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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Wings, Antennae, and Stings: Tolkien’s Creepy Crawlies at The Story Museum

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 14:00 to 15:15

We all remember Tolkien’s oversized arachnoids: the spiders of Mirkwood, the terrifying Shelob, and the primevally evil Ungoliant. But did you know that Tolkien’s early poems show the tell-tale signs of Victorian entomology, and feature tiny, insect-like fairies (rather his later awe-inspiring Elves)?

Join us for a talk to explore Tolkien’s mini-beasts and giant insects, from his early work, to his best-loved novels, and from spiders, bumble-bees and butterflies to invented bugs like “hummerhorns” and “nekerbreekers”!

This event is part of The Story Museum's National Insect Week 'Insects Through the Looking-Glass' exhibition supported by the Royal Entomological Society, running June 16th - July 7th. 

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