The three sessions:
Friday (July 7), 6PM -- "The Lord of the Rings: Christ, King Arthur, and Middle Earth"
Saturday (July 8), 2PM -- "Sam’s Family Tree in The Lord of the Rings"
Saturday (July 8), 6PM -- "Real Medieval Magic, Medicine, and Religion"
Those of you who've read this page often will recognize this as part of my public outreach project.
- The "Christ, King Arthur, Etc" paper will be an altered version of the one I gave at the Troy University Mythology Symposium, and is a sneaky attempt to get people interested in Arthuriana.
- The "Sam's Family Tree" paper will be a popular version of a scholarly paper I gave at PCA last month (and am currently whipping into publishable shape), and a sneaky attempt to get people interested in Old English.
- I'm not 100% sure what I'll be doing with the "Real Medieval Magic" presentation yet. I'm strongly considering talking a little about Bald's Leechbook and the Lacnunga, then walking them through the dozen metrical charms found in the Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records (translated, of course).
For those interested, the presentation part of these sessions will only be about 15-20 minutes. The rest will be discussion time during which you can ask questions or tell me that I'm wrong. I'll probably also use PowerPoint to show some facsimile images of the Leechbooks and Lacnunga, too. Don't worry -- It'll be cool, not boring.