Twenty-First-Century Tolkien: Talk by Prof. Nick Groom 31st July 2023

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Twenty-First-Century Tolkien: Talk by Prof. Nick Groom on Mon 31st July 7pm

Ahead of the paperback publication of his new book, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Professor Nick Groom to Dogberry & Finch Books to talk about Twenty-First Century Tolkien: What Middle-Earth Means To Us Today. 

An engaging, original and radical reassessment of J.R.R. Tolkien, revealing how his visionary creation of Middle-Earth is more relevant now than ever before.

What is it about Middle-Earth and its inhabitants that has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world? And why does Tolkien’s visionary creation continue to fascinate and inspire us eighty-five years on from its first appearance?

Beginning with Tolkien’s earliest influences and drawing on key moments from his life, Twenty-First-Century Tolkien is an engaging and radical reinterpretation of the beloved author’s work. Not only does it trace the genesis of the original books, it also explores the later adaptations and reworkings that cemented his reputation as a cultural phenomenon, including Peter Jackson’s blockbuster films of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and the highly anticipated TV series The Rings of Power.

Delving deep into topics such as friendship, failure, the environment, diversity, and Tolkien’s place in a post-Covid age, Nick Groom takes us on an unexpected journey through Tolkien’s world, revealing how it is more relevant now than ever before.

Tickets available online via this link or directly from the bookshop. Admission £5 redeemable against the price of the book (either hardback, or pre-orders of the paperback edition – updated with additional chapter – publ. 7th September)

The bookshop is wheelchair-accessible – please contact us for any queries.

‘Fascinating…. Wonderfully exhilarating.’ Mail on Sunday’

Each chapter displays a mastery of both the works in question – whether books or adaptations – and of the vast corpus of Tolkien scholarship. Narratives of literary production or of Hollywood bureaucratic processes rarely come as absorbing as Groom’s… Illuminating… Groom’s explorations of Tolkien’s sources… are always provocative and often ingenious.’ – Literary Review

‘Groom’s enthusiasm is hard to resist, and his garnering of folklore and customs that, for centuries, guided life through the changing seasons bulges with fascination.’ – John Carey, Sunday Times on The Seasons

‘It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a volume I have been waiting for all my life… This is a rich celebration of traditions and a plea for them not to be forgotten.’ – Bel Mooney, Daily Mail on The Seasons