Talks and presentations by John Garth
Requests to give talks are always welcome. I have spoken on Tolkien and other topics in Britain, the US, France, Germany, Italy and elsewhere.
Talks at Dresden’s Militär Historisches Museum in November 2014 (© C. Ulke/MHM) and, below, at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, July 2016
I read from the letters of Tolkien's friend Rob Gilson in a commemoration of his battalion, The Maltings, Ely, 8 December 2016.
Talk, ‘The Great Wave: Tolkien’s Atlantis myth, the 1930s crisis of civilisation, and the bridge to The Lord of the Rings’, at the Tolkien Day symposium hosted by Liverpool Hope University, 11 November 2016.
Double-length talk, ‘Revenants: How the ghosts of World War One returned to haunt The Lord of the Rings’, at the annual conference of Seryn Ennor, the Swiss Tolkien Society, hosted by the Greisinger Museum in Jenins, 3 September 2016.
Talk on Tolkien, writing and publication, to the Henderson Writers’ Group, Las Vegas, 25 July 2016.
Talk on Tolkien’s ghosts, followed by book signing (below), at the National World War 1 museum, Kansas City, Missouri, 16 July 2016.
Tolkien talk and discussion, Writer’s Block bookshop, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, 16 February 2016 (right).
Talk on research as Black Mountain Institute Fellow in Humanistic Studies, International Education Week at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, 17 November 2015.
‘“Quickened to full life by war”: A fresh look at why Tolkien fell for Faërie’ — talk at the Tolkien Society Seminar 2015, Leeds, 3 July 2015.
Tolkien talk for the Brigham Young University London Centre, LDS Church, London, 9 April 2015.
Talk on Tolkien and the First World War, the Tenth Annual Joan Coffey Symposium, Sam Houston State University, Texas, 25 March 2015.
‘Tolkien and the Great War’, Hudson Library and Historical Society, Ohio, 3 March 2015.
‘Tolkien on the brink of Middle-earth 100 years ago’, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, 27 February 2015.
Tolkien’s Dead Marshes, at Great War and Modern Imagination Conference, Beverley, East Yorkshire. 26 November 2014.
Talk on Tolkien’s 1914 creative breakthrough at Tolkien in Oxford: A Symposium, Merton College. 18 November 2014.
Live Q&A, Compiègne’s Bibliothèque Saint-Corneille, as part of exhibition, Tolkien et la Grande Guerre, le fondement d'une mythe. 15 November 2014.
Talk to the Oxford CS Lewis Society on Tolkien’s 1914 creative breakthrough. 11 November 2014.
Reading from the letters of Robert Quilter Gilson, TCBS, as part of the centenary Remembrance Sunday events at his alma mater, Trinity College, Cambridge. 9 November 2014.
Talk on ‘Tolkien und der Erste Weltkrieg’ at the Militär Historisches Museum in Dresden, 2 November 2014. The capacity crowd has only been topped twice, by a foreign minister and a film star.
I talked with four Oxford Anglo-Saxon professors in ‘Tolkien’s Beowulf: A Roundtable’, a Medieval English Research Seminar with the Faculty of English at Oxford University. 22 October 2014.
Talk on Tolkien to Western Front Association (Herts and Beds branch), Harpenden. 10 October 2014.
Talk on ‘Tolkien on the brink of Middle-earth, 1914’, at Oxonmoot, the Tolkien Society annual gathering, 12 September 2014. Watch highlights...
Week-long course on Tolkien and Oxford, focusing on his backgrounds in war and academia, for the Oxford University Summer School for Adults, with Dr Maria Artamonova. 2–9 August 2014.
Illustrated biographical talk, ‘The Breaking of Tolkien's First Fellowship’, opening a weekend of Great War commemorations in Marston Green, Warwickshire (former home of the Gilson family), 1 August 2014.
Talk on Tolkien to the University of Alabama’s Oxford summer school, Worcester College, 23 July 2014.
Guest of honour at Tolkien Thing, the annual gathering of the German Tolkien Society, at Castle Breuberg in Hesse, 18–20 July 2014.
éStoria festival, Gorizia, Italy, 21 May 2014: Panel discussion on Tolkien and the First World War. Watch the discussion (in English and Italian)...
Exeter College, Oxford, 30 April 2014: ‘Rector's Seminar’ on Tolkien as an undergraduate.
Exeter College, Founder’s Day Weekend, 6 April 2014: Tolkien at Exeter College.
Exeter College annual City Lecture, Freshfields, Fleet Street, 25 February 2014: Tolkien at Exeter College.
Oxford Tolkien Society, Christ Church, 8 November 2013: On Tolkien, the Great War, and Frodo.
Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, Pusey House, 22 October 2013: ‘Deaths, beliefs and griefs observed: C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley and JFK, died 22 November 1963’. Now available in full at the Daily Beast.
British Studies at Oxford summer school, St John’s College, 29 July 2013, on the Dead Marshes and the Somme.
Oxford Tolkien Spring School, Oxford University, 21 March 2013: ‘Tolkien’s life’.
Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, Pusey House, 19 February 2013 and 8 June 2010, on the Dead Marshes and the Somme.
National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A., 30 September 2012 (via live video feed). ‘Talking Tolkien: From the Somme to the Shire’.
Return of the Ring conference, Loughborough University, 19 August 2012: ‘Robert Quilter Gilson, TCBS: A brief life in letters’.
Hungarian Tolkien Society conference in Budapest, 16 June 2012. ‘In a hole in the ground: Tolkien in the trenches’.
Festival in the Shire, Pontrhydfendigaid, Wales, 15 August 2010. On Rob Gilson.
Penkridge Library, Staffordshire, 10 July 2009.
Tolkien 2005 conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 13 August 2005.
The Lord of the Rings, 1954–2004: Scholarship in Honor of Richard E. Blackwelder, conference at Marquette University, Milwaukee, 21 October 2004. ‘Frodo and the Great War’. See here for one discussion of my paper.
Tolkien e la Terra di Mezzo conference, Italian Tolkien Society, Brescia, Italy, 21 March 2004.
Tolkien Society annual general meeting, the White Hart Hotel, Lincoln, 24 April 2004.
Rice University, Houston, Texas (Medieval Studies Workshop, Center for the Study of Cultures) 6 February 2004.
Oxford Tolkien Society, Christ Church College, 21 November 2003.
Eltham College, London, 29 November 2002.
Oxonmoot (annual Tolkien Society gathering) at St Anthony’s College, Oxford, on 22 September 2001 and 19 September 2003.
Cambridge Tolkien Society, 13 March 2001.
I have been a panellist in discussions on researching Tolkien at the Return of the Ring conference, 19 August 2012 (with Janet Brennan Croft, Verlyn Flieger and Robert S. Blackham), and on Tolkien and war at Oxonmoot, 20 September 2003 (with Jane Chance, Colin Duriez and Ted Sherman) and at the Tolkien 2005 conference, 12 August 2005 (with Tom Shippey).