The Tolkien Weekend is happening in New York City – March 16th-17th, 2019!

New York City Tolkien Conference. Poster: (c) Luke Spooner
New York City Tolkien Conference. Poster: (c) Luke Spooner

Many of you will have heard that the Morgan Library in New York City is hosting the exhibition “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” until May 10 this year. However, there are also two Tolkien conferences coming up next weekend – it’s Tolkien Weekend!

The Morgan Library and the New York Tolkien Conference (see also the new website, added Feb 4, 2024) people teamed up to provide two days of excellent talks in New York City. It comes as no surprise that both events have been sold out for quite some time but I still wanted you to know about it – last minute chances, right?

On March 16th Tolkien and Inspiration: A Multidisciplinary Symposium will take place at the Morgan Library and will have John Garth, author of Tolkien & the Great War, Nicholas Birns, Adjunct Instructor at New York University, Chris Vaccaro, editor of Tolkien & Alterity, Kristine Larsen, Professor of Astronomy at the Central Connecticut State University, and Leslie Donovan, editor of Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works.

On March 17th the New York Tolkien Conference will take place at Baruch College and will have a total of 19 speakers so to name but a few: David Bratman, co-editor of the journal Tolkien Studies, Janet Brennan Croft, author of War in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Jason Fisher, editor of Tolkien and the Study of His Sources, and Jared Lobdell, who published A Tolkien Compass.

New York City Tolkien Conference. Poster: (c) Luke Spooner
New York City Tolkien Conference. Poster: (c) Luke Spooner

Please note that due to the space limitations of your everyday blog post I could not have listed each and everyone of the speakers and most certainly not all of their excellent work. If you would like to know more about them have a look for the March 17th event and for the March 16th event on their respective websites.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Exhibition

But even better – not only will the #TolkienNYC2019 weekend happen thanks to this wonderful cooperation between the Morgan Library and the New York City Tolkien Conference there also is the amazing Tolkien exhibition to visit!

NOTA BENE: Admission to Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth is available on a first-come first-served basis. Advanced admission sales are not available for this exhibition. Due to capacity restrictions, access to the exhibition during Free Friday hours is not guaranteed.

For more information about the exhibition please visit the official website.

The Tolkienist will be at the Tolkien Weekend!

It may be the understatement of the century to say I am broke – I know of no freelance translator who ever became rich 🙂 – but I had to make it possible to participate in this event and to see the New York City version of the Tolkien exhibition.

So, come up and say hi if you’re in New York City for the weekend and buy me a pint (or maybe I’ll buy you one, stranger things have happened!)

I’ll be posting updates via my Twitter account The_Tolkienist and, if I find the time, via Instagram on behalf of the #TolkienTribe as well.

Marcel R. Bülles

Marcel R. Bülles is the author of, a specialist blog centering on worldwide Tolkien fandom, geekdom and research. He works as a freelance translator, journalist and writer and is the founder of the German Tolkien Society as well as a co-founder to RingCon, Europe's formerly biggest fantasy film convention. You can find him in cafés all over the world sipping an espresso blogging, writing, reading. At one point he was married to an extremely lovely French lady by the nickname of Sauron. Yes, that Sauron. He is also active with the International Tolkien Fellowship on Facebook and the Tolkien Folk on Instagram.

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  1. 4. February 2024

    […] exhibition on Tolkien at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford was in December 2017. Thanks to the New York Tolkien Weekend of March 16-17, 2019 and Anthony Del Aversano from the Morgan who gave an introductory presentation […]