|dc.description.abstract||The following paper aims to address Tolkien’s grave as a multi-layered site of memory. First, the regular functions of funerary monuments are discussed and put into perspective of cultural memory studies. The role of epitaphs is analysed, as well as the practice of visiting famous authors’ graves developed during the 19 th century, and very much alive today. Second, Tolkien’s own epitaph is considered as his personal statement and a testimony to his desire to set in stone the connection between his marriage and the story of Beren and Lúthien. Special attention is then given to the current reception and memory practices related to Tolkien’s final resting place, stressing its distinctive role as a pilgrimage site. Third, the results of a survey conducted among Tolkien fans in January 2021 are examined to ascertain what visiting the grave meant for them, as well as illustrate their attitudes towards the site, the epitaph, and their understanding of the messages the monument conveys. Finally, in addition to individual, private visits and acts of remembrance, the ceremony of Enyalië, the final stage of Oxonmoot, is considered as an organised commemorative act which adds new layers of meaning and enhances the mnemonic capacity of Tolkien’s grave as a site of memory.||en_US|
|dc.publisher||Luna Press Publishing, Edinburgh||en_US|
|dc.title||Tolkien’s Grave as a Site of Memory||en_US|
|dc.relation.publication||Twenty-First Century Receptions of Tolkien: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Winter Seminar 2021||en_US|
|dc.contributor.affiliation||Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts||en_US|
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