Meeting for the Friendship Amongst Peoples

The tree
of tales

Rimini 18–23 August 2020

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TEAM

More than 100 people involved

A project of the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with the Rimini Meeting, 60 volunteers, and a committee of 20 Tolkien experts, including Tom Shippey, Thomas Honegger, Martin Simonson, Guglielmo Spirito, Alison Milbank and many others.

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THEMES

Collaborating with Creation

For Tolkien, artistic creation, and, more generally, any aesthetic commitment of language and human imagination, are (divine) gifts that help recover an attitude of wonder in front of creation. This is the discovery at the heart of Tolkien’s work, that all humans are called to collaborate with their own desires and thoughts to a greater design, to contribute with their own individuality to the great polyphony of creation, and thus to graft their own particular story into the great ‘Tree of Tales’. 

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TOLKIEN EXPERTS

(…) he saw the King’s Tree springing up, tower upon tower, into the sky, and its light was like the sun at noon; and it bore at once leaves and flowers and fruits uncounted, and not one was the same as any other that grew on the Tree. (Smith of Wootton Major)

J.R.R. Tolkien

(…) he saw the King’s Tree springing up, tower upon tower, into the sky, and its light was like the sun at noon; and it bore at once leaves and flowers and fruits uncounted, and not one was the same as any other that grew on the Tree. (Smith of Wootton Major)

J.R.R. Tolkien

Structure

The purpose of the exhibition is to accompany the visitor on the adventure of ‘rediscovering the wonder’, through a fascinating reading of Tolkien’s work and life, in three sections.

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Material

The exhibition will display original material belonging to the Tolkieniano collection of Oronzo Cilli, and the archives of the university of St Andrews, as well as original textual and audio-visual material, informed by original research.

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Structure

The purpose of the exhibition is to accompany the visitor on the adventure of ‘rediscovering the wonder’, through a fascinating reading of Tolkien’s work and life, in three sections.

Explore the structure

Material

The exhibition will display original material belonging to the Tolkien collection of Oronzo Cilli, and the archives of the university of St Andrews, as well as original textual and audio-visual material, informed by original research.

Explore the material