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Saturday, September 4 • 10:30am - 11:00am
"These are not the Silmarilli you are looking for" - A source study of Tolkien's Silmarilli

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Tolkien's precious stones made by Fëanor, and stolen by Melkor, are so important to the Legendarium they hardly could escape critical attention. Verlyn Flieger considers them as a reflection of the Two Trees of Valinor, but only Alexander Lewis and Elizabeth Currie tried to find a source for them, and identified it in the Holy Grail as a stone from Paradise, formerly set in the crown of Lucifer. Without necessarily contraddicting either of them, I propose as a source for the Silmarilli another rare stone from Paradise which was instead given to Alexander the Great according to medieval legends Tolkien certainly knew.

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Giovanni Carmine Costabile

Giovanni Carmine Costabile (MPhil) is an independent scholar, translator, and teacher. Published in academic journals Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, and Inklings Jahrbuch, in the Tolkien Society Peter Roe series, and in a Walking Tree volume which was finalist at Tolkien Society Awards... Read More →

Saturday September 4, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)