Space and Time in Tolkien’s Work – Tolkien Seminar 2022

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Lord of the Rings
Chapter 2

The 18th Seminar of the German Tolkien Society e.V. will not only take place in Jena from 28 to 30 October. You can also follow the conference worldwide via the internet from Friday at 2pm. Listeners and participants can look forward to thirteen exciting lectures on this year’s theme “Space and Time in Tolkien’s Work” by speakers from all over the world.

As is evident from many of the texts recently published in the volume The Nature of Middle-earth (2021; edited by Carl Hostetter), Tolkien dealt extensively with the various aspects of the space and time continuum. He often did this to give his imagined world a coherent and cohesive temporal and spatial framework. Therefore, the seminar will focus on aspects that belong to the field of “worldbuilding”. The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers from different disciplines to examine the theoretical foundations and the literary staging of the time-space continuum in Tolkien’s work.


The DTG seminar is supported by Walking Tree Publishers and the Chair of Older English Language and Literature at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The lectures and other elements of the conference will be held partly in English and partly in German. There is no admission fee.

Registration is required for the online program. After registration, participation information will be made available on Friday, 28 October. Participation is via Zoom. Registration for the on-site events is not mandatory, provided that the University of Jena’s Corona protection measures do not change by then.

Presentations and timetable

Some presentations will be held in German while others will be held in English (see titles below). 

Rosensäle (Fürstengraben 27, 07743 Jena)

14:00-14:30     Registration
14:30-14:45     Opening Ceremony

14:45-15:30      Allan Turner (UK): ‘The Limits of Faerie’
15:30-16:15      Magdalena Mączyńska (PL): ‘‘Home is behind, the world ahead’– Perceptions of Time and Space in Middle-earth’

16:15-16:45     Break

16:45-17:30      Franz Klug (D):  ‘Gondor’s Rescue by the Rohirrim’
17:30-18:15     Alissa Kautz (D):  ‘Arboreal Anthropomorphism and the Temporality of Trees: An Ecocritical Approach’

19:00 Conference-warming in the Noll (Oberlauengasse)


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