Tolkien wrote that he was ‘fascinated’ by the ‘beautiful’ Gothic language that he started to study at school, and his literary works attest to this interest. The talk explores the influence of the history of the Goths and Gothic written tradition on Tolkien as a writer and scholar.
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.