John Garth: Author Chat and Q&A

The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien cover
Join us at 1pm ET on July 24, 2020, for an author chat and Q&A with renowned Tolkien expert John Garth.


John Garth
John Garth
Visiting Lecturer
Kristine Ainsworth Swank
Librarian; Preceptor; Lecturer
Gabriel Schenk
Gabriel Schenk
Lecturer; Preceptor


July 24, 2020 - 1:00 pm EDT


July 24, 2020 - 2:00 pm EDT

Join us this coming Friday 24th July, 1pm Eastern, for a chat and live Q&A with Tolkien scholar John Garth. We’ll be discussing his latest critically-acclaimed book The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, soon to be featured in a new course at Signum University this fall.

This book takes you to the places that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien to create his fictional locations in The Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit, and other classic works. Written by renowned Tolkien expert John Garth, The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien features a wealth of breathtaking illustrations, including Tolkien’s own drawings, contributions from other artists, rare archival images, and spectacular color photos of contemporary locations across Britain and beyond, from the battlefields of World War I to Africa.

Garth identifies the locales that served as the basis for Hobbiton, the elven valley of Rivendell, the Glittering Caves of Helm’s Deep, and many other settings in Middle-earth, from mountains and forests to rivers, lakes, and shorelands. He reveals the rich interplay between Tolkien’s personal travels, his wide reading, and his deep scholarship as an Oxford don. Garth draws on his profound knowledge of Tolkien’s life and work to shed light on the extraordinary processes of invention behind Tolkien’s works of fantasy. He also debunks popular misconceptions about the inspirations for Middle-earth and puts forward strong new claims of his own.

An illustrated journey into the life and imagination of one of the world’s best-loved authors, The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien provides a unique exploration of the relationship between the real and the fantastical and is an essential companion for anyone who wants to follow in Tolkien’s footsteps.

John Garth is also the author of Tolkien and the Great War (2003), and the lecturer for the Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth course at Signum.