On October 16-18, 2020, the JRRT Editorial Committee met at the International Franciscan Center for Dialogue (CEFID) in Assisi. The Committee organizes and coordinates the great exhibition on J.R.R. TOLKIEN, entitled Tree of Tales, which will take place next August during the annual Rimini Meeting sponsored by the Communion and Liberation Movement (CL).
This initiative aims to present the biography and work of the famous Oxford writer, professor and philologist, who became particularly famous for his Legendarium (which includes The Lord of the Rings, his most famous literary creation).
The exhibit is being organized by the University of St. Andrew (Scotland) and the University of Oxford (England), in collaboration with academics and specialists from Italy, the United Kingdom, the USA, Poland, Spain, France and Germany. One person attended the meeting from the UK, using an online platform.
It should be mentioned that J.R.R. TOLKIEN stayed in Assisi in 1955, while he was finalizing the drafts of the last part of his Trilogy. A fervent and deeply Catholic man, Tolkien was fascinated by the Seraphic City and the Poverello.
Friar Guglielmo SPIRITO, OFM Conv., is a member of the JRRT Editorial Committee and serves as its theological consultant. He invited the Committee President, Professor Giuseppe PEZZINI, and the other Committee members (from Piedmont, Puglia and Umbria, Italy), to gather in Assisi, to honor the life of Professor TOLKIEN and to visit the places he frequented.
Friar Jerzy NOREL, Delegate General for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue