The Book of Lost Tales, Part II

Book of Lost Tales, Part II

The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2 by J.R.R. Tolkien (cover)Join Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor, as he continues his in-depth look at the origins of Middle-earth with The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2, which is the second book in the 12-volume History of Middle-earth.

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, including 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.

The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2 is available from Amazon. It can be purchased in hardcover, paperback, or electronic formats.

A Message from Dr. Corey Olsen

As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the seminar is completely 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 1 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

Schedule for The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2

The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2 seminar originally took place from February 11 – April 15, 2015, on Wednesday evenings.

Week 1: Modest Beginnings

Read: Chapter 1

Week 2: Discovering Greatness

Read: Chapter 1

Week 3: Turin the Fey

Read: Chapter 2, pp 69-91 (plus notes and commentary)

Week 4: Doom and Tears

Read: The rest of Chapter 2

Week 5: Before the Beginning

Read: Chapter 3, pp 144-169 (plus notes and commentary)

Week 6: Lighter and More

Read: The rest of Chapter 3
Review: Silmarillion, Chapter 11 (Quenta)

Week 7: Curses! Foiled Again!

Read: Chapter 4

Week 8: The Tale’s True Beginning

Read: Chapter 5

Week 9: The Eriol Story

Read: Chapter 6, pp 278-300

Week 10: If You Believe the Old Tales

Read: Chapter 6, pp 300-334

Artwork for The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2

The artwork for The Book of Lost Tales, Part 2 was adapted from “Flight of the Doomed” by Ted Nasmith. Used with permission.

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