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Tolkien & Magic

May 2022

Precepted by Sørina Higgins.
The magic of Middle-earth is a fascinating topic, sparking conversations about its nature, origins, mechanism, and primary-world analogues. Did you know that while Tolkien was writing his fictional language, many of his friends and contemporaries were practicing ceremonial magic? In this class, we’ll look at Elf-magic, Entish powers, prophecy, wizardry, telepathy, the power of the Ring, angelic and constructed languages, words of power, Saruman’s sorcerous voice, immortality, and spiritual ontology. We might even find out what Tolkien thought of his friends who told fortunes and cast spells!

Required Texts

Required text: The Lord of the Rings (any edition). Recommended text: The Silmarillion (any edition).

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Days and Times

Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays @4:00 PM (Eastern Time), starting May 3

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