Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Game of Thrones and The Hobbit worlds researched by academics in new specialist centre

© ?2015 Home Box Office, Inc. All7Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

Experts have set up a specialist centre to explore fantasy works such as The Hobbit, Game Of Thrones and Dungeons & Dragons.

Glasgow University is to become home to the world’s first ever research facility focusing on the fantasy genre.

The Gothic revival architecture of its Gilbert Scott building has often featured on screen, including in the time travelling TV series Outlander.

Based at the College of Arts, the centre will be led by Dr Dimitra Fimi, an expert on Tolkien, and Dr Rob Maslen, who created its Masters in fantasy literature.

Dr Maslen said: “Fantasy can be found everywhere in 21st-Century global culture – in films, TV shows, plays, games, comics, the visual arts and literature.

“The new centre allows us to pay close attention to this extraordinary phenomenon, its past, its present and its many possible futures.”

Students at the university are already researching fantasy in their PhDs, with one recent thesis exploring how younger readers receive Tolkien’s work much differently.

Another ongoing PhD is looking at urban society in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, while a third is examining how fantasy novels are dramatised on stage.