Hobbits Elves and Wizards on 21st Century Radio December 16, 2001

Middle Earth, Moria, Gandalf, Galadriel, Frodo, Bilbo Baggins: The places and characters that sprang from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien will live forever in the imaginations of millions of readers. Our first guest, Michael Stanton, a devoted scholar of science fiction and fantasy literature who teaches Tolkien at the University of Vermont, offers and extraordinary encounter with The Lord of the Rings. Believing that there is no epic of contemporary literature to match The Lord of the Rings, Stanton delves critically into the richness of the story. He explores the intricacies of its dialogue and illuminates the idiosyncratic nature of its characters. He looks at places, dreams, notions of time and history. Eschewing academic jargon, Stanton provides an intriguing look at Tolkien's fantasyscapes that ultimately shows how all of these parts meld into a singularly compelling work of art that lives and breathes. For those who have read and loved the Lord of the Rings, Stanton embarks on an exploration of Tolkien's genius, painting a rich and wonderful critical protrait of the world he created, a portrait that no one who truly hopes o understand Tolkien's vision will want to be without. Michael Stanton has been teaching English literature at the University of Vermont since 1971. During his tenure there, he inaugurated the standard course on science fiction and fantasy literature and has taught Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings every year. He has written on science fiction and fantasy literature as well as on Dickens and Melville.

Our second guests will be twin brothers Greg and Tim Hildebrandt will will explain how they conceptualized and modeled their three years of Tolkien calendar paintings in the mid 1970s. Greg Hildebrant, Jr. has just published a book about it called The Tolkien Years which you can learn more about at http://www.spiderwebart.com.

We'll also be giving out more Lord of the Rings prizes, including action figures from Toybiz and trading cards from Topps!

Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 7 PM Eastern.
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