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Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien Lecture Series :Philadelphia,PA

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  • Mike Foster
    these sound like interesting fun. let me know how they go. be great to get some catholic college or univ. to get together a conference on this, eh?
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 7, 2005
      these sound like interesting fun. let me know how they go.

      be great to get some catholic college or univ. to get together a
      conference on this, eh?

      herenistarion wrote:

      >Root and Branch:
      >Mysticism and Heroism in the works of JRR Tolkien
      >Holy Family University
      >http://www.holyfamily.edu
      >Philadelphia, PA
      >April 13th 2005
      >7-830pm
      >Ray L. Taylor Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture
      >Campus Center (CC) Room 115
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      >Anthony S Burdge and Jessica Burke (Chairman/Cochair of NY Tolkien
      >Society respectively) will be speaking.
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      >Many scholars and critics have analyzed what has been said to be at
      >the heart of Tolkien's work, his Catholic faith. The Root and
      >Branch lecture series will examine the influence of his belief
      >structure upon two leaves from Tolkien's tree, mysticism and
      >heroism.
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      >Lecture Abstracts (link and shown below):
      >http://www.herenistarion.org/events/Lecture_1.doc
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      >"The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and
      >Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the
      >revision"
      >---J.R.R. Tolkien The Letters, 172
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      >J.R.R. Tolkien as a Catholic Mystic
      >By Anthony S. Burdge
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      >What is a mystic? And can this term be applied to one of the 20th
      >century's greatest authors, J.R.R. Tolkien, who utilized the tools
      >of his Catholic faith to their greatest potential? What aspects of
      >Catholic mysticism can be found within the works of Tolkien and who
      >inspired them? These questions and more will be explored as
      >Tolkien's Catholic faith, the role of the Catholic mystic, the
      >elements of Catholic mysticism within his works, and those who
      >inspired them are explored in this lecture.
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      >The Triple Spiral:
      >The dynamic of Tolkien's Heroes and
      >How Peter Jackson stripped them of their dignity
      >By Jessica Burke
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      >Tolkien's literary genius lies in his ability to write across the
      >spectrum of fiction and faith. Tolkien appeals to those outside his
      >own Catholic belief because of many reasons. Only one will be
      >addressed in this lecture: Tolkien's treatment of the hero. Three
      >of them will be explored: Sam, Faramir, and Éowyn—each of whom
      >individually and collectively illustrate a facet of Tolkien's own
      >influences from the Sagas of the Ancient North to the Mysteries of
      >the Catholic spirit. We will also examine how the recent film
      >interpretation of The Lord of the Rings sought not to illuminate and
      >further Tolkien's tradition of the hero. Rather, the creative team
      >behind Peter Jackson sought to flatten each of Tolkien's heroes into
      >a "more identifiable" whole. Yet, in so doing, they removed all
      >context, stripping all influences and every shred of applicability
      >from Tolkien's characters.
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      >For More Information:
      >Contact Anthony S Burdge
      >Chairman NY Tolkien Society
      >chairman@...
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      >The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
      >Yahoo! Groups Links
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