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Dec 18

The Women Of Middle Earth: What We Can Learn from Tolkien's Leading Ladies

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

J. R. R. Tolkien's wisdom is applied to just about everything - Tolkien and industrialization, Tolkien and communism, Tolkien and religion. What's surprising, especially in today's hypersensitive, post-Gloria Steinem world, is the dearth of commentary on Tolkien and women.

In Lord of The Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien makes a radical statement about women and their role in society. In this program, we will explore gender roles, aspects of womanhood and feminist philosophy through Tolkien's main female characters - the gentle and hopeful Arwen in whose presence everything becomes peaceful; the tumultuous, restless Eowyn, whose free spirit leads her to triumph over her greatest foe; and finally, Galadriel whose strength of mind has created a timeless haven for her people. What do these woman tell us about virtue and the essence of womanhood?

Copies of ISI Books best-selling book, Sanctifying Myth; Understanding Middle Earth, will be available for sale

More About the Speakers

Christine O'Donnell
Director of Communications for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute

with comments from
Jenna Murry
Intern, Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Tolkien Enthusiast