Section: Literature   |   School: School of Rhetoric

J.R.R. Tolkien has been hailed in some quarters as the “Author of the Century.” The readership of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit continues to swell well into the 21st century. Students who quickly discover that Tolkien was a first-class storyteller are then pleasantly surprised to find out that he was a first-class scholar. This course explores the world behind and beyond The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. We will explore Tolkien’s life, the history of Middle-earth, and the stories that inspired Tolkien to produce the most rich “secondary world” that has ever been created by the human imagination.   Books studied will include a biography of Tolkien, his collection of letters his seminal essay entitled “On Faerie Stories”, The Silmarillion, The Children of Hurin, a collection of Norse myths, and short stories including “Leaf By Niggle”, “Smith of Wooten Major”, and “Farmer Giles of Ham.”