Unfinished Tales

Unfinished TalesJoin Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor, for a ten-week study of Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth! We will work our way through all four parts of the book in ten weekly sessions. Like all Mythgard Academy classes, this study is free and open to the public. You can download audio or video recordings of the class sessions here from our website, through our Mythgard podcast feed on iTunes, or through our Unfinished Tales course on iTunes U.

This class is part of the series of open classes made possible by the generosity of all the good people who contributed to our fundraising campaign. The subjects of our Mythgard Academy courses are nominated and elected entirely by our generous supporters. In this round, Unfinished Tales narrowly edged out Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and Watership Down by Richard Adams.

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Class 1: Tuor, and an Overview

Read: Part I, Chapter 1


Class 2: The Grievous First Half of the “Narn I Hin Hurin”

Read: Part I, Chapter 2 (up to Brethil)


Class 3: The Equally Grievous Second Half of the “Narn I Hin Hurin”

Read: Part I, Chapter 2 (from Brethil on)


Class 4: BONUS Q&A Session 1 — More on the House of Hador


Class 5: Númenor

Read: Part II, Chapters 1-3


Class 6: Galadriel and Celeborn

Read: Part II, Chapter 4


Class 7: Isildur and Eorl

Read: Part III, Chapters 1-2


Class 8: BONUS Q&A Session 2


Class 9: The Quest of Erebor

Read: Part III, Chapter 3


Class 10: The Ring and the Fords

Read: Part III, Chapters 4-5


Class 11: The Drúedain

Read: Part IV, Chapter 1


Class 12: The Istari

Read: Part IV, Chapter 2


Class 13: The Palantiri and Q&A Session

Read: Part IV, Chapter 3

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