J.R.R. Tolkien Talk

A group of Y8 and Y9 students were fortunate to attend a talk at St Helens & St Katharine’s School on Monday 18th September on the life and publications of J.R.R Tolkien; famous author of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.

Margaret Graton, member of the Tolkien Society, engaged the audience with her knowledge and fandom of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) who was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. He was twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford and most famously he also wrote a number of stories.

Barnaby Merriman and Ed Frank, Year 8 students, said of the talk:

“She told us about the life of Tolkien, about the languages he created and the books he wrote. She also played a brief clip of Tolkien speaking in Elvish. It was a really interesting talk.”

The Tolkien Society is an educational charity, literary society, and international fan club, devoted to promoting the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Although based in the U. K., the Society has hundreds of members in dozens of countries around the world who hold local events in their areas and who all receive the Society’s journals Amon Hen and Mallorn. What binds all members together is a shared passion for the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Aside from Tolkien’s 125th birthday, 2017 marks a number of important anniversaries of Tolkien publications:

  • 80th anniversary of The Hobbit
  • 80th anniversary of Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics
  • 70th anniversary of On Fairy-stories
  • 50th anniversary of Smith of Wootton Major
  • 40th anniversary of The Silmarillion
  • 10th anniversary of The Children of Húrin