Oxonmoot 2021 has ended
Back To Schedule
Sunday, September 5 • 12:00am - 12:30am
Rivendell, the Place of Leisure

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Many philosophers define leisure as the goal of human activity, with leisure being defined as stepping out of the world to re-collect one's self. It is the realm of art and contemplation. My paper will look at the ways Rivendell is a place of leisure throughout the books, as a bookend to adventure and a fitting place to retire to. Being that leisure activities, like art, are done to be enjoyed in and of themselves, they provide an escape from the world. I will also connect Rivendell as a place of leisure to the need for escape that Tolkien discusses in On Fairy-Stories and how that can shape how we view leisure in our modern world.

avatar for Ian Barnstead

Ian Barnstead

Ian is a high school religion teacher in Western Kentucky. After reading The Hobbit in high school, he began a lifelong journey in Tolkien's works. An amateur scholar, he often uses Tolkien in philosophy lessons.

Sunday September 5, 2021 12:00am - 12:30am BST
0 - Online only (Webinar Strand)