BeforeTolkien

14 yrs. and up,  $175 - Prerequisite: Must have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Sojourn through the ages, reading Greek and Norse mythology and Christian tales. Each class will take time to discuss Tolkien’s works in light of the bigger, weekly discussions. The reading list includes titles that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings, and students can begin to glimpse the great wealth of inspiration that inspired the timeless characters of Tolkien's work. While some readings may be challenging, they serve as a great reminder of the early legends and stories that continue to shape our culture and persistently fascinate the imagination.

To Buy:

  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

All other readings will be provided in an online format to registered students, although students may wish to obtain hard copies of the works by Padraic Colum and George MacDonald.


Reading List:

  • The Golden Fleece by Padraic Colum
  • The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum
  • Beowulf
  • The Nibelungenlied
  • Phantastes by George MacDonald
  • The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  • Norse Poetry: Poetic & Prose Edda
  • Old English Poetry