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SOLD OUT Fact & Fiction: The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring



Note: this program is now sold out. Tickets are available for the next two screenings in this series, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

Fact and Fiction is back with a very special trilogy! Join us as we screen the first film in the Lord of the Rings series, along with a lightning lecture on J.R.R. Tolkien's Nordic and Norse inspirations.

Chairs will be provided, but please feel free to bring whatever you need to be comfortable (blankets, seat cushions, etc.)! Costumes are always welcome.

About the Lightning Lecture: 

Landscapes and Land-spirits in The Fellowship of the Ring

Dr. Lauren Poyer explores inspirations for the Barrow-downs and Tom Bombadil in Old Norse sources about barrow-dwellers and land-spirits, which were part of Scandinavian faith traditions before and after the conversion to Christianity.

About the Movie:

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

About the Series:

Welcome to Fact & Fiction, a new series where we ask, "how accurate is this?" Together, we'll screen some of Hollywood's most popular movies that reference or are (loosely) based on Nordic history and culture, and separate the facts from the fiction.


  • Lauren Poyer

    Lauren Poyer

    Dr. Lauren Poyer is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.