Murphy Institute: J.R.R. Tolkien on Homes and Havens

Murphy Institute Faculty Webinar Series

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 11, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:25 PM


Online / Zoom

Join the Murphy Institute for "J.R.R. Tolkien on Homes and Havens," a faculty webinar featuring Dr. Christopher Toner.

Tolkien is known for writing adventure stories, but in a way his stories are about home. Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings begin and end in a hobbit hole, and the dangerous journeys there and back again are punctuated along the way by various safe havens. In this talk, philosophy professor Dr. Christopher Toner will explore the nature of home as Tolkien portrays it (its sign is domesticated fire, and its chief elements are security, comfort, and culture), comment on how it is in some ways the same and in other ways very different across various cultures (hobbit, dwarven, elven, and human), and conclude with some remarks about what this might teach us about our own cultural and political situation today.

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