Tolkien I & II (2018-2019()

From: $49.00 / month for 6 months

Tolkien I & II is a literature class for ages 13 and up. Over the course of the school year, students will meet for weekly recitations with Dr. Jonathan McIntosh to discuss the readings through live video conferencing. See description below for details on what is covered in each semester.

Price: $599 for full year off instruction (Tolkien I & II). Semester and payment options available. 
Weekly Recitation
: Wednesday, 1:00-2:30 Pacific Standard Time
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan McIntosh
Credit: 1 Literature or English Credit for full-year class. Eligible for Dual Enrollment at New Saint Andrews College.

NOTE: This class is still pending final confirmation. Please send us a quick note ( if you are interested in this class before purchasing. 


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Dual Enrollment?

Students in their Junior and Senior year of high school can pursue dual enrollment for college credit. See Dual Enrollment tab below.

Product Description

Tolkien I

Tolkien I (Fall Semester) covers some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s less familiar and more challenging works. The course begins with a reading and discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s well-known essay of literary criticism, “On Fairy-Stories,” before turning to consider how he implemented many of those ideas in his own fairy-story, “Smith of Wooten Major.” From there, the bulk of the semester will be spent on a work many have started but few have finished, The Silmarillion, in which is told the history of the Elves in Middle-earth beginning with the creation of the world and leading up to the period of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The semester will conclude with a reading of Tolkien’s profound and delightful allegory and self-parodying short story, “Leaf by Niggle.” Throughout this class, special attention will be given both to Tolkien’s literary craft and to his philosophical and theological thought.

Tolkien II 

Tolkien II (Spring Semester) is devoted to a reading and discussion of Tolkien’s famous masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. While Tolkien II may be taken separately from Tolkien I, this course will nevertheless draw upon and apply many of the literary, philosophical, and theological insights developed in Tolkien I.

Required Books for Tolkien I: 

Required Books for Tolkien II: 

  • The Lord of the Ring’s Trilogy, Tolkien

Jonathan McIntosh is a Fellow of Humanities at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, where he teaches courses in philosophy, theology, political philosophy, economics, and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Dallas, and his doctoral dissertation, The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie, is due out in the fall of 2017. He and his wife Annie have four daughters.

Minimum age: 13 years old.

Each student must have and be prepared to use on first day of class:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam. (If you need a webcam: GOOD | BEST)


This class is eligible for Dual Enrollment at New Saint Andrews College.

How does it work?
High school students taking this class in their Junior or Senior year can receive both high school and college credit for this course. Students can earn up to 2 elective at New Saint Andrews College.

Here is what to do:
– Let us know that you want to pursue the dual enrollment option (During checkout or by contacting us)
Apply as a non-matriculating student at New Saint Andrews College
– Pay the credit-hour fee to New Saint Andrews College. $250/credit hour.