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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth Adventures, Part One

Join Mr. Pyne in discovering the spiritual depth and moral insights that make Tolkien’s storytelling a unique and enriching experience. We will embark on an enchanting journey through Middle Earth and explore the profoundly Catholic themes woven into these timeless works of literary brilliance.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: The ability to read and enjoy the works

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade 

Suggested credit: One full semester Literature or Modern Literature. Follow with Part Two in the spring for a full-year credit


JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and his epic saga The Lord of the Rings defined a whole genre of literature in the mid-20th century and continues to inspire and instruct its readers in genuine and faith-filled adventure. The depth of Tolkien’s writing is an unparalleled treasure trove as an aid and inspiration for the Christian journey.


Weeks 1-6: Introduction to JRR Tolkien and The Hobbit

Weeks 7-12: The Fellowship of the Ring

Materials and Homework

Materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – any unabridged edition is acceptable.

Homework: Students will read the works according to the reading schedule. There will be weekly quizzes, which are auto-graded by the computer for immediate feedback.

Important Dates

Class dates: Mondays, September 9 to December 9, 2024. No class Oct. 21 (mid semester break) & Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving break) OR Wednesdays, September 11 to December 11, 2024. No class Oct. 23 (mid semester break) & Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving break)

Starting time: Monday: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific) OR Wednesday: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 Minutes

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