J. R. R. Tolkien’s astounding triumph The Lord of the Rings is perhaps the greatest imaginative story of the twentieth century. I have returned time and time again to these tales of loyalty, courage, wisdom, hope, endurance, and self-sacrificial love. I am excited about teaching these books because I want everyone to read and enjoy them as much as I have.
In this class my students and I will meet weekly throughout the semester to read and discuss this epic fantasy together. Course grade will be based on class discussion, story comprehension, and three written essays on various themes.