Tolkien Society Events Update – A Dinner, A Lecture, and a Book

by Apr 20, 2004Events

Tolkien Society AGM & Dinner with John Garth

The Tolkien Society Annual General Meeting is on Saturday 23rd April, at the
White Hart Hotel, Lincoln (UK). Although the AGM itself is “members only”
the dinner afterwards is open to any who want to come along to a semi-formal
dinner followed by John Garth (author of “Tolkien & the Great War”) speaking
and taking questions. Details can be obtained and bookings can be made by

The Third Tolkien Lecture at Bath Spa University College

On Wednesday 28th April 2004 at 7.30pm in The Michael Tippett Centre, Bath
Spa University College, Newton Park, Bath, BA2 9BN,

Fr.Bill, OSM of Catholic Chaplaincy at BSUC & to Higher Education in Bath in conjuction with Cathsoc at BSUC & at University of BATH, presents  the Third Catholic Chaplaincy Tolkien Lecture which will be given by Dwight Longenecker on ‘The Journey of the Spiritual Hero – using JRR Tolkien for personal and spiritual growth’  – in this lecture, film clips from Peter Jackson’s film-trilogy are used to illustrate the journey of the spiritual hero.


Dwight Longenecker is a writer and broadcaster. He is also Creative Director of the Company ‘Working Hero’ : website

Previous BSUC Tolkien speakers were : (2002)Stratford Caldecott,  Director of the Centre for Faith & Culture in Oxford  and (2003) Lord Alton, Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University

At 7.00pm prior to the Third Tolkien Lecture, in the MICHAEL TIPPET CENTRE Gallery the Publishers Darton, Longman and Todd will host the book launch of ‘Secret Fire: the Spiritual Vision of JRR Tolkien’ by Stratford Caldecott, who will be present for the launch.

Caldecott suggests that an understanding of JRR Tolkien’s personal beliefs and their influence on the story for which he is famous can only enhance our appreciation for this great work of art. Drawing largely on Tolkien’s many letters and occasional essays, he demonstrates Tolkien’s own extraordinarily rich and fertile sub-creation in the light of his Christian faith.


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