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Course: Looking at Middle-earth

V Looking at Middle-earth • Offering for 2018 • Grade 7 or above • [Summer course] • Literature Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* 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.]
Section 1 Instructor: Bruce McMenomy
Classes meet from June 11, 2018 to August 10, 2018
Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Summer Term
Tuition: $200.00

* Website
There is currently no teacher website for this course.
* Description
Based on the books, not the movies, this course considers many facets of J. R. R. Tolkien’s mythic creation, especially as embodied in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. (Acquaintance with The Silmarillion or the multi-volume History of Middle-earth won’t go amiss, but is not required.) In a fairly free and un-pressured context, we look at Tolkien’s world-building, his use of language, his theology of “subcreation”, and certain facets of his life and professional work as a philologist that have a bearing on the vision he created. I’ve been a fan of Tolkien’s works since I was thirteen, and never tire of sharing them with a new generation.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* 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 read The 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.
* Prerequisites
None.
* Recommended background
No special background required.
V 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.


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