher: the “Gollumian” aspects of Boromir - just like Sméagol and the birthday present, Boromir seems to want to rectify something he sees as “illogical“. He is revealed as agnostic. His portrayal may chime with that of doubting Thomas. @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019 @TolkienSociety
Wicher: Aragorn to Boromir: “I forgive your doubt.... I am but the heir of Isildur, not Isildur himself” - again echoing Jesus’s identification as the Son of God, not God himself. Boromir as a “double” of Aragorn in the tradition of Thomas Didymos (Twin). @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019
2nd speaker: Dennis Wilson Wise on “A Straussian Approach to Tolkien’s Medievalism: Or, Reading Tolkien’s Literary Adaptations in Light of the Conflict between Ancient and Modern” @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019 @In_Vico_Veritas @TolkienSociety @UofGFantasy
@In_Vico_Veritas: four approaches of studying Tolkien:
@TolkienSociety @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019
@In_Vico_Veritas now traces major Straussian themes which *may* be useful to study Tolkien:
@IMC_Leeds @TolkienSociety #IMC2019
@In_Vico_Veritas: the most fertile theme for analysing The #LordOfTheRings is the ancient vs. the modern. There is already some discussion that applies Straussian lens to #Tolkien:
@IMC_Leeds @TolkienSociety #IMC2019
3rd speaker: William James Sherwood on “The Medieval Faërie from Keats through Morris to Tolkien”.
@IMC_Leeds @TolkienSociety @UofGFantasy #IMC2019
Sherwood: #Tolkien scholarship has neglected Keats but there’s a line of influence from Keats, to Morris, to Tolkien.
@IMC_Leeds @TolkienSociety @UofGFantasy #IMC2019
Sherwood: Keats as a significant inspiration for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Tolkien definitely read Morris and referred to the Pre-Raphaelites (esp. as an analogy for the TCBS).
@IMC_Leeds @TolkienSociety #IMC2019 @UofGFantasy
Sherwood: some references to Keats on #Tolkien’s scholarship but marginal. But notice similarities in diction between Keats and Tolkien’s early poetry:
@TolkienSociety @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019 @UofGFantasy
Sherwood: mental flight as a strong trope of Romantic poetry coupled with synesthesia - a Keatsian element. Note these in this extract from The #LordOfTheRings:
@TolkienSociety @IMC_Leeds #IMC2019
Sherwood: Morris’s poetry is also full of examples of synesthesia. The chain of transmission from Keats to Tolkien goes through Morris.
@IMC_Leeds @TolkienSociety #IMC2019 @TolkienSociety
Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh.

Enjoying this thread?

Keep Current with Dr Dimitra Fimi

Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!