J.R.R. Tolkien left an indelible mark on fantasy literature. Join William Fliss, curator of Marquette University’s renowned Tolkien manuscript collection, for a fast paced and engaging journey through the creative genius of this immensely influential fantasy author. Along the way, Fliss will describe Tolkien’s creative process, referencing manuscripts from Marquette’s collection to tell the fascinating tale of how Tolkien produced his two most famous works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
After the talk, Fliss will be conducting interviews with Tolkien fans until 6pm. He will ask convention goers about the influence Tolkien has had on them and record answers that will be included in an oral history collection.
An ardent Tolkien fan since childhood, William Fliss assumed his dream job as curator of Marquette University’s J. R. R. Tolkien manuscript collection in 2012. Since then, Fliss has taught classes at Marquette on Tolkien and assisted scholars in the archives researching Tolkien’s life and works. He has also collaborated on Tolkien Exhibitions in Oxford, New York, and Paris.
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William Fliss, curator of Marquette University’s renowned Tolkien manuscript collection, will give talk on the influential author