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Wuffing Education

The Keys of Middle-Earth


with Dr Elizabeth Solopova

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 12th May 2007

An introduction to the English, Germanic, and Norse sources which were the focus of Tolkien’s scholarship and which underpin his fiction.

This study-day will introduce a range of languages and texts which influenced Tolkien's fiction. Students will learn about ancient Germanic culture and mythology and will gain insights into Tolkien's linguistic and literary scholarship. In bringing these strands together, the course will demonstrate how creative Tolkien's approach, as a writer, was to the earlier literature which he admired.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Old English: monsters and heroes  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 Old Norse: wizards and craftsmen  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 Middle English: elves and woodmen  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Gothic: kings and warriors  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Elizabeth Solopova

Elizabeth Solopova has a a D. Phil in Medieval English from Oxford University. She is the editor of General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales on CD-ROM (Cambridge 2000) and contributor to British Library’s Electronic Beowulf. Her research interests include historical linguistics, textual criticism, palaeography, metrics and historical poetics. She is currently employed at the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University as a manager of the Electronic Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. She also teaches courses in medieval studies at the Departments for Continuing Education at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Her latest book, The Keys of Middle-Earth, co-written with Dr Stuart Lee, was published in 2005.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

H. Carpenter, J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography (Allen and Unwin, 1977)
S. D. Lee and E. Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
T. A. Shippey, J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (Harper Collins, 2000)
T. A. Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth (Allen and Unwin, 1982; rev. edn HarperCollins, 2003)
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Harper Collins, 1995, or another edition)
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit (Harper Collins, 1999, or another edition)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £38, payable to Wuffing Education to:

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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