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The Book of Lost Tales, Part II

by Signum University

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Course Description

Have you ever wondered how J.R.R. Tolkien’s compelling and detailed fictional world developed?  Would you like to study how stories and mythologies grow?  Are you interested to read Tolkien’s early works published in The History of Middle-earth series, but you’ve been a little intimidated about beginning?  Do you find that The Silmarillion just doesn’t contain enough names to suit you?

Join Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor, for an in-depth look at the origins of Middle-earth. In The Book of Lost Tales, Part II, the Mythgard Academy returns to Tolkien's earliest work. In the Book of Lost Tales, Part I, we discussed Tolkien's mythology and the framework that he developed for his mythic Tales. In the second part of the Lost Tales, we will discuss Tolkien's first attempt to develop and integrate his great tales, the stories that would serve as the cornerstones of Middle-earth for Tolkien's entire creative career: the stories of Tinúviel, Turambar, Tuor, and Eärendel. Finally, we will look at the radical shift in Tolkien's thought that began to take place around the time when he abandoned the Lost Tales, and we will discuss its implications for the future direction of Tolkien's stories. 

As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the class is tuition-free and open to the public. The first 100 participants for each session are able to participate in the discussion live, and both video and audio recordings of the classes will be available through this course, the Mythgard podcast feed, and on our website.
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