Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tolkien/Lewis lecture this weekend in Dallas

First, my apologies for the silence here at Lingwë over the past few weeks. I lost my job on November 2 and have been engaged in the search for a new one since. The good news is that it looks like I’ll be gainfully employed again starting the first week of December. But in the meantime (and considering that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, with Christmas following soon after), Lingwë will probably continue to be fairly quiet for the next few weeks. Still, I will bring you what small news items I can during that time. Like this one ...

If you live in or near the Dallas / Fort Worth area, there is a lecture and dinner this coming Saturday. Short notice, I know, but I only learned of this yesterday. The well-known scholar Peter Kreeft will be speaking at Highland Park Presbyterian Church (a few blocks from Southern Methodist University) on Saturday, November 21, 2009 starting at 6:30 PM. The subject of the lecture is “Lewis, Tolkien, and the Culture War”. The event is not free, but it includes dinner for $75 or $100 (including a pre-dinner reception with Dr. Kreeft). There is also a silent auction, and the proceeds of the auction and dinner go to support the College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth. This lecture is part of their series of short courses and college lectures, The C.S. Lewis Center for the Study of the Common Tradition: Lewis, Chesterton, Tolkien, and the Great Tradition.

For more information or to reserve tickets for the evening, call Nancy Lovell at (214) 536-2329; or send an email to Nancy Lovell or Michelle Monse. Or you can contact CSTM directly at (817) 923-8459.


  1. in bocca al lupo per il lavoro! come si dice in inglese!?!

    per quanto riguarda tolkien in italia, guarda qui

    for the very first time tom shippey and verylin flieger in Italy...i can't believe it.

    ciao dalla terra del bel paese là dove 'l sì suona...

  2. Tante grazie, Giova! In inglese, per la frasa "in bocca al lupo" (o "in bocca alla balena") diciamo tipicamente "good luck". Più coloramente, abbiamo soltanto "break a leg" (per gli attori nel teatro, etc.) Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger in Italia! Molti complimenti! So che Jane Chance ha andato in Italia (Siena) forse due mese fa.

  3. i...break a leg just four months ago e i am stopped into bed until next year (i try to climb a mountain too high for me); finally i've finish, for the forth time, this time i've appreciated Pippin & Merry for the very first time. Of course i've read in italian; now i'm reading the tolkien version of Gawain in italian translation too. Ciao.

    ps i hope you understand my english

  4. Your English is quite good enough to understand. I hope my Italian is good enough for you too. Sorry to hear about the leg. You weren’t climbing Monte Amiata, were you? ;) I am going to be trying to read all of The Lord of the Rings in Italian sometime soon (I have only read parts of it in Italian up to now). I picked up LotR, The Silmarillion, and The Hobbit in Italian when I was in Tuscany in 2005.

  5. Sorry to hear about your job, Jason.

    What do you think about Kreeft? I really like him, but I could see how one might think his interpretations too Catholic. Still, I think he's the kind of interpreter Tolkien might've been able to stomach. Kind of like Shippey. A good Catholic or a good philologist.

    But then again, though I do what I can, I am grossly unknowledgeable when it comes to Tolkien scholarship.

  6. Thanks, Alex. :)

    As for Kreeft, I can’t really say. I don’t have very much first-hand knowledge of his work on Tolkien. I feel like he’s much better known in Lewis studies, but even that may be a misapprehension. I have not read his book on Tolkien, The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind “The Lord of the Rings” (2005), but I did read Matthew Fisher’s rather lukewarm review of it in Tolkien Studies, Volume 4. Ditto, David Bratman’s “Year’s Work” summary of the book in Volume 5. Overall, it sounded a bit superficial to me at best, and rather misguided at worst, so I haven’t made the time to read it for myself yet.

    But you say you really like him? Tell me more.


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