Happy New Year! Let's start this year with Academia Lunare and the new CfP 2021:
Not the Fellowship. Dragons Welcome.
Writers are invited to engage with a fictional character of choice from any of Tolkien’s works who is not part of The Lord of the Rings’ Fellowship. Though they can be characters of LOTR.
Friends, foes or neutral; dead or undead; divine beings, beasts (of the mythical or animal variety), or other. We welcome all. Bill the Pony, though undoubtedly an honorary member of the Fellowship at least according to Sam, is - for our purposes - fair game.
The purpose of this Call for Papers aims, on the one hand, at bringing to the fore more of Tolkien’s characters who do not receive the same attention as the Fellowship. On the other hand, we want to tackle these less appreciated characters in new ways, and in the light of a contemporary sensibility.
Below is some food for thought, though it should not restrict your own ideas.
Characters can be analysed, explored, critiqued, and generally tackled from any angle of your choice.
They can be considered from within the fictional context of their stories (or in particular episodes): their effectiveness, fallacies, strengths and weaknesses.
You can trace the origins of a character, Tolkien’s inspiration if you like, and their historical background.
Characters can also be looked at as created in response to a wider socio-economic-cultural context, with all that it comports.
Intersectional approaches to a character, through the lens of race, class, and gender
Wider issues raised by a character such as their reception by past or current fans and readership
In the spirit of all Academia Lunare’s CfPs, you are welcome to tackle the characters through the lens of adaptation, either in the Jackson films, the animated films, videogames, art, fanart, fanfiction.
All the details about submitting are on the Academia Lunare page. Please visit it before submitting! Closing Date: 31st of August 2021.
It is a very exciting project, and we are looking forward to reading your papers!