SOLD OUT ONLINE CLASS Tolkien on War: The Lord of the Rings (2231)

 Eight Sundays: February 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST Online

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Tolkien on War—Feb. 13, 20, 17 and Mar. 6, 13, 20,  27 and April 3.
J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the most fantastic fiction of the  20th century’s , also wrote one of its greatest war novels.  They are the same book.  We will read The Lord of the Rings not as fantasy but as realism in the context of its century and the wars that informed it.
 
Reading Schedule:
 
1.  The Fellowship of the Ring. Feb 13, 20.  
How Tolkien’s own war fueled his “mythology for England”  to The Fellowship, Hobbits on the Home Front, Bag End to Crickhollow. 
From the Shire to the River of Time we'll see the impact of war on those civilians whose lives they change.
 
2.  The Two Towers. Feb. 20, 27, March 6.
We follow J. R. R. Tolkien deep into the Secondary World  he called Middle-earth, but equally far into the Other World of war and combat that he knew firsthand.  Talking Trees and dead men's candles, Helm's Deep and Mordor Orcs will help us explore the fantastic yet realistic terrain of the battlefield of Tolkien’s imagination. 
 
3.  The Return of the King.  March 13, 20, 27, and April 3.
As the kingdoms of Middle-earth fight the domination of Mordor, Frodo fights the power of the Ring.   Orcs and Nazgûl, men on both sides, hobbits and wizards all will play their parts in the climax, eucatastrophe, and not altogether Happy Ending that brings to a close The Lord of the Rings.
   
Required Reading:
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (HMH) 50th anniversary edition--all three books in one volume: 9780544273443
 

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."

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The Lord Of The Rings Deluxe Edition Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9780544273443
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Published: Mariner Books - October 29th, 2013