Can an academic conference be light-hearted?

Conference On Middle-earth 2015 is a light-hearted academic conference. Among the papers presented in 2011 was “Blondes Have More Fun!: Images of Legolas Greenleaf“, comparing Legolas with dark hair from the books to Legolas as a blonde in the movie.

Go Orlando Bloom!

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Call For Papers Posted At UofPenn

From our Call For Papers posted at the University Of Pennsylvania:

The Conference On Middle-earth 2015 solicits papers, paper proposals, and panel proposals from scholars interested in any aspect of The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Topics: J.R.R. Tolkien, his works, works based on Tolkien and his works, criticism, teaching Tolkien in the classroom, the books’ impact on oneself and/or the world, the films and the film industry, the music, the art, the fannish side of this universe and its impact, and anything you can imagine on topic. For examples of previous papers and panels, see the programming for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Conferences.

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Merry’s Mushrooms

From Middle-earth recipes. **

“They’re mine! Mrs. Maggot gave them to me- A Queen among farmers’ wives!” -Frodo, Fellowship of the Ring.

I onion, small dice
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 c. small mushrooms, washed (can also use large mushrooms sliced in half or quarters)
3 tbsp. oil
1 tbsp. thyme
2 c. water
2 tbsp. arrowroot
Salt&Pepper

In a medium pot or a deep pan, saute the onions and garlic in the oil until the onions are soft. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook for two more minutes.
Add 1 1/2 c. water and simmer uncovered for 15 min. Mix the arrowroot with the remaining 1/2 c. of water, and add to pot. Cook until thickened, approx. one minute. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately to hungry Hobbits (Or eat them all yourself :) )

 

**I couldn’t find a copyright or permissions notice, so if Middle-earth recipes wants me to take this down. I will.

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Mushroom Recipes For The Hungry Hobbit

I found a tasty collection of recipes over at Lord of the Rings Scrapbook. Their copyright notice at the bottom of the page says these are not to be re-transmitted. So instead of publishing their Mushroom recipes, I’ll just send you over there. Link open in a new window.

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Merchant Rates Added

Merchant tables now available for sale here. One table and one merchant are $50. Second merchant, $30. Tables are extremely limited, so if you want a second table ($25), contact me.

Merchant tables will be arranged around the back and back edges of the conference room, so you’ll be able to hear and participate in the conference. (And customers won’t need to leave your table to finish a sale!)

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