Cardiff Met scholars present Tolkien tribute at Oxford University

​22/11/2016

​In 1931, J.R.R Tolkien gave a lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford University on the art of language invention and the relation between myth and language. Exactly 85 years later, Cardiff Met's Dr Dimitra Fimi and Dr Andrew Higgins will travel to Oxford to revisit Tolkien's steps and celebrate the publication of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages.

This publication is the first ever critical study of this lecture, reproducing it alongside a new essay and drafts from Tolkien's manuscripts, accompanied by detailed editorial notes and introductory material.

The book, published earlier this year, studies Tolkien's little-known essay which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones. The book includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with his lecture in 1931 and goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien's mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.

Dr Dimitra Fimi said, "I am delighted to have been asked to speak, alongside Dr Higgins at Oxford University. It is a great celebration of Tolkien's work 85 years on, and we are excited to showcase the hard work that has gone into our recent publication."

The two Cardiff School of Education academics will provide a talk and Q&A session at the Mary Eccles Room, Pembroke College, Oxford University at 7pm on 29th November. For further information click here.