The Conference

The Conference is aimed towards academic fans and J.R.R. Tolkien scholars. The theme is; 'Welsh influences in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien'. The talks are designed to be longer and more in-depth than the Fan Exposition program talks. Ticket price includes admission to The Festival, but not to the Fan Exposition. If you have already purchased just a conference ticket, you can do both by upgrading to the VIP ticket for the difference in price.

The conference will be held in the village hall nearby the Pavilion. Talks will take place in the village hall library, which has this lovely stain glass window. Read more about the village hall and area history here

Tickets on the door are £250 or at a discounted price of £190 if registered before the 1st of July. These prices include general admission to the Festival, but not to the Collectors Exposition. The different entrance prices are aimed towards different levels of interest, from beginners to experienced. However, we encourage you to become an experienced fan by purchasing a Fan Exposition ticket also.

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VIP Tickets
These very special tickets priced at £260 are for the most discerning of Tolkien fans. As VIP tickets holders you will receive priority entrance to The Festival, The Exposition and The Conference. You will also receive special discounts and offers throughout the Festival. Also, the first 100 VIP tickets holders will receive a special invitation to attend our ‘VIP Only’ Saturday night party in the Bellevue Hotel right on the waterfront in Aberystwyth. The guest speakers and artists from the Festival will be in attendance and this will allow you, as a VIP ticket holder, to meet them in a more relaxed and intimate fashion. As there are a limited number of these tickets, we would encourage you to purchase them as soon as possible.

The conference takes place at Pafiliwn Bont, Wales’ centrally located multi-purpose venue.

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Welsh influences in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien

An academic conference held in conjunction with Festival in the Shire, August 13-15, 2010 at Pafiliwn Bont, Wales.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is an author of world reputation, but not many people know of his love for the Welsh language and his debt to Celtic literature. Welsh fascinated J.R.R. Tolkien from childhood, when he first encountered Welsh names on coal-trucks arriving to the railway station at the back of his house in Birmingham. In his youth he started creating an invented language based on Welsh phonology and grammar, which was later to become Sindarin, the language of the Grey Elves of Middle-earth.

J.R.R. Tolkien was familiar with medieval Welsh texts such as the “Mabinogion” and was fascinated by the Arthurian legend and knew of its Welsh origins. He made a number of trips to Wales, developed friendships with Welsh academics, and published his long narrative poem “The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun” in the New Welsh Review. J.R.R. Tolkien’s shorter works like Farmer Giles of Ham and Roverandom also betray his knowledge of the topography and legends of Wales.

Perhaps the most important proof of the role of Welsh on J.R.R. Tolkien’s imaginative mythology and his linguistic sensibilities is his 1955 O’Donnell Lecture “English and Welsh”. In this lecture, which was delivered just a day after the publication of The Return of the King, the third part of his novel The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien commented on the Welsh flavour of many proper and place-names of Middle-earth, claiming that this linguistic style gave pleasure to his readers more than anything else.

Papers and presentations that focus on Welsh influences in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien are encouraged, although all proposals related to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien will be considered.

Please email your proposal (keep under 500 words) and your contact information to

Click here for a list of websites on self-guided tours of Tolkien-related sites in Oxford

The whole area is major tourist destination during the August summer holiday and area accommodation will fully book up. Therefore if you require accommodation BOOK ACCOMMODATION AND TICKETS NOW.

Festival in the Shire; A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired will contain themes from the books; The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by the author J.R.R. Tolkien as well as his son Christopher Tolkien. Many new fans are only familiar with The Lord of the Rings movie and eagerly await the new Hobbit movie. We hope to enlighten both new and old fans with the huge variety of J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien inspired books, art, paintings, collectibles, memorabilia, games, computer games, toys, statues, movie memorabilia etc. available to collect and enjoy. There are literally thousands of different items.

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