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Dive into what some call the greatest books of the 20th century — JRR Tolkien’s masterpieces of epic fiction: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Enjoy in-depth examination, analysis, and meaning for the believer, in this two-part literature series for middle school students.
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
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: Weekly quizzes. This will be a challenging course – but fun! Plan on about two hours of homework outside of the classroom per week.