Insights into "The Lord of the Rings:" A Journey Beyond the Books

    A Campus Cultural Connections Event; An Imprints and Impressions Series Event

    Date: October 21, 2014

    Time: 1:30 - 2:45 pm

    Location: Sears Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center

    Sponsor: The Graul Chair in the Arts and Languages

 Richard Chenoweth

    Phone number: 937-229-3955

    Supporting Involvement: Andrew Slade, Department of English; Jason Combs, Department of Communication

    Website: The Graul Chair in the Arts and Languages, Department of Communication, Department of English

    Join us as we explore this gripping tale of the quest of an unexpected hero. Andrew Slade will discuss the quest structure of this popular work and address its appeal to contemporary audiences, while Jason Combs will explore two views of power that are reflected in The Lord of the Rings: one as the exercise of control, domination, and manipulation, the other as humble fellowship, accompaniment, self-sacrifice, and cooperation. Focusing especially on the story as it is told through J. R. R. Tolkien's books, Jason will consider ways in which these same views of power often inform how people organize themselves towards the accomplishment of ends in our own world. Finally, Richard Chenoweth will offer insights into the origins of the story behind the Lord of the Rings, with commentary about some surprising but well-known musical connections.

    This event is free and open to the public.

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