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I wasn't going to start a thread here, but then Inanna said (elsewhere):THE LORD OF THE RINGS was voted "the greatest book of the (20th) century" by four popular polls. It is uniquely, but anonymously, Catholic, by Tolkien's own description of it. We will share Frodo's dramatic journey (which is symbolically OUR journey too) at a leisurely pace, one book out of the six for each class, and discover many hidden treasures of wisdom along the way.
From my experience in teaching a course on Tolkien every two or three years at Boston College, I think it works best by simply following the plot of THE LORD OF THE RINGS through its six books in six weeks, one week for each book. Rereading THE LORD OF THE RINGS is something nearly everyone who reads it once wants to do anyway. My book THE PHILOSOPHY OF TOLKIEN is recommended as a guide, especially since it uses Tolkien's own letters to interpret his book; but it is not required or presupposed.
TAUGHT ONLINE USING ZOOM ON JUNE 22, JUNE 29, JULY 6, JULY 13, JULY 20, JULY 27 AT 7 PM PDT
So please join in. Post your pre-class reflections if you want to. I've already done my homework and read the first book, and part of the second. You still have time to sign up and read the first book (about 200 pages, hardbound) before the first class on June 22.