Exactly 100 years ago after Tolkien fought in the Battle of the Somme, it’s time to see how it shaped The Lord of the Rings. John Garth, author of the award-winning biography Tolkien and the Great War and Fellow in Humanistic Studies at the Black Mountain Institute, reveals how the return of long-suppressed memories of the battle, and of friends lost there, sparked an outpouring of creativity that put World War I at the heart of his masterpiece. You will not want to miss this special Saturday, In the Know program in conjunction with They Shall Not Pass | 1916 exhibition. Book signing to follow event. FREE with RSVP.