Talk of the Town

Or at least the Town Library: I’m part of a panel on the World of Tolkien at the Colonie Town Library. Here’s the skinny:

6:30 PM: The World of Tolkien- A panel discussion on the works of Tolkien and the films made (and to be made) from them. There will be insight into the roots of Tolkien’s mythology and the languages both real and imaginary associated with Tolkien and his works. We expect the audience will bring additional insights into the works of JRR Tolkien. The panel will consist of K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose; Kelly O’Connor-Salomon, Sage College; and jan howard finder, long-time fan.

We have since dragged Pam Clements of Siena College along for the ride. Jan put the panel together; I think it will be a lot of fun. A lot of you know I’m not that fond of Tolkien’s fiction (he’s a good scholar though), but I love the same texts that he drew inspiration from and can speak about the Old Norse, Old English and Finnish tales that inspired him. There are the films, too, so I suspect we’ll have a lively discussion with a lot of audience input.

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