Lewis & Tolkien

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mythgard Institute tackles the making of myth by exploring Tolkien and Lewis this Fall

Hollis, NH. –  The Mythgard Institute will be continuing their look at the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien – while delving into new territory – by offering the course “Lewis & Tolkien” this Fall.  The 12-week course can be taken for master’s level credit or audited and will focus on examining the work of Tolkien and Lewis hand-in-hand.  The class will engage in a careful comparison of Lewis’ and Tolkien’s fiction, paying close attention to those moments when they are both exploring similar ideas or undertaking comparable literary enterprises.  Not only will the course look at what they shared in common, but will also examine their primary differences.  Books and essays to be discussed include but are not limited to The HobbitThe Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, “Ainulindale,” The Magician’s Nephew, “Leaf by Niggle,” Till We have Faces, “The Lost Road,” The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and “Smith of Wootton Major.”  Registration for this course closes Friday, September 5, 2014.

“Lewis & Tolkien” will be taught by well-known Tolkien scholar Dr. Corey Olsen, who is also known to Internet audiences as “The Tolkien Professor” for his hit iTunes podcasts and scholarly website on the subject.  His well-received book, Exploring The Hobbit, was published by Houghton Mifflin in September 2012.  Olsen most recently taught in the English Department at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

The Mythgard Institute is an online institution that offers challenging, engaging classes, taught by world-class teachers and leading scholars in order to provide students with new opportunities to study works by authors like Tolkien and Lewis seriously and with academic rigor, either for their own enrichment or towards the achievement of a degree.  The Institute offers literature courses at the master’s level and offers concentrations in areas such as Tolkien studies, medieval literature, and fantasy literature.

“Lewis & Tolkien” is one of three Fall semester courses being offered via the Mythgard Institute.  The others are “Science Fiction, Part I“ with Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and “Roots of the Mountain: Fantasy Before Tolkien” with Dr. Douglas Anderson.

Image: Drew Blom for Mythgard Institute

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