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Media on Tolkien

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Laura Schmidt

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.

Daren Zehnle

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.

Quest for Meaning

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.

Garry Leonberger

"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.

Bill Struthers

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.

Philip Ryken

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

Colin Duriez Colin Duriez

April 30, 2015
"Inklings in Wartime"
British scholar, Colin 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.

Olga Lukmanova Olga

January 29, 2015
"Tolkien to Russia: There and Back Again"
Dr. 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.

Melody Green Melody Green

January 23, 2014
"Created in the Image of a Creator: Tolkien's Theology of Sub-Creation"
Dr. Green speaks on Tolkien's poem "Mythopoeia," the essay "On Fairy Stories," and the short story "Leaf by Niggle."

Chris Mitchell Chris
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 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.