This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
High school students — continue learning JRR Tolkien’s masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — with in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer — where you can learn the saga, the symbols, and heroism that inspires us today.
Considered by many to be the greatest books of the 20th century, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are JRR Tolkien’s masterpieces of epic fiction. Over the course of two semesters, we will examine The Hobbit and the three books of The Lord of the Rings in depth. We will answer the questions
What are the Christian elements in these stories?
How does this saga show us how to combat sin and be heroic in our own lives?
What are the deeper meanings and symbols in Tolkien’s overall mythology?
How did Tolkien himself view his own work?
Why did he call The Lord of the Rings “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work”?
This course will be a complete immersion in the beauty and mystery of Middle Earth. And it will be a real adventure! We will rely not only on the texts of the books themselves, but also on supplementary material, such as selections from The Letters of JRR Tolkien and The Silmarillion. Join Bilbo and Frodo on an epic adventure of classes that you won’t want to miss!
Each week we will read and study our ways through these books! We will study The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring in the first semester; The Two Towers & The Return of the King in the second semester.
Course Materials: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (any edition). Additional material provided as PDF files by the instructor.
Homework: Quizzes and Final Project. This will be a challenging course – but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework per week.