Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
|Title:||Tolkien’s Grave as a Site of Memory||First page:||58||Last page:||88||Related Publication(s):||Twenty-First Century Receptions of Tolkien: Proceedings of the Tolkien Society Winter Seminar 2021||Issue Date:||2022||Rank:||M33||URL:||https://www.tolkiensociety.org/events/tolkien-society-seminar-2021-no-1/||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.
|Publisher:||Luna Press Publishing, Edinburgh|
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