On August 10, 991, an English Earl dramatically lost a battle against Vikings. In 1953, an English professor published a rather unusual text in the journal Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association. What this has to do with each other and why this text is unusual will be illuminated in the lecture Englishmen versus Vikings. Also, of course, what a tea trolley has to do with it.
And to explain what all this has to do with MagicCon: The professor was, of course, Tolkien, whom we experience here several times in a way that is not so often portrayed, even if it was so important in his life: as a scientist studying Old English poetry. As an author and performer of theatrical scenes. The occasion for addressing this topic this year in particular is a new book that brings these texts together.