Weaver writes:

Matthew T. Dickerson, author of Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in the Lord of the Rings, will give a lecture titled “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Real Battle in the Lord of the Rings” on December 4 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York (Viggo’s alma mater). The lecture will be held at 8 PM in Room 113 of Griffiths Arts Center.

The author will argue that Tolkien’s original treatment of battles provides a very different picture than the films or video games present, by addressing such questions as “What is Gandalf’s real power and why does he display it only on rare instances?, “What is the essential power of the one ring and why do characters reject it?”, and “Does Tolkien glorify war and violence?”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 315-229-5011, or check the SLU website at www.stlawu.edu.