Tolkien's Medieval Languages: Old English | University of Oxford

Tolkien's Medieval Languages: Old English

Speaker
Dr Mark Atherton (Regent's Park)
Event date
Event time
13:00 - 13:45
Venue
The Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3BG
Venue details

The Weston Lecture Theatre, main entrance on Broad Street

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Old English (Anglo-Saxon) is the early form of English which King Alfred spoke and in which Beowulf is written. As Professor of Anglo-Saxon, Tolkien taught this language, and as a writer he used its literature to inspire his fiction, but privately he saw himself as heir to the Old English of Mercia (the modern-day Midlands where he grew up), and he made this the language of the Riders of Rohan in The Lord of the Rings. 

This lecture is from the lecture series, convened by Stuart Lee, presenting five Oxford academics who examine the medieval languages that J.R.R. Tolkien studied and taught. Each lecture consists of a short introduction to a language and its literature.