Tolkien and Classical Myth

Dr Hamish Williams is from The University of Groningen. From November 2021 to February 2022 Dr Williams was a junior fellow at The Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) in Warsaw.

Dr Hamish Williams, during his research stay at PIASt, gave lectures on Tolkien and Classical Myth. The meetings were held within the Our Mythical Childhood project on December 8th and 14th, 2021. Students of Mikołaj Rej XI High School in Warsaw, Bartłomiej Nowodworski I High School in Kraków, and “Strumienie” High School in Józefów met with Dr Williams to learn about the reception of Classical Antiquity in& J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature. The lectures were followed with questions from the audience and interesting discussions.

Meeting with students from Mikołaj Rej XI High School in Warsaw and from Bartłomiej Nowodworski I High School in Kraków. Photo by Olga Strycharczyk.

Lecture at “Strumienie” High School in Józefów.

Dr Williams presented his upcoming monograph J.R.R. Tolkien’s Utopianism and the& Classics within the cycle OBTAmistic Meeting at the Centre for Studies on the Classical Tradition (OBTA), Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, on January 24, 2022. You can watch the recording on Our Mythical YouTube channel:


Dr Williams also gave a lecture on The Modern Evolutions of the Minotaur: Epic, Horror, and Postmodern Narratives (October 20th, 2021) which was part of the seminar Our Mythical Childhood: “Metamorphoses” at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw.

Post by Olga Strycharczyk

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