November 1-4, 2018

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana  USA

This unique conference will examine the totality and comprehensiveness of Tolkien scholarship in three large groups:  the past (from the 1950s to the 2010s), the present (from the 2010s to the present), and the future (from the present to the next 20 years).  There will be four days of paper presentations, plenary speakers, discussions, film screenings, exhibits, book-signings, and music.  There will be a number of unique premieres, appearances, and experiences:

  • The premiere of a new musical composition by maestro Johan de Meij, whose Symphony #1 (The Lord of the Rings) is well-known and respected. This new musical work, titled Return to Middle-earth, has been commissioned for this unique conference.  A crowdsourcing project to raise the funds to pay the commission is available at  Contributors of $250 or more will be listed in the program at various levels of contribution, forever being linked to the premiere of this once-in-a-lifetime musical work.
  • In addition to the new musical work, Maestro de Meij will do an encore performance of his Symphony #1 (The Lord of the Rings).
  • Appearance by Simon Tolkien (grandson of J.R.R.) to discuss and sign copies of his novels.
  • An art exhibit of works by Tom Loback from the collection of Dr. Brad Eden (including three original commissioned triptychs).
  • For the first time! The library of Michael H.R. Tolkien (1920-84) as collected by Dr. Brad Eden on display and with special in-depth seminar examination.
  • Successive screenings of the Peter Jackson movies The Hobbit (3 films) and The Lord of the Rings (3 films) on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2.
  • A conference dinner on Saturday evening, November 3, with foods and treats based on Middle-earth recipes
  • Performances by Eileen Moore of parts of her Maidens of Middle-earth song cycles
  • And so much more…
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