Are you a lover of J.R.R. Tolkien who wants to learn more about the rich depths of his mythology? This class is for you.
September 8-November 30. Register by Sep 4!
Tolkien Lord of the Rings Class Description
The Lord of the Rings, written by Oxford professor J.R.R. Tolkien in the mid-1900s, might just be the single greatest literary work of the twentieth century, and one of the greatest works of all time.
Countless people have fallen in love with his story of hobbits, wizards, elves, and evil rings. The complexities behind these closely-drawn tales of Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf, and company, make this mythology deeply appealing. Delving further into the background of Tolkien’s mind and writings reveals a dragon-horde of rich layers upon layers within the story.
This 8-12 week study will take you through Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, exploring mythical, moral, and linguistic themes of the stories. At the same time, you’ll study Tolkien’s life, in order to understand how his experiences shaped his writings. By the end, you’ll be enriched in both mind and heart by these phenomenal works.
1. Private online group setting in which to discuss the stories and respond creatively with interpretations, speculations, essays, poems—maybe even songs!
2. You must obtain your own copy of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as well as Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter.
3. Free digital “productivity short” of Spin: Taking Your Creativity to the Nth Degree
Please Note: Students in school wishing to receive a grade for the class should alert the instructor at the beginning, to go over required assignments.
8 Week Reading & Writing Workshops Include
• A full read-through of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
• Discussion questions and observations to prod your thinking
• The opportunity to respond creatively with short essays, poems, songs, art (and, if any art, writing, video, or music is publishable, the chance to have your work recommended to Tweetspeak Poetry for possible publishing)
12 Week Reading & Writing Workshops Additionally Include
• Exploring literary criticism and additional readings from Tolkien tied to the books
• Movies vs. books discussion
• The opportunity to present a final creative project in response to your reading (and, if it is publishable—art, writing, video, or music—the chance to have your work recommended to Tweetspeak Poetry for possible publishing)
Your Workshop Leader
Chris Yokel teaches writing and literature to students at Johnson & Wales University and Bristol Community College, and has been teaching music, literature, writing, public speaking, and philosophy for over 10 years. He received his M.A. in English from Bridgewater State University, where he focused on British fantasy, and his B.A. in Philosophy from Whitefield College. Some of his favorite poets and authors include the guy (girl?) who wrote Beowulf, Dante, T.S. Eliot, Louis MacNeice, Billy Collins, Luci Shaw, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, N.D. Wilson, and Stephen Lawhead. He is a proud fantasy nerd, and has read a ridiculous number of Tolkien’s writings.
BUY NOW • 8 WEEK WORKSHOP $350 + $10 Late Registration Fee
BUY NOW • 12 WEEK WORKSHOP $420 + $10 Late Registration Fee
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