Section: Literature, Schools, Summer   |   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.  

This summer course is based on a previously-offered full year course, and the specific list of readings is not yet available.  Books studied will be taken from a list that includes 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.” Please check back for the official book list before purchasing.

The course is open to rising 9th through 12th graders.

We will unfortunately not be able to offer this course as planned due to the fact that Mr. (Major) Martin has been called to active duty military service in the US Army Chaplain Corps.

Summer 2022 Schedule:  One section; July 5-8 (Tu-Fr) and July 11-21 (Mo-Th)

*Summer 2022 will be the last time that a half-credit literature course will be offered.