Beyond Middle-earth

Beyond Middle-earth Course Art

Taught by Dr. Corey Olsen and Dr. Tom Shippey

Tolkien’s Middle-earth legends dominated his creative life, from their birth in the early Silmarillion tales through their absorption of Bilbo Baggins’s diary and their culmination in the tale of the Great Ring. However, throughout his life, Tolkien wrote many small pieces of prose and verse that were not directly drawn into the great narrative of Middle-earth. Tolkien’s children’s books, his scholarship, his short stories, and his eclectic short poems combine to provide a unique glimpse into Tolkien’s thought and imaginative development over the course of fifty years. This summer, join Mythgard President Corey Olsen and the great Tolkien and Anglo-Saxon scholar Tom Shippey for an in-depth look at a J.R.R. Tolkien you might never have met before.

Beyond Middle-earth will meet Monday and Thursday (primary lecture and closing session) from 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm (UTC-5)

Course Schedule

Week 1 (May 13 – 17):
Leaf by Niggle

Week 2 (May 20 – 24):
Farmer Giles of Ham

Week 3 (May 27 – 31):
“The Adventures of Tom Bombadil”

Week 4 (June 3 – 7):
Short Poems: Of Boots, Bimble Bay, and the Man in the Moon

Week 5 (June 10 – 14):
Short Poems: Of Beasts, Fabulous Monsters, and Fairies

Week 6 (June 17 – 21):
Short Poems: Of Diverse Mariners

Week 7 (June 24 – 28):
Smith of Wootton Major

Week 8 (July 1 – 5):
Tolkien’s Scholarship: Beowulf
Dr. Tom Shippey

Week 9 (July 8 – 12):
Tolkien’s Scholarship: Beorhtnoth and Sir Gawain
Dr. Tom Shippey

Week 10 (July 15 – 19):
Tolkien’s Scholarship: Pearl and Sir Orfeo
Dr. Tom Shippey

Week 11 (July 22 – 26):
The Father Christmas Letters

Week 12 (July 29 – Aug 1):
Roverandom

Required Texts