When: Wednesday, June 21, at 6:30pm

Where: Belmont University in Nashville, TN, USA (Massey Business Center 413)

Who: Amy H. Sturgis, Ph.D.

What: The Magic Ring meets The Lord of the Rings. Before Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was the Baron de la Motte Fouqué’s The Magic Ring in 1813. Fouqué’s three-volume epic fantasy was immensely popular and influential when it was released. The Magic Ring shares many similar inspirations with Tolkien’s work, including the Icelandic Eddas, the Germanic Nibelungenlied, and the medieval interlace structure. Furthermore, The Magic Ring’s influence can be traced through William Morris and George MacDonald to Tolkien’s very understanding and writing of “fairy-stories.” How did this remarkable work become lost to English readers? Why is it important that it has been restored to fantasy readers and Tolkien fans now? Learn about this important “missing link” in the tradition of The One Ring and its literary story across time!

For whom: The public is welcome at no charge

Where to find more information: belmont.edu and valancourtbooks.com