Dear Tolkien Enthusiasts, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Christ & Tolkien Conference has been rescheduled for May 19-21, 2022.
We know that this is now the second rescheduling that has happened for this event (originally scheduled for Oct. 2020 then for Oct. 2021). But because of the events of the global pandemic, we all understand why. But we will not give up, and the enthusiasm and hope for this event continue and grow.
If you bought tickets and the new dates don’t work for you, you can receive a full refund by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadlines for both the Call For Papers (CFP) and Call For Stories (CFS) have also been extended into 2022. If you submitted a paper or a story and want to withdraw your submission or have other concerns, please contact us and let us know (CFP: email@example.com; CFS: firstname.lastname@example.org).
We plan to keep the vision of holding such a wonderful conference in place and not to accept a “second best” of debuting as a wholly online conference. We continue to have an incredibly positive response, and we are more convinced than ever of the great need for creating and nurturing opportunities for Christians to share our mutual love for Middle-earth and all of Tolkien’s literary creations.
We pray that restrictions will soon be lifted and that the fight against this worldwide affliction will be fully victorious.
Meanwhile, keep praying, hold on, and we’ll see you next year. Forth Eorlingas!
The Christ & Tolkien Conference Planning Committee
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW.
Dr. Lisa Coutras, one of our three plenary speakers for the conference, appeared on the September 25 episode of the Amon Sûl Podcast to discuss her book Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty:
Tolkien scholar Dr. Lisa Coutras joins Fr. Andrew to talk the theology of beauty in Tolkien’s legendarium, including deep dives into the tales of Beren and Luthien and Turin Turambar. They wrap up with your indispensable wishlist items for a Hobbit birthday.
As part of the Christ & Tolkien Conference, a Call For Stories has been released. Approved submissions will be published in an edited anthology, be mentioned publicly at the conference, and also entitle the author to a free ticket to the conference!
Do you love the stories of J. R. R. Tolkien? Have you ever been inspired by them to write yourself?
Epic fantasy author and Russian Orthodox deacon Nicholas Kotar is editing a volume of original short fantasy stories inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s writing and the power of his work to envision Paradise.
In conjunction with the Christ and Tolkien Conference in Fall 2021, we are looking for submissions of stories that engage and grapple with imaginatively presenting a vision of paradise in a fallen world.
As a participant of the 2019 Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference said, there are few compelling visions of Paradise in the imaginative literature of the west outside of a few inklings in Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Now is your chance to do just that—write a story, inspired by Tolkien’s vision of the world to come, and even have it presented officially at the Christ and Tolkien conference in 2021!
Read the full release here.
Welcome to all our email and blog subscribers! Being the inaugural post for our blog, we’re going to give you a rundown of everything that’s been added to our website up to now:
Still coming: Call for Stories, plus information on featured lectures, music, films, panels, gaming, trivia & art contests and vendors.
Also be sure to subscribe to the Amon Sûl Podcast for not just Christian Tolkien content but also forthcoming interviews with our plenary speakers.