J.R.R. Tolkien and the World Wars



Location: Online via Zoom, Wheaton, IL 60189
Start Date/Time: October 07, 2021 - 7 p.m.
End Date/Time: October 07, 2021

War is one of the themes that runs through all of Tolkien’s books, especially The Lord of the Rings. Particular motifs appear over and over again: the effects of war on individuals, families, and society; whether war can ever be justified; the proper conduct of war; close friendships among groups of men; the glory and horror of battle. The depiction of war and its effects were drawn from his own life; he served in World War I at the Battle of the Somme and two of his sons fought in World War II. Like all artists, he absorbed the materials of his own life into his art. This talk by University of Northern Iowa Librarian Janet Brennan Croft will explore Tolkien’s personal experience of war and how it manifested in his legendarium. Registration required. Free.

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