J. R. R. Tolkien and the Pardoner's Tale

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J.R.R. Tolkien and the Pardoner's Tale
Presentation by Dr. John Bowers, Department of English, UNLV

Join ACMRS and Dr. John Bowers for a look at Tolkien's extensive lectures on The Pardoner's Tale. In 1956, one year after publishing Return of the King Tolkien realizes that Chaucer's The Pardoner's Tale, a story about young men fighting to the death over gold, had found its way into The Lord of the Rings. This story is represented first with Sméagol and Deagol fighting over the gold ring and finally when the three hobbits fight again over the Ring inside Mount Doom.

John M. Bowers is a specialist in medieval English literature with books on Chaucer, Langland, and the Gawain Poet. His articles span the range from St. Augustine to Shakespeare. Educated at Duke, Virginia, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, he taught at Caltech and Princeton before beginning his career at UNLV in 1987. His work has been supported by fellowships from the NEH, Huntington Library, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His Great Courses series The Western Literary Canon in Context was released in 2008. He published his 9/11 novel End of Story and has completed his Iraq War novel Legion of the Daggerstone. His latest book project Tolkien’s Lost Chaucer is based on a long-forgotten edition discovered in an Oxford archive.

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