Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English and specialist on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. I also lecture on science fiction, children’s literature and myth and folklore.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the Bodleian Libraries and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, will mount a display of original drawings from the Tolkien archive and host a panel discussion on reactions to Tolkien’s work, then and now, on 29th October 2015.
The panel discussion will be held in the Lecture Theatre in the Weston Library, 5-6pm. The speakers will be Professor Andy Orchard, the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, a position formerly held by Tolkien; Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University and specialist in Tolkien and fantasy literature; and Dr Patrick Curry, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter and writer on Tolkien. The session will be chaired by Dr Stuart Lee, lecturer in English at the University of Oxford and editor of A Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien (2014). The discussion will be followed by drinks in Blackwell Hall, 6-7pm.
Recent Events and Publications
- December 2014: Presenting the BBC iWonder guide on Tolkien and the Welsh language (see Media)
- June 2015: Open lecture at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University, on “Welsh heritage for teenagers: Re-writing the ‘Mabinogion’ in Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider“
- July 2015: article for The Conversation: “After 150 years, we still haven’t solved the puzzle of Alice in Wonderland” (see Publications)
- July 2015: I organized two sessions on Tolkien, took part in a rountable discussion, and presented a paper for a session organized by the Tales after Tolkien Society at IMC Leeds.
- September 2015: lecture on “Constructions of Childhood in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium” at Oxonmoot, the Tolkien Society’s annual gathering in Oxford.