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F404 Winter 2020 Tolkien's Legendarium

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F404 Winter 2020 Tolkien's Legendarium
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 29–Feb. 19
Instructor: Amelia Rutledge
Class limit: 40

Legendarium is J.R.R. Tolkien's name for the collected stories of Middle Earth—tales of the “Enemy, of whom Sauron...was but a servant,” of the great human heroes, Beren and the hapless Túrin—and events of the millennia preceding The Lord of the Rings, his best-known work. Tolkien constantly reworked his “great world” Arda for inner consistency. This required him to work as a speculative theologian as part of his rule-based world-building. The course will focus on the key concepts and episodes that underlie Tolkien's “Secondary World.”
  • Jan. 29: Creation and Fall: Tolkien's Theological Construct.
  • Feb. 5: Féanor and the Silmarils.
  • Feb. 12: Human Heroes: Beren and Lúthien, The Children of Húrin.
  • Feb. 19: Ending the Third Age: Sauron's Downfall, and The Departure of the Elven-Rings.
Strongly recommended: The Silmarillion (shorter versions of key stories with many used copies available).
Dr. Amelia A. Rutledge, a medievalist, retired from the English department at George Mason University where she taught courses in medieval literature, science fiction, fantasy, and children’s literature.

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Tallwood Campus

Amelia Rutledge 

Class Fee: 


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/29/2020 - 2/19/2020 Weekly - Wed 9:40 AM - 11:05 AM Fairfax, Tallwood Campus  Map, Room: TA-3 Amelia Rutledge 

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