Readings in J. R. R. Tolkien
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

ENG 2400 - Readings in J. R. R. Tolkien

This course lets students read the works of J. R. R. Tolkien widely and deeply, going beyond the most famous texts they may already know to his short fiction, essays, poetry, and mythology. The course examines the historical, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts of Tolkien's works; their Christian themes and sympathies; and their powerful influence on modern culture. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the myths that Tolkien draws upon in the creation of his own vast mythology. They will also learn about his language-creation process, the reception of his work in music and art, and the spiritual and philosophical underpinnings of his tales. While the course is reading-heavy rather than writing-heavy, students will make reflective or artistic responses to Tolkien's work. 

Credit Hours: 3

Term Offered: Spring