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Friday, September 3 • 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Leadership in Middle-earth: The Influence of Tolkien's Faith

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As a devout Catholic, Tolkien's writing is heavily influenced by his faith. His writing also contains many examples of both positive and negative leadership behaviors and traits. Characters from "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" that are positive leaders are viewed to make ethical decisions. Tolkien likely viewed ethical decisions to be those that adhere to a set of virtues fundamental to his religious beliefs. One such widely known set of virtues is the Cardinal Virtues. The Cardinal Virtues include prudence (judging things wisely), justice (promoting fairness and human rights), fortitude (using courage and determination to guide actions), and temperance (restraining personal desire and passion) (Richert, 2019). In Middle-earth, good leaders achieve results that benefit a group in a moral manner, and they do so by modeling the Cardinal Virtues. This presentation will draw from examples of and comparisons between leaders in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

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Mike Urick

Dean, Saint Vincent College
Dr. Michael Urick is a member of the Tolkien Society and is Dean of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, USA. Much of his research is related to exploring leadership through the characters of Middle-earth. He has... Read More →

Friday September 3, 2021 3:15pm - 3:45pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)