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Tolkien, the relevance of the myth

On April 18th and 19th, some students and staff attended the Conference, "Tolkien: The Relevance of Myth" which was organized by the School of Communication, PUSC.

The organizers wrote: “The fiftieth anniversary of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien urges us to reflect not only on the importance of one of the greatest authors of the 20th century but also on the enduring relevance of myth in today's world. The epic tale of The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) was a multi-layered imaginative explosion – anthropological, linguistic, even geographical – that continues to resonate today in evident artistic, cultural, and commercial ways”.

The seminar encouraged us to consider why these myths still have a spiritual resonance with us and, rather than serving as simple means of amusement, motivated us to explore further. Also the participants were inspired by Tolkien as a good catholic who tried to create fiction in the matrix of the Christian message. The seminar concluded with the concert, “Tolkeiniana”, by the composer, Edoardo Volpi Kellerman.



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