907 J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference Proceedings

~ Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, 1992 ~

Conference Held at Keble College, Oxford, England, 17th-24th August 1992.


The proceedings from this conference is a very rare, hard-to-find volume. It rarely shows up on the used book market (eBay, Amazon, abebooks). And when it does, it is almost always over $150. (That is as of July 2014.)

The proceedings were co-published by The Tolkien Society in the UK and Mythopoeic Press in the US. Book size is approximately 8.25″ x 11″. Paperback binding. Its 458 pages include 61 scholarly articles plus an index. See below for the table of contents. ISBN 1887726047.

Proceedings of the J.R.R. Tolkien Centenary Conference

Edited by Patricia Reynolds and Glen H. GoodKnight

Table of Contents

Unpublished contributions


Opening Address

Section 1: Recollection and Remembrance [5 articles]

  1. Vera Chapman – Reminiscences: Oxford in 1920, Meeting Tolkien and Becoming an Author at 77
  2. Glen H. GoodKnight – Tolkien Centenary Banquet Address
  3. Fr. Robert Murray – Sermon at Thanksgiving Sercie, Keble College chapel, 23rd August 1992
  4. George Sayer – Recollections of J.R.R. Tolkien
  5. Rayner Unwin – Publishing Tolkien

Section 2: Sources and Influences [10 articles]

  1. Nils Ivar Agøy – Quid Hinieldus cum Christo? – New Perspectives on Tolkien’s Theological Dilemma and his Sub-Creation Theory
  2. Verlyn Flieger – Tolkien’s Experiment with Time: The Lost Road, “The Notion Club Papers” and J.W. Dunne
  3. Deirdre Greene – Higher Argument: Tolkien and the tradition of Vision, Epic and Prophecy
  4. Virginia Luling – An Anthropologist in Middle-earth
  5. Charles E. Noad – Frodo and his Spectre: Blakean Resonances in Tolkien
  6. Gloriana St. Clair – An Overview of the Northern Influences on Tolkien’s Works
  7. Gloriana St. Clair – Volsunga Saga and Narn: Some Analogies
  8. Chris Seeman – Tolkien’s Revision of the Romantic Tradition
  9. Tom Shippey – Tolkien as a Post-War Writer
  10. Norman Talbot – Where do Elves go to? Tolkien and a Fantasy Tradition

Section 3: The Lord of the Rings [7 articles]

  1. Marjorie Burns – Eating, Devouring, Sacrifice and Ultimate Just Desserts
  2. Jane Chance – Power and Knowledge in Tolkien: The Problem of Difference in “The Birthday Party”
  3. Joe R. Christopher – The Moral Epiphanies in The Lord of the Rings
  4. Patrick Curry – “Less Noise and More Green”: Tolkien’s Ideology for England
  5. Gwenyth Hood – The Earthly Paradise in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
  6. Gloriana St. Clair – Tolkien as Reviser: A Case Study
  7. Christiana Scull – Open Minds, Closed Minds in The Lord of the Rings

Section 4: The Silmarillion [2 articles]

  1. Alex Lewis – Historical Bias in the Making of The Silmarillion
  2. Eric Schweicher – Aspects of the Fall in The Silmarillion

Section 5: Linguistics and Lexicography [6 articles]

  1. Peter M. Gilliver – At the Wordface: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Work on the Oxford English Dictionary
  2. Christopher Gilson and Patrick Wynne – The Growth of Grammar in the Elven Tongues
  3. Deirdre Greene – Tolkien’s Dictionary Poetics: The influence of the OED’s Defiing Style on Tolkien’s Fiction
  4. Natalia Grigorieva – Problems of Translating into Russian
  5. Bruce Mitchell – J.R.R. Tolkien and Old Enlgish Studies: An Appreciation
  6. Tom Shippey – Tolkien and the Gawain-poet

Section 6: Response and Reaction [3 articles]

  1. Vladimir Grushetskiy – How Russians See Tolkien
  2. Wayne G. Hammond – The Critical Response to Tolkien’s Fiction
  3. Jessica Yates – Tolkien the Anti-totalitarian

Section 7: Tolkien Studies [12 articles]

  1. Helen Armstrong – Good Guys, Bad Guys, Fantasy and Reality
  2. Christine Barkley – The Realm of Faërie
  3. Christine Barkley – Point of View in Tolkien
  4. Joe R. Christopher – J.R.R. Tolkien and the Clerihew
  5. Edith L. Crowe – Power in Arda: Sources, Uses and Misuses
  6. Chris Hopkins – Tolkien and Englishness
  7. Carl J. hostetter and Arden R. Smith – A Mythology for England
  8. Nancy Martsch – A Tolkien Chronology
  9. Tadeusz Andrzej Olszański – Evil and the Evil One in Tolkien’s Theology
  10. René van Rossenberg – Tolkien’s Exceptional Visit to Holland: A Reconstruction
  11. Anders Stenström – A Mythology? For England?
  12. Dwayne Thorpe – Tolkien’s Evlish Craft

Section 8: Middle-earth Studies [4 articles]

  1. Jenny Coombs and Marc Read – A Physics of Middle-earth
  2. David A. Funk – Explorations into the Psyche of Dwarves
  3. William Antony Swthin Sarjeant – The Geology of Middle-earth
  4. Lester E. Simons – Writing and Allied Technologies in Middle-earth

Section 9: The Inklings [6 articles]

  1. Charles A. Coulombe – Hermetic Imagination: The Effect of The Golden Dawn on Fantasy Literature
  2. David Doughan – Tolkien, Sayers, Sex and Gender
  3. Colin Duriez – Tolkien and the Other Inklings
  4. Lisa Hopkins – Female Authority Figures in the Works of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams
  5. Diana Lynne Pavlac – More than a Bandersnatch: Tolkien as a Collaborative Writer
  6. Stephen Yandell – “A Pattern Which Our Nature Cries Out For”: The Medieval Tradition of the Ordered Four in the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Section 10: Flights of Fancy [3 articles]

  1. John Ellison – Baggins Remembered
  2. Hubert Sawa – Short history of the Territorial Development of the Dwarves’ Kingdoms in the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth
  3. Angela Surtees and Steve Gardner – The Mechanics of Dragons: An Introduction to The Study of their ’Ologies

Section 11: Other Writers [3 articles]

  1. Madawc Williams – Tales of Wonder – Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Age of Jane Austen
  2. J.R. Wytenbroek – Natural Mysticism in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows
  3. J.R. Wytenbroek – Cetacean Consciousness in Kathz’s Whalesinger and L’Engle’s A Ring of Endless Light