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The Shaping of Middle Earth

by Signum University

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Course Description

Starting in January 2016, Mythgard Academy will take a look at the forth volume of the History of Middle-earth (HoME) series, titled The Shaping of Middle-earth, with a free, eight-week seminar.

Last year, the Academy explored two volumes in the HoME series - The Book of Lost Tales, Part II and The Lays of Beleriand - and with the guidance of the Council of the Wise and votes cast by Signum University supporters who have donated $25 or more, the clear desire is to continue our in-depth study of the development of JRR Tolkien's world of Middle-earth.

Originally published in 1986, The Shaping of Middle-earth offers the first recognizable versions of stories that eventually became part of The Silmarillion. As Christopher Tolkien explains in the preface, these drafts were written by Tolkien in the 1930s and represent the point to which Tolkien had developed his legendarium at the time The Hobbit was published in 1937. Among other things, it contains an early outline of "The Silmarillion," along with the Quenta, Ambarkanta, and a number of Tolkien's signature hand-drawn maps that illustrated-cartography lovers will enjoy.
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