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Tolkien’s Table Motif and the Importance of Positive Cultural Liturgies (Arthur Hunt)

July 20, 2019

This lecture addresses the significance of J. R. R. Tolkien’s table motif as not only a time to enjoy the feast but also an opportunity to replenish the soul. In both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings the sharing of meals are episodes of wonder, hospitality, and renewal in contrast to the travail and despair of the road. Furthermore, Tolkien’s table motif signals the importance of establishing positive cultural liturgies in our age of distraction.

-Arthur W. Hunt III,  Professor of Communications at The University of Tennessee at Martin