This year our Tolkien Seminar will take place from 29th - 31st October at the University of Marbug. The topic is "Tolkien and Politics". Due to the current situation, the seminar will take place for the first time in hybrid form with the possibility to participate on site and online. If you would like to attend on site, please register here.

The presentations will be grouped into panels this year. Here, two or three contributions that fit together are combined into one block. After the last presentation, the discussion round will start. We will use Zoom Webinar for this. 

If you participate in the webinar, you will not see a video of yourself, nor will you be able to use your microphone. This is intentional. The only people who can share a video, speak into a microphone or show their presentation on screen are the organisers, presenters, stewards and some special guests.

If you have questions about the ongoing presentation, please use the Q&A function of the webinar. For exchanges with the other viewers, there is the chat. Both chat and Q&A can be found at the bottom of the computer screen. 

To bring people together and to fill the breaks online, we are planning zoom rooms. Here you can switch on video and microphone and talk to each other. 

All detailed information and tips will be sent to you on Friday morning.


Friday, October 29, 2021

14.00 - 14.15

Opening Ceremony

14.15 - 16.15

Panel 1

  • Andre Ay (D): Welche politischen Ideen kann man in Herr der Ringe wiederfinden? 
  • Robin Auer (D): Political Allegory, Apolitical Narrative & Applicability in Middle-Earth
  • Dominic Nardi: Would Elves be Democrats or Despots?

16.15 - 16.45

coffee break

16.45 - 18.45

Panel 2

  • Friedhelm Schneidewind (D): Die Abstammungsgemeinschaft als politisches Konzept in Tolkiens Mittelerde
  • Ulrich Matthias Gerr (D): Ressentiment revisited – Antisemitismus im Legendarium
  • Gregory Bassham (USA): Tolkien’s “Anarchism”

Saturday, October 30, 2021

9:00 - 11:00

Panel 1

  • Philip-Thomas Wehage (D): Re-reading of the Tolkienean Concept of War
  • Oleksandra Filonenko (UKR): The Great Manipulator: Saruman’s Magical Politics
  • Marco Mazzocca: On Sauron’s Power

11.00 - 11.30

coffee break

11.30 - 12.45

Panel 2

  • Muhammed Alpaslan Tandırcı (TUR): Environmental History of the Middle-earth
  • Jonas Mertens (D): Tolkien – der Öko-Anarchist?

12.45 - 15.00


15.00 - 17.00

Panel 3

  • Claudio Testi (I): The Machine and the Ring: Tolkien, Ellul and Unabomber
  • Renée Vink (NL): The Lords of the West: Colonialism in 2nd and 3rd Age Middle-earth
  • Norbert Schürer: Indigenous Politics in Tolkien’s Legendarium

17.00 - 17.30

coffee break

17.30 - 18.00

Walking Tree Publishers

  • Vorstellung der neuen Publikationen
  • Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde durch die Dwarvish University of the Blue Mountains

Sunday, October 31, 2021

9.00 - 10.15

Panel 1

  • Jonathan Nauman (USA): Bard and the Master of Lake-town: Tolkien on Heroism and Politics
  • Pamina Fernandez Camacho (E): Elven-latin and Semitic Adûnaic. Linguistic, Political and Religious Strife in the Island of Númenor

10.15 - 10.30

coffee break

10.30 - 12.30

Panel 2

  • Andreas Zeilinger (D): Stellung und Politik der Truchsesse von Gondor
  • Mario Wintersteiger (D): Die Politik des Orthanc. Saruman und die Dialektik der Moderne
  • Ulrich Wille (D): Anarchy in the Shire – Tolkien und die libertäre Kritik an Staat und Politik

12.30 - 13.00

Final discussion, conclusion & goodbyes


 The Tolkien Seminar 2021 is free for all participants, also as hybrid event!

All detailed information and tips will be sent to you on Friday morning.