The Return of the Ring: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Conference 2012

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The Return Of The Ring: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Conference 2012
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Introduction byShaun Gunner
EditorLynn Forest-Hill
PublisherThe Tolkien Society
Released9 June 2016
Pages276 (Volume 1)
216 (Volume 2)
ISBN978-1-911143-02-4 (Volume 1)
978-1-911143-03-1 (Volume 2)

The Return Of The Ring: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Conference 2012 is a two volume book which contains the majority of the material presented at The Return of the Ring conference held in 2012.

From the publisher[edit | edit source]

Few twentieth-century authors can compete with J.R.R. Tolkien. More than three-quarters of a century after the publication of The Hobbit in 1937, his works continue to captivate millions of readers across the world. As a collection of papers delivered in 2012 at the Tolkien Society’s international conference of the same name, The Return of the Ring is representative of the wide and varied responses Tolkien’s works have generated over the decades. The first volume focuses primarily on Tolkien’s life, examining the influence of war, philosophy, and religion on his mythology. The second volume is much more diverse, covering themes from medievalism and romanticism through to fantasy and modernity. With contributions from the likes of John Garth, Colin Duriez, Ronald Hutton, and Janet Brennan Croft, The Return of the Ring is essential for scholars and casual readers alike.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Volume 1[edit | edit source]

  • "Foreword" – Shaun Gunner
  • "Introduction" – Lynn Forest-Hill


War and its Effects

  • "Robert Quilter Gilson, T.C.B.S.: A brief life in letters" by John Garth
  • "Tolkien: the War Years" by Robert S. Blackham
  • "Sauron Revealed" by LeiLani Hinds
  • "Clean Earth to Till: A Tolkienian Vision of War" by Anna E. Thayer (née Slack)
  • "The Importance of Home in the Middle-earth Legendarium" by Sara Brown

Philosophy and Ethics

  • "Tolkien versus the history of philosophy” – Franco Manni
  • "Tolkien’s Boethius, Alfred's Boethius" by Gerard Hynes
  • "Teaching Leadership and Ethics through Tolkien" by Laura Miller-Purrenhage

Religion and its Discontents

  • "Tolkien – Pagan or Christian? A proposal for a 'new' synthetic approach" by Claudio A. Testi
  • "A Latter-day Saint reading of Tolkien" by James D. Holt
  • "Tolkien's Magic" by Ronald Hutton

The Mythic Dimension

  • "Cyclic cataclysms, Semitic stereotypes and religious reforms: a classicist's Númenor" by Pamina Fernández Camacho
  • "From 2012 AD to Atlantis and Back Again – Tolkien's Circular Journey in Time" by Xavier de la Huerga
  • "The Notion Club Papers: A Summary" by David Doughan
  • "Myth-Making: How J.R.R. Tolkien Adapted Mythopoeia from Old English" by Zachary A. Rhone
  • "J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythopoeia and Familiarisation of Myth: Hobbits as Mediators of Myth in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings" by Jyrki Korpua
  • "White riders and new world orders: Nature and technology in Theodor Storm's Der Schimmelreiter and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings" by Larissa Budde

Volume 2[edit | edit source]

  • "Introduction" by Lynn Forest-Hill


  • "Tolkienesque Transformations: Post-Celticism and Possessiveness in 'The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun'" by Yoko Hemmi
  • "Tolkien's Devices: The Heraldry of Middle-earth" by Jamie McGregor
  • "Tolkien and the Gothic" by Nick Groom
  • "Frodo and Faramir: Mirrors of Chivalry" by Constance G.J. Wagner


  • "An Old Light Rekindled: Tolkien's Influence on Fantasy" by Anna E. Thayer (née Slack)
  • "'In the memory of old wives': Old Tales and Fairy-stories in Middle-earth" by Troels Forchhammer


  • "Tolkien and Nonsense" by Maureen F. Mann
  • "Stars Above a Dark Tor: Tolkien and Romanticism" by Anna E. Thayer (née Slack)
  • "The Ainulindale and Tolkien's Approach to Modernity" by Reuven Naveh
  • "Tolkien, the Russians and Industrialisation" by Jim Clarke
  • "Legal bother: Law and related matters in The Hobbit" by Murray Smith
  • "Tolkien's Faërian Drama: Origins and Valedictions" by Janet Brennan Croft
  • "Tolkien's women of Middle-earth" by Chris Barclay
  • "Colours in Tolkien" by Christopher Kreuzer
  • "Thirty Years of Tolkien Fandom" by Nancy Martsch

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