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Tolkien’s Beginnings: Friendship, War, Love, and Writing
January 23, 2019
Laura Schmidt examines author J.R.R. Tolkien’s early years and the context of his burgeoning relationships and writing influences, particularly in the midst of World War I.
Joy Like Swords: Hobbits, Franciscans, and the Crucifix
January 16, 2018
Fr. Daren J. Zehnle explores the phrase “their joy was like swords,” from Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and the mingling of joy and sorrow, death and eucatastrophe.
Panel Discussion on the film: "Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination, & the Quest for Meaning"
September 26, 2017
The film was shown at the Wade Center and followed by a panel discussion with Marjorie Lamp Mead, Rolland Hein, Jerry Root, and Bob Huck.
"The Road Goes Ever On": Donald Swann's Song Cycle with Poetry by J.R.R. Tolkien
September 22, 2017
A lecture recital with Richard G. Leonberger (tenor) and William Phemister (pianist). Co-sponsored by the Marion E. Wade Center and the Wheaton College Tolkien Society. Recording allowed by kind permission of the Donald Swann Estate.
A Tolkien Testimony: Middle-earth on the Brain
February 1, 2017
Dr. William Struthers, Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, shares about the impact J.R.R. Tolkien's works have had on his life. Co-sponsored by the Wade Center and the Wheaton College Tolkien Society.
2015-2016 Hansen Lectures on J.R.R. Tolkien
View and learn more about Dr. Philip Ryken's lecture series titled: "The Messiah Comes to Middle-earth: Images of Christ’s Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings."
Other Past Events
April 30, 2015
January 29, 2015
January 23, 2014
|January 24, 2013
"The Gospel as Fairy-Story: The Literary Art of J.R.R. Tolkien"
Dr. Mitchell explores what Christian themes lay behind the captivating fairy stories of The Hobbit and Tolkien's other books. Lecture co-sponsored by the Wheaton College Tolkien Society.
|Doug Adams||April 20, 2011
"The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films"
After nearly a decade of writing and research, Doug Adams explores The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films in this lecture and in his book of the same title. The study brings an unprecedented exploration of Howard Shore’s film soundtracks, with extensive musical examples, original manuscript excerpts, and glimpses into the creative process by the composer.