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Course Description

Summer 2015 • Grade 7 and above • Literature Sequence

For reference only; see current year course listing for course availability and details.

Looking at Middle-earth

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.

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Bruce McMenomy

Starts: June 16, 2015
Ends: August 11, 2015

Tuesday 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET

Tuition: $200.00



Textbooks and Materials

This textbook is required:

The Hobbit: or There and Back Again , Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien

ISBN: 0618002219

Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore


This textbook is required:

The Lord of the Rings , Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien

ISBN: 0618640150

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Other information: Any edition will suffice.


This book is recommended but not required and its use is optional:

The Silmarillion , Authors: J. R. R. Tolkien

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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Classes start August 31, 2020. Enroll by August 20 to attend orientation to avoid late enrollment fees.


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