Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tolkien Scholar to Talk at Literary House

CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College hosts Tolkien scholar Verlyn Flieger on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. She will lecture on the topic, “Oo! Those Awful Hobbits: Tolkien Versus the Academy.”
 The event is sponsored by the College’s Sophie Kerr Committee and is free and open to the public.
Flieger has taught courses on J.R.R. Tolkien at the University of Maryland for the past 35 years and has published three books on his fiction: Splintered Light, A Question of Time, and Interrupted Music. She also edited an expanded edition of his short story Smith of Wootton Major and co-edited a collection of essays on the history of Middle-earth, as well as a critical edition of Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-Stories.” She is co-editor with Michael Drout and Douglas Anderson of Tolkien Studies, the only journal devoted exclusively to Tolkien’s work.
Flieger also is an author of her own fiction: a fantasy novel titled Pig Tale, its sequel The Inn at Corbies’ Caww, and the Arthurian novella Avilion. To learn more about Verlyn Flieger, visit
The Literary House is located at 407 Washington Avenue. For more information on its programs, visit

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