ONLINE CLASS: Tolkien’s Time Travel Stories (2359)

Four Sundays: June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET Online

$130.00 Per Person (10% off for members)

Lecture and discussion. Questions encouraged, opinions invited. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lost Road sends characters from his contemporary England back into the past of his Middle-earth. This class will feature J.R.R. Tolkien's two little-known, unfinished time-travel stories. The Lost Road sends characters from his contemporary England dreaming their way back into the storm-haunted past of Númenor. The Notion Club Papers brings the same storm into the present to blow through an Inklings-like gathering of Oxford dons, carrying with it wind, rain, ancient identities and a new language.

This class will feature two experts in their fields—Verlyn Flieger, Tolkien expert, and Carl F. Hostetter, the editor of The Nature of Middle-earth. Carl will join the June 25th class. 

Schedule: Four Sundays: June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET Online

June 4—Flieger: Lost Road

June 11—Flieger: Notion Club Papers Pt. 1

June 18—Flieger: Notion Club Papers Pt. II.

June 25*—Hostetter & Flieger: The Drowning of Anaduné 


Class book from Blackwells: 

Sauron Defeated: The End of the Third Age (The History of the Lord of the Rings Part IV): The Notion Club Papers, and The Drowning of Anaduné - The History of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor) ISBN: 9780261103054

This book is published by HarperCollins and available only in the UK. See Blackwells



Verlyn Flieger is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, where for 36 years she taught courses in Tolkien, Medieval Literature, and Comparative Mythology. She is the author of five critical books on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, and There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien. She edited the Extended edition of Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major. With Carl Hostetter she edited Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, and with Douglas A. Anderson she edited the Expanded Edition of Tolkien On Fairy-Stories. With Michael Drout and David Bratman she is a co-editor of the yearly journal Tolkien Studies. She has also published two fantasy novels, Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww, an Arthurian novella, Avilion, and the short stories "Green Hill Country" and "Igraine at Tintagel."

Carl F. Hostetter is a recently retired Computer Engineer for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His chief scholarly interest has been the invented languages of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is a member of the small team appointed by Christopher Tolkien to edit and publish Tolkien’s extensive linguistic writings, which record Tolkien's evolving conceptual development and descriptions of the invented languages of Middle-earth across six decades. These edited texts are published in the journals Parma Eldalamberon and Vinyar Tengwar, the latter of which he has edited since 1989. He also edited, at Christopher Tolkien’s invitation, the recent volume The Nature of Middle-earth (2021), a collection of Tolkien’s last writings on the lands, inhabitants, and metaphysics of Middle-earth.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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