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Tolkien and Wales: A Celebration


Saturday 21 May, 2pm - 5pm

Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building, Cardiff University

Carl Phelpstead Book CoverJ. R. R. Tolkien once wrote: ‘I love Wales … and especially the Welsh language’. At this event to launch a new book on Tolkien and Wales three scholars from Welsh universities will explore some of the many connections between Tolkien’s writings and Welsh language and literature. The talks will be followed by a reception to celebrate the publication of Carl Phelpstead’s Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity.

The event is open to members of the public and anyone interested in Tolkien's writings or in Welsh language and literature is very welcome to attend. To book a free place at the event please email


2.00 Welcome

2.10–2.50 Dimitra Fimi, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) The Welsh Language and Tolkien’s “Linguistic Aesthetic”

Simon Eckstein, Swansea University “The Shadow of the Past”: Responses to Cultural Loss in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and David Jones

3.30–4.00 Carl Phelpstead, Cardiff University Tolkien’s Knowledge of Welsh: The Unpublished Evidence

4.00–5.00 Reception to celebrate the publication of the new book Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity by Carl Phelpstead (University of Wales Press). Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

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