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Saturday, September 4 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Doodles by Tolkien, or: Númenórean Arts and Crafts - An anthropological exploration of the Númenórean culture based on its remaining artefacts

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Much of Tolkien’s late art, post Lord of the Rings, 90% of which still remains unpublished, consists chiefly of doodles and doodle-based composite pieces of great diversity. He attributed their origin to the Númenóreans, an island-based civilisation which vanished in the late Second Age and was survived only by its colonies on Middle-earth. So, if we were to study these from an archaeological perspective, what could we learn about Númenor, its inhabitants and its culture by studying them and cross-referencing them with our own world’s equivalent? After exploring the subject of doodles and Tolkien’s favoured medium in the 1960s, our brief survey will attempt to answer these questions and, in so doing, uncover Tolkien’s grand scheme about his artistic corpus during the recapitulative period of his life and show how it fits with the intentions which he had first expressed in The Lord of the Rings.

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Denis Bridoux

Originally from Northern France, Denis Bridoux discovered Tolkien in 1973 by reading The Hobbit in French, which transformed his life and chose to study English at University to read Tolkien in the original language. A member of the Tolkien Society since 1976, he attended his first... Read More →

Saturday September 4, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm BST
1 - Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre & Online (Webinar Strand)