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Media on Tolkien

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"Joy Like Swords: Hobbits, Franciscans, and the Crucifix" lecture by Father Daren J. Zehnle

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.

Richard G. Leonberger - Profile
"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" lecture by William Struthers

February 1, 2017

Dr. William Struthers, Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, gave this talk at the Wade Center 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.

"Inklings in Wartime" a talk by British Scholar Colin Duriez

April 30, 2015

Duriez explores how C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and other Inklings identified modern warfare as a powerful image of the deeper battle between good and evil.

Tolkien to Russia: There and Back Again

January 29, 2015

Dr. Olga Lukmanova, Wheaton’s first Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor at the Linguistic University of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia, provides a brief look into the history of reception of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books in Russia. See also: a video made by her students and the lecture PowerPoint slides: Lukmanova Tolkien PPT.

Created in the Image of a Creator: Tolkien's Theology of Sub-Creation

January 23, 2014

Dr. Melody Green speaks on Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia," the essay "On Fairy Stories," and the short story "Leaf by Niggle."

The Gospel as Fairy-Story: The Literary Art of J.R.R. Tolkien

January 24, 2013

Dr. Christopher 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.

The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films

April 20, 2011

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 fo 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.