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New Symposia Series Offers Tolkien Discussion

Published: February 10, 2006

An internationally-known scholar in myth studies and comparative mythology will present a discussion on J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings. The free lecture by Dr. Verlyn Flieger, professor of English at the University of Maryland, will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Alumni Conference Room at UT’s Riverside Center.


Dr. Flieger's talk, entitled "'Leaf-mould of the Mind' – Philology and Fantasy in Tolkien’s Works," will be the second in a new series of symposia sponsored by the UT Department of English and Writing. The title refers to a comment Tolkien made about how his story ideas grew "like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mould of the mind."


Dr. Flieger has written several influential books of Tolkien criticism, including Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology, Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World, and A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie.


The Department of English and Writing Symposia Series presents lectures by experts in fields such as comparative mythology, history, rhetoric, and literary studies. The series was initiated to support the teaching and appreciation of literature and to reflect the interdisciplinary scholarship that UT students and faculty pursue.


For more information about the lecture, please contact Dr. Richard Mathews at (813) 253-3333 x 3621. To learn more about Dr. Flieger, visit