Have you ever wondered how J.R.R. Tolkien’s compelling and detailed fictional world developed? Would you like to study how stories and mythologies grow? Are you interested to read Tolkien’s early works published in The History of Middle-earth series, but you’ve been a little intimidated about beginning? Do you find that The Silmarillion just doesn’t contain enough names to suit you?
Join Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor and the president of the Mythgard Institute, for an in-depth nine-week study of The Book of Lost Tales, Part I, the first volume in Christopher Tolkien’s priceless History of Middle-earth series. As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the class is tuition-free and open to the public. The first 100 participants for each session are able to participate in the discussion live, and both video and audio recordings of the classes will be available on this web page, through the Mythgard podcast feed, and on our iTunes U course.
As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the class is tuition-free and open to the public. The first 100 participants for each session are able to participate in the discussion live, and both video and audio recordings of the classes will be available on this web page, through the Mythgard podcast feed, and on our iTunes U course.
Like all Mythgard Academy classes, this course is made possible by the generosity of everyone who supported our fundraising campaign last fall. The topics of our Academy classes are nominated and elected entirely by our generous donors. After their first foray into science fiction with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, the Mythgard Academy electors have turned back to Tolkien, choosing to follow up this winter’s popular study of Unfinished Tales with The Book of Lost Tales I.
If you missed our fundraising campaign but would still like to take part in our class voting process to decide our future topics for the rest of the year, it isn’t too late! Visit our donation page and help support our free classes!
– Dr. Corey Olsen
To help our students interact with each other and support one another in their learning, Mythgard provides several interaction opportunities. One is the chat available on this page (at the bottom right of this screen), which you can use to chat with other students during class. There is a little icon on the bottom left pane of the chat widget to open the chat in a separate window, which you should find useful. Next, we have a free forum open to all students, made possible through Signum University. We will use this forum as our class discussion board. You must register in order to use the forums, but this is a simple process of filling out the registration form (please note that the same registration is used for RITD and the Mythgard Academy, so you only need to register once!). Also, please go to the page and “Like” our Mythgard Academy Facebook page to get updates and reminders about the class.
The Book of Lost Tales, Part I is available from Amazon. It can be purchased in hardcover, paperback, or electronic formats.
Class 1: The Cottage of Lost Play
Read: Foreword, Chapter 1
Class 2: The Dawning of the Gods
Read: Chapters 2-3
Silmarillion Review: “Ainulindale,” “Valaquenta,” and “Quenta Silmarillion,” Chapter 1
Class 3: The Choices of the Valar
Read: Chapters 4-5
Silmarillion Review: “Quenta,” Chapters 3, 5
Class 4: Q&A Session 1
Class 5: The Darkening of Hearts in Valinor
Read: Chapters 6-7
Silmarillion Review: “Quentaa” Chapters 6-9
Class 6: The Misadventures of the Gods
Read: Chapter 8
Silmarillion Review: “Quenta” Chapter 11
Class 7: In Contact with the Earth
Read: Chapters 9-10
Silmarillion Review: “Quenta”
Class 8: Q&A Session 2
Class 9: Special Session: Subcreation and Tolkien’s Languages
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