Sections [Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Classes meet from June 12, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Summer Term
There is currently no teacher website for this course.
A systematic attempt to explore the many facets of J. R. R. Tolkien's creation (relying on the books, not the movies). We examine Tolkien's world-building, his use of language, his theology of "subcreation", and facets of his life and professional work as a philologist. It is intended to be a fun course that will nevertheless open the doors to the variety of creative literary discourse.
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
This is intended to be a fairly undemanding course in terms of preparation: it is expected that any student signing up for the class will already have readThe Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Other materials such as The Silmarillion are welcome but not required. During the week students are expected to think about various problems mentioned the previous week, but there is no formal preparation or report-writing required.
No special background required.
Textbooks and Materials
The Hobbit: or There and Back Again J. R. R. Tolkien
This text is required. ISBN: 0618002219 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
This text is required. ISBN: 0618640150 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: Any edition will suffice.
The Silmarillion J. R. R. Tolkien
This text is recommended; purchase and use is optional. ISBN: 0345325818 Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore Other information: Not required, but the next logical step after reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.