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‘The Hobbit’ Fans re-enact ‘Battle of Five Armies’ In a move that’s bound to bring up images of a young, powerless Hobbit facing down the might of Mordor, an upstart Tolkien organization—The Society of Tolkien—has announced a free alternative to the Tolkien Society’s July 3 “diversity” seminar.
As the Daily Wire recently reported , the Tolkien Society was founded in 1969 and once counted J.R.R. Tolkien himself as its president. But its educational focus has taken quite a turn this year with a “diversity and inclusion” seminar that will feature lectures on topics like “Transgender Realities in The Lord of the Rings,” “The Queer in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings,” “Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack,” and “Destabilizing Cishetero Amatonormativity in the Works of Tolkien.”
This mangling of the Oxford professor’s work and vision didn’t sit well with the founder of a new Tolkien organization. His group has now scheduled a separate event on the same date to offer scholarly explorations more clearly tied to the great fantasy author’s work.
Among the topics at the newly announced seminar: “Solving Gollum’s Riddles: An Ode to Tolkien and Old English,” “Mapping Middle-earth,” and “Tolkien is Timeless, Tinseltown is Trite.”
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