Lord of the Rings I: The Road Goes Ever On
by Signum University
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|2||The Fellowship of the Ring||The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien's three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth - home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving "little people," cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the "very few works of genius in recent literature." Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will. Donald Barr has described it as "a scrubbed morning world, and a ringing nightmare world...especially sunlit, and shadowed by perils very fundamental, of a peculiarly uncompounded darkness." The story of ths world is one of high and heroic adventure. Barr compared it to Beowulf, C.S. Lewis to Orlando Furioso, W.H. Auden to The Thirty-nine Steps. In fact the saga is sui generis - a triumph of imagination which springs to life within its own framework and on its own terms.||--||$9.99||View in iTunes|
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Professor Olsen does it again
The Professor is, IMHO, the best Tolkien scholar of our time, but he matches that with an ability to teach that is phenomenal.
Do it again, Professor, with The Two Towers and Return of the King!
Covering the stuff normally missed
As the professor himself describes it, this class focuses on the parts he normally has to skip when teaching LOTR. So caution… This is great (really great) for those already deeply immersed. Not sure if it’d be satisfying for someone approaching this material for the first time.