Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tolkien links with Leeds in 2015

The Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds made the purchase of letters, poems and prose that will form the Gordon-Tolkien Collection held by the Brotherton Library.

            'They provide insight into the close friendship between Tolkien and Eric Gordon,
              who joined him in the English department at Leeds in 1922.'


Among the papers is a draft of a drinking song 'The Root of the Boot' (Sam's 'Troll Poem' from The Fellowship of the Ring). This was performed at the Whitelock's Ale House, Turk's Head Yard in Leeds back in March.

Tolkien Society Seminar 2015

The Tolkien Society's Seminar was held in Leeds this year; this annual event hosted by the TS consisted of a range of papers under the theme 'One Hundred Years of Middle-earth'.

Plans are ongoing for the 2016 Seminar which again will be held in Leeds.

The scheduling of the Seminar in early July coincides with  the International Medieval Congress
 held annually at the University of Leeds.