16 May, 2018, 7:30 pm
‘J.R.R. Tolkien in Leeds’
Dr. Alaric Hall, School of English, University of Leeds
University House, University of Leeds
The name of the author J.R.R. Tolkien usually conjures up images of the dreaming spires of Oxford where he and fellow academic and writer C.S. Lewis would discuss their work over a few foamy pints in the ‘Eagle and Child’ pub. But few people realise that, before moving to Oxford, Tolkien lived in Leeds where his former home in West Park now bears a commemorative plaque.
Like Tolkien, Dr. Alaric Hall (School of English, University of Leeds) is an expert on Middle English, as well as medieval and early modern Scandinavia. His doctoral work examined the relationships between societies, their beliefs in supernatural beings and powers, and the role of language and texts in the creation and transmission of those beliefs, while his more recent work focuses on linguistic contact, interlinguistic communication, and Icelandic sagas.
As author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ – which was once voted to be the nation’s favourite book – much has been written about Tolkien’s life and work, but little has been said about the years that he spent in Leeds. In what promises to be a fascinating evening, Dr. Hall will explore and shed light on this little known chapter of his life. More information about Dr. Hall and his research can be found at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20040/490/alaric__hall.