Join Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor, for an in-depth look at the origins of Middle-earth. In The Book of Lost Tales Part 2, the Mythgard Academy returns to Tolkien’s earliest work. In the Book of Lost Tales Part 1, we discussed Tolkien’s mythology and the framework that he developed for his mythic Tales. In the second part of the Lost Tales, we will discuss Tolkien’s first attempt to develop and integrate his great tales, the stories that would serve as the cornerstones of Middle-earth for Tolkien’s entire creative career: the stories of Tinúviel, Turambar, Tuor, and Eärendel. Finally, we will look at the radical shift in Tolkien’s thought that began to take place around the time when he abandoned the Lost Tales, and we will discuss its implications for the future direction of Tolkien’s stories. 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 an exhilarating journey with the rabbits of Watership Down, the Mythgard Academy electors have turned back to Tolkien, choosing to follow up last year’s study of The Book of Lost Tales, Part I with an examination of the second volume.
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
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The Book of Lost Tales, Part II is available from Amazon. It can be purchased in hardcover, paperback, or electronic formats.
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