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  • Joan Marie Verba
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TOLKIEN SCHOLARS AND HOBBIT FANS CONVERGE Tolkien scholars and hobbit fans will gather at two conferences at The University of St. Thomas
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      TOLKIEN SCHOLARS AND HOBBIT FANS CONVERGE

      Tolkien scholars and hobbit fans will gather at two conferences at The
      University of St. Thomas over April [26-28], 2001. Concerning Hobbits
      and Other
      Matters: Tolkien Across the Disciplines, on Thursday, April [26], will
      feature a
      number of formal presentations by scholars from around the country,
      under
      sponsorship of the St. Thomas English Department.

      Bree Moot 5, over the next two days, will celebrate the works and worlds
      of
      J.R.R. Tolkien in more reader-oriented activities, including both
      individual
      and group presentations and informal interactions.

      The Bree Moot theme is "The Fellowship of Tolkien," broadly interpreted
      to
      include approaches to fantasy literature inspired or modeled by Tolkien
      in his
      fabulously popular fantasy works, including The Hobbit, and The Lord of
      the
      Rings (now being filmed for a major film release next December by New
      Line
      Cinema) and in his scholarly works and teaching. The local Rivendell
      Group of
      The Mythopoeic Society is devoted to the example of Tolkien's discussion
      group
      in the 30s and 40s, The Inklings (which also included noted
      writer/scholar/professor C.S. Lewis), which met regularly to discuss
      books and
      the great literary tradition as well as to workshop the members' own
      works-in-progress.

      Margaret Howes, Bree Moot guest of honor exemplifies this approach: She
      published a "fan" article in the mid-60s Tolkien Journal, at the height
      of the
      Tolkien campus craze, and went on to derive inspiration from Tolkien in
      writing
      (and later performing) her "Tales Told by the Lonely Mountain," some of
      which
      were published in The Tolkien Scrapbook. After helping found and
      participating
      in the Rivendell discussion group for many years, she last year
      published her
      first novel, The Wrong World, and this year is publishing Autumn World,
      a novel
      jointly written by five current and former members of the Rivendell
      Group.

      Other program features at Bree Moot will include author/critic Ruth
      Berman
      presenting slides on dragon illustration, presentations by Canadian
      scholar
      William Sarjeant (and fantasy author "Antony Swithin") on "The Shire:
      its
      bounds, food and farming," and "Geology of Middle-earth," musician David
      Emerson
      on the Tolkien-Donald Swann collaboration, "The Road Goes Ever On" song
      cycle,
      and presentations on the Children's Theatre Company dramatizations of
      The Hobbit
      and on the forthcoming New Line Cinema films, with members of
      TheOneRing.net
      web-site. Other activities include panel discussions, filk-singing, and
      some
      displays of fan publications and memorabilia. This is the second time
      that Bree
      Moot has come to Minnesota.

      Cost for this two day reader-oriented conference is $20 advance through
      April
      15, more at the door.

      (Membership in the Concerning Hobbits conference is a separate $30
      charge, at
      the door).

      THE TOLKIEN SEMINAR Leading up to Minicon and Bree Moot 5/Concerning
      Hobbits
      will be a series of programs held around the Twin Cities approaching our
      themes
      on a smaller scale. The first of these will be on April 7, at the
      Southdale
      Public Library, at 1:30 p.m. This will be a panel discussion featuring
      experts
      on and writers of children's fantasy, FROM HOBBITS TO HARRY POTTER:
      Children's
      Fantasy since Tolkien

      For more information about Conference plans, contact (612)292-8887, 293
      Selby
      Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102-1811 or d-lena@.... The Rivendell Group,
      which is
      sponsoring the conference, is a chartered discussion group of The
      Mythopoeic
      Society and has also been a recognized student organization at the
      University
      for the past two decades, studying and discussing fantasy in the Tolkien
      tradition each month.


      David Lenander
      e-mail: d-lena@...
      Bree Moot website: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~d-lena/BreeMoot.html
      Concerning Hobbits website:
      http://www.stthomas.edu/engl/English/tolkien.htm
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