The topic of this year’s Tolkien at UVM conference (the 9th annual) was “Tolkien’s Bestiary”; again, it was hosted and organized by UVM professor Chris Vaccaro.
We hosted former “Tolkien As Translator” classmates Mark Kaminsky, Andrew Peterson, and Ray Saxon — as well as our professor, Dr. Marc Zender.
As you can see from the conference poster, Andy, Ray, and Marc all gave presentations:
9th annual Tolkien at UVM conference
- Martha Monsson: “Forth Eorlingas: Horses and Ponies in _The Lord of the Rings_”
- Andrew Peterson: “The Many Faces of Trolls in Middle-earth”
- Matt Dickerson: “From Goblins to the Valaraukar: Scourges of Fire and Demons of Terror”
- roundtable: “What To Do with Tolkien’s Orcs”
- Jonathan Evans: “Tolkien’s Non-Allegorical Bestiary”
- Ray Saxon: “Manwë’s Messengers: The Role of the Eagles in Middle-earth”
- Marc Zender: “Mammoths, Mûmakil, and ‘The Old Fireside Rhyme of Oliphaunt’: Tolkien’s Contributions to the Medieval Bestiary Tradition”
- Kristine Larsen: “A Creature of an Older World”: Tolkien and the “Mythology of the Prehistoric”
- Gerry Blair: “A Boy and His Dog”
- Jamie Williamson: “Tolkien and the Codification of Non-Human Beings”