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Fact & Fiction: The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers



Fact and Fiction is back with a very special trilogy! Join us as we screen the second 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 Movie:

In the second part of the Tolkien trilogy, Frodo Baggins and the other members of the Fellowship continue on their sacred quest to destroy the One Ring—but on separate paths. Their destinies lie at two towers: Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupt wizard Saruman awaits, and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

About the Lightning Lecture:

Helmets and Halls in The Two Towers

Dr. Colin Connors explores inspirations for Tolkien’s Riders of Rohan [Rohirrim] with a closer look at medieval archaeology, including grave goods from Vendel and Valgårde in Sweden and Sutton Hoo, England, with a nod as well to Viking-age architecture.

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.


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    Colin Connors

    Dr. Colin Gioia Connors is a lecturer and electronic media producer in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, where he teaches classes in Viking studies and folkloristics and produces the department’s outreach podcast "Crossing North." His research includes landscape archaeology, Old Norse studies, North American Indigenous communities, and digital storytelling.