The Lord of the Rings I: The Road Goes Ever On
Dates: July 9 – July 25, 2012
Taught by: Dr. Corey Olsen
In this class, we will read carefully through The Fellowship of the Ring. We will discuss Tolkien’s elaborate framing of the story and look at the growth and development of the story from its first chapter through the increased seriousness and darkness of the story that follows. We will look at the characters and peoples whose stories Tolkien tells along the way, such as Aragorn, Gandalf, the fading of the High Elves, and the fall of the dwarves of Moria. Throughout our discussion, of course, we will watch carefully the development of the Ring itself and Frodo’s own changing relationship with it, culminating in his moment of crisis on Amon Hen.
Six Class Schedule:
- Forward, Prologue, Book I, Chapters i-iii
- Book I, Chapters iv-viii
- Book I, Chapters ix-xii
- Book II, Chapters i-iii
- Book II, Chapters iv-vi
- Book II, Chapters vii-x
Hogwarts 101: Exploring Harry Potter, Years 1-3
Dates: July 2 – July 18, 2012
Taught by: Dr. Amy H. Sturgis
Why is the Harry Potter series a record-setting success story across the world? What great traditions and works inspired the saga? What lasting lessons and big ideas can we draw from it? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she considers the first three Harry Potter novels – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban –through the lenses of literature, history, philosophy, and popular culture studies. Even if you’re a dedicated fan, there’s always more to discover!
No wand? No owl? No problem! Muggles and squibs are welcome as Mythgard Academy investigates the magical worlds and deeper meanings of the Harry Potter saga.
Six Class Schedule:
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapters 1-10
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapters 11-17
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 1-11
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 12-18
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 1-12
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 13-22