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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Return of the King assures us that the ages-long evil of Satanic force in Sauron, which seems to dominate the world by its tyrannical government, can be defeated by those who love the good. Tolkien wanted the work to re-inspire and reinvigorate an age of world Wars when many have lost immediate contact with their Christian roots.

Total classes: 7

Prerequisite: Ability to read the book and ask questions

Suggested grade level: 9th to 10th grade. However, this is a timeless story to be enjoyed by all ages.

Suggested credit: ½ semester. For a full semester, precede with The Two Towers.


The Return of the King reaches into the realm of Arthurian Romance (which is itself based on the resurrection of the Christ), to offer a vision of Armageddon and world war where defeat means unguessed centuries of darkness, although victory means holding the darkness only at bay while creating a new civilization that will be attacked again someday. Here again, the personal sacrifice and faithfulness of individual creatures is the central necessity for the victory of massive institutions and allegiances. All literature is moral in its center, and great literature reflects great moral truth. It was Tolkien’s genius to express the great truths of Christian civilization in a way, which could re-inspire and reinvigorate an age where many have lost immediate contact with those Christian roots.


Class 1: Minas Tirith—The Passing of the Grey Company

Class 2: The Muster of Rohan—The Siege of Gondorde of the Rohirrim

Class 3: The Ride of the Rohirrim–The Houses of Healing

Class 4: The Last Debate—The Tower of Cirith Ungol

Class 5: The Land of Shadow—The Field of Cormallen

Class 6: The Steward and the King—Homeward Bound

Class 7: The Scouring of the Shire—The Grey Havens

Materials and Homework

Course materials: The Return of the King by J.R.R.Tolkien. Any unabridged edition will do.

Homework: Expect to read from 40-50 pages and so spend about two hours per week outside of class on reading and homework. There will be weekly automated-graded quizzes available for immediate feedback, as well as two exams, one in the middle and one at the end of the course. Please come to class with thoughts and questions about what you have read.

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