Tolkien and fantasy focus of presentation Tuesday

A presentation entitled “J. R. R. Tolkien and the Uses of Fantasy” will be offered at the Wilton Public & Greg Free Library on Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.

New Hampshire Humanities Council NHHC scholar Clia M. Goodwin, Ph.D. will discuss Tolkien’s background and sources, using images of Tolkien’s illustrations and maps for Middle Earth, and the role of The Hobbit in the creation of Tolkien’s world. Focusing on his cinematic, visual skills in storytelling, Goodwin will talk about the continuing popularity of Tolkien and why fantasy answers so many of our human concerns.

Goodwin received her Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a concentration in Old English, Old French, and Old Norse literatures and languages. She has taught in the Humanities Department at UNH for more than 20 years. She is not only a lecturer, but a teacher, a writer and a musician.

This program, sponsored by the Friends of the Wilton Library, is free and open to the public.

Legacy Comments4

Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool! (Chap 12) One of several good quotes from The Hobbit!

another great quote from The Hobbit... Gandalf: "What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I like it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?" Bilbo: "All of them at once."

another great quote from The Hobbit (Chap 1)... "There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them (Hobbits) to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can a mile off."

So many great Tolkien quotes involve stories and food esp a fondness for company at meals (Chap 7): Beorn-"A very good tale! The best I have heard for a long while. If all beggars could tell such a good one, they might find me kinder. You may be making it all up, of course, but you deserve a supper for the story all the same. Let's have something to eat!" Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves- "Yes please! Thank you very much!"

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